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Subject: [TowerTalk] FW: Guyed vs. free-standing
From: "David Calder" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 18:40:52 -0400
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This is what they make a "tag" line for. The kind of tower we winch stuff up
you can't just take down a guy wire. You'll loose the tower. I know most
hams don't use these towers but it's the same principle.

There is no way I'm disconnecting a guy. Use a tag line. It keeps it away
from everything and you can winch it on up. SST's, the same way. No guys to
go around but still use a good tag with the load line.

I'm a site supervisor for one of the big 3 tower companies. One of the perks
is plenty of spare parts. hi

73 Dave

David Calder
DX cluster node 

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Guyed vs. free-standing

I agree with Bill, I have installed many large yagis by dropping the guys,
one set at a time and pulling the antenns straight up with very little
assistance.  It's easier if you install the antennas from the top down,
however things don't always work out that way and a person on the ground can
usually pull the antenna far enough away from the tower to go around the
obstacle.  This method will also work with a pier pin base as long as you
have at least one set of guys attached.  Pulling an antenna straight up a
freestanding tower is not always easy as some have a very large base

John KK9A

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Guyed vs. free-standing
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 12:30:26 EDT
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In a message dated 10/15/2007 2:34:42 P.M. Greenwich Standard Time, writes:

The  self
supporting tower allows yagis to be raised vertically with ease while  guyed
towers require working the antenna thru the guy  wires.


Wrong.  I and many other hams have successfully raised the antennas,  by
simply dropping the guys, either one group at a time, or by dropping all
guys and bringing it up the side of the tower.  Of course common sense is of
utmost importance in doing so....don't do it in heavy winds and so forth. 
it can be done on towers not installed with a flat plate or pivot  bases.

There are a couple of  other ways to go on this without having to  fight the
guys...trams, and assembling the antennas on the tower.

My plans for raising up all the antennas out here in KH6 is to bring them up
the side of the 150 foot tower one at a time.

Bill K4XS/KH7XS 


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