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Re: [TowerTalk] re Wooden poles

To: "Rob Atkinson" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] re Wooden poles
From: "jeremy-ca" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2007 13:37:29 -0400
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Old poles make great supports for 4 squares using elevated radials. Attach a 
2 x 6 crossarm as a ladder support and even construct a small equipment 
platform for tuning.

The utility companies have to pay to get rid of shorties (ones that cant be 
reused elsewhere) that have been removed for various reasons. With only 
10-20' needed above ground these are easy to install without having to use 
contract labor.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rob Atkinson" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 12:55 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] re Wooden poles

>I have not read the CQ article but a couple of things about wood poles give
> me pause (I've considered them in the past) assuming you can get  one to
> your QTH and get a crew with a big auger to drill a hole and upend it.
> Firstly, you are going to have to climb it eventually.   You can get 
> around
> having to use climbing boots and spurs by having rungs put in the pole but
> even with those, how high do you want to climb and how long do you want to
> stand on this thing, straddling the pole?   You can have a bucket come in
> for you ($$$), but not for a 120 footer.
> Secondly, eventually you are going to have to deal with getting that pole
> out of there.   Let's face it, nothing lasts forever.   Personally, I'd
> prefer to take down a tower.
> By the way, someone wrote something about getting the job done for "a few
> cases of beer."   I hate to deliver bad news, but  _no one_  does
> _anything_  for a few of this or that anymore.   People loose jobs, get
> sued, or put in jail now for doing a favor on the side for a few of this 
> or
> that.  A lot of hams seem to think it's still the 1950s.
> 73,
> rob / k5uj
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