There is an excellent presentation by W3LPL from the 2006 Dayton antenna
forum at (http://www.kkn.net/dayton2006/w3lpl_dayton_2006.pdf), titled
"Design, Construction and Maintenance
of Antennas and Towers for Storm Survival and Long Term Reliability -
Practical Checklists of Best Practices"
It would be a conservative solution, but if people only climbed towers that
had been designed and maintained according to Frank's checklists, there'd
probably be a few more still living.
73, Pete N4ZR
At 10:18 AM 6/27/2007, David Jordan wrote:
>What would be really good for the list members is a set of questions one
>should ask before beginning work on a tower that they do not own or do not
>have knowledge of the structural health.
>In the instance provided the writer was told the tower is in good shape, by
>the owner. That is a pretty subjective statement. What is good shape to an
>inexperienced ham radio operator who has no experience with towers might be
>a "red flag" for a professional tower installer. Some obvious questions that
>come to my mind are:
>- How long has the tower been installed?
>- Have the guy wires been replaced regularly?
>- Has the tower been inspected regularly?
>- Has the tower been hit by lightning?
>- Who did the installation?
>- Has the tension on the guy lines been measured?
>I'm sure there are better questions to ask but having a check-list for our
>list members might prevent future accidents. Maybe, such a list, already
>exist on a web site but I'm not aware of such a list and I'd like to have
>access to such a list for myself and my friends in the hobby. I'd post such
>a list on our club web page.
>[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Jim Lux
>Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 9:58 AM
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower ACCIDENT
>At 04:39 AM 6/27/2007, Bill Winkis wrote:
> >This information is all well and good ... it rings with a bell of
> >caution ... BUT , how do you know .. ????
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