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Re: [TowerTalk] Horizontal tower movement at the top

To: Robert Chudek - K0RC <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Horizontal tower movement at the top
From: David Gilbert <>
Date: Tue, 08 May 2007 09:45:29 -0700
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I have exactly the same view of this situation.  Why build a redundant 
support when climbing the existing support is the real issue?

I'd also lean toward the crane-on-demand solution, but I'd bet it would 
take less money than $1000 or $2000 to strap a rail to the tree and 
build a cage and motorized winch arrangement that a person could ride up 
the tree in style and safety.  The "cage" could be just a platform with 
a fence, and the winch and battery could mount to the platform so you 
could control it directly.  The rail is the only thing that might 
require a bit of thought.

Using a tower just doesn't make sense to me at all.

Dave AB7E

Robert Chudek - K0RC wrote:
> If you are serious about this, put your money in the bank and hire a crane 
> service when necessary to do antenna work. How many times do you need to 
> service the antenna each year? Then take your wife out to dinner with the 
> extra cash.
> If that is not acceptable, forget about using a tower. Why do you need a 
> tower? You're still gonna use the tree for mounting the antenna, right? The 
> problem you face is climbing the tree. So you need a solution for climbing 
> the tree, not adding another maintenance item (tower).
> I would go to Menards, Lowes, Home Depot, (whatever) and buy aluminum or 
> fiberglass ladders. A 10 ft section of ladder will be a lot less than $200. 
> Then I would fabricate standoffs that attach or lag into the tree. Next, 
> attach to each ladder section. You don't have to worry about sway or anything 
> else.
> 73 de Bob - KØRC in MN

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