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## [TowerTalk] falling derrick for Universal Tower raising

 To: towertalk@contesting.com [TowerTalk] falling derrick for Universal Tower raising Chuck Gerarden Tue, 16 Oct 2007 08:12:21 -0600
 ```I recently bought and installed a 70' aluminum Universal tower to hold a XM-240 40 meter beam. If you look at the installation drawings you see a man walking up the tower. My contractor laughed pretty good at that illustration, as did I. I decided to use the falling derrick method of raising the tower. I bought a Rohn 25G tiltover base plate and 3 10' sections of 25G for the derrick. I mounted the plate on the same platform as the tower. I plan to use the winch on my 700lb ATV to pull the derrick down and the tower up. I have not done any calculations, as it is easier to ask you experts and civil engineers on this reflector. If nobody has the answers I will crack open the right books and figure it out. It looks like rather simple math based on weight of the tower, beam weight, rotor weight, mast, overhang past attachment point. Here are the facts. 70 foot alum. Universal tower HD21-70 322lbs 30' rohn 25 as derrick. XM-240 beam 55lbs - mounted just above tower tube, little extension beyond tower top 6' alum mast 5lbs DX1000 Yaesu rotor 10 lbs, mounted 3 feet down in top section steel line from 30' point on derrick to 40' point on Alum tower. I am open to SWAG's as well as calculated answers. If I missed any critical data, let me know. I know that calculating the sole tower weight beyond the 40' foot attachment is not known, but taking 1/3 of the tower weight as an estimate is close enough. based in the size of the sections below this point, probably conservative. any ideas from you geniuses out there? _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ TowerTalk mailing list TowerTalk@contesting.com http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/towertalk ```
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