In a message dated 4/9/2008 1:28:38 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> Since I started erecting my tower I have requested advice from this group
and received excellent guidance.
You came to the right place!
> Now the tower is up and I need advice on
how to rout the coax on a crack Up Tower. When lowering the tower what is
the neatest and safest way to route the coax so that when extending the
tower the coax will easily "unwind" again. I am hoping for some good ideas
as I could not come up with a single one - hi!
My preferred method is to tape the bundle of cables every foot or so
into one bundle. Secure the cables from the rotator and down the mast to a
rotation loop to the top-most coax standoff. Then have the cable bundle run
the subsequent standoffs to act as guides on the way up and down. The cable
bundle will coil onto the ground as it come down and the reverse is true as
well. Some guys like to collect the cable bundle into something; e.g. garbage
can, big fishing net, kiddie's swimming pool.
An alternative is to secure the bundle to each standoff. This
necessitates a lot of farting around running the tower up and down to get the
right and IMO doesn't buy you much.
The even more important aspect of this question is to ALWAYS BE STANDING
AT THE TOWER WHENEVER IT IS IN MOTION! A cable can catch on something,
something can break. If you're not watching it with the kill switch within
reach and you're not watching it, you're courting disaster.
Love those crack up towers.
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