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Re: [TowerTalk] Plenty of Ham Friends who climb towers

To: "Lee Buller" <>,"TowerTalk Reflector" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Plenty of Ham Friends who climb towers
From: "jeremy-ca" <>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 11:27:38 -0400
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Well, Im 66 and still climb; including my 180' Rohn 45. Ive 4 towers on the 

The secret is to never stop climbing, dont smoke and keep in reasonable 
shape. Since I retired I walk 2-3 miles daily (all uphill on the return leg) 
weather permitting, and do some work with weights. I actually feel stronger 
than I did 10 years ago. A phone call will bring others if I need help on 
the top or on the hoisting ropes.

I know several that are in their 70's and still climb and a good friend that 
owned a commercial tower business finally stopped at 72.

My first climb was when I was 16 at a June VHF Contest. One of my buddies 
dad owned a 650' commercial tower and building down in LINY with several 
spare feedlines going to the big platform at the top. Too young and stupid 
to be scared, I made that trip several times hauling antennas up and down.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lee Buller" <>
To: "TowerTalk Reflector" <>
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2007 9:42 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Plenty of Ham Friends who climb towers

> This is more of a Lament that anything.  A subscriber commented in the 
> StepPIR vs any other antenna war....that he has plenty of ham friends to 
> climb a tower.
> Well, try that in Kansas....with all the guys in our club pushing 60 and 
> above with about three guys below the age of 40.  Yes, we try to get young 
> people involved, but most are not interested.  The last class we had were 
> all retirees wanting something to do...or...people interested in 
> Disaster/Terrorist/ParaMilitary operations.  These are the guys who want 
> to have a mobile radio and a handitalkie on their belt.  Not general run 
> of the mill guys interested in radio/electronics/antennas/etc.
> I am sure there are other people out there living in the "hinterlands" 
> that have the same issues....lack of Ham Friends in the immediate locale. 
> RATS!  If I need tower work done, my good buddies, AB0S and W0NO, have to 
> drive 2 hours.  Well, that is par for the course in least iit 
> is flat and straight roads and you can run 75 MPH.
> Flame suit on....
> Lee - K0WA
> PS  I have plenty of non ham friends ... but they don't climb either
> In our day and age it seems that Common Sense is in short supply.  If you 
> don't have any Common Sense - get some Common Sense and use it.  If you 
> can't find any Common Sense, ask for help from somebody who has some 
> Common Sense.  Is Common Sense devine?
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