Well hooray for you! I turned 65 in January and have 4 more towers to put
up, one a 200 footer with stacked 4el 40M Yagis. I would be climbing now
except for an unexpected triple bypass heart operation March 15. Now the
doc says no climbing until the sternum heals next October. I have a friend
here who is 75 and still climbs.
73, Keith NM5G
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of jeremy-ca
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2007 10:28 AM
To: Lee Buller; TowerTalk Reflector
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Plenty of Ham Friends who climb towers
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" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "TowerTalk Reflector" <email@example.com>
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 Kansas...at 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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