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Subject: [TowerTalk] Researching a tower.
From: Leif Ericksen <>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 23:35:37 -0500
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I am researching a tower and if I have it my way I will be able to put
one up within the next 2 years unless something really inexpensive comes
up in the mean time.  The XYL does not want me climbing the beast so
that makes me have to consider a crank up.  At present I am thinking of
the US-Towers HDX555.  I am trying to fit wants/needs and village
requirements all together so I do not have to pull a PRB-1 act.
Antennas with surface areas exceeding 10 square
feet: antennas and antenna support structures
having a combined surface area greater than 10
square feet or having any single dimension
exceeding 12 feet shall be permitted as an
accessory use if and only if they comply with the
following regulations:
A.Height Limit for Detached Antennas: No
combination of such antenna and antenna
support structure shall, if ground mounted,
exceed 65 feet in height.
The antenna and its
support structure shall be designed to
withstand a wind force of 80 miles per hour
without the use of supporting guy wires.
Setback from Adjacent Buildings: No antenna or
its support structure shall be located in any
required side yard or nearer than one-half of the
height of the antenna and support structure to
any habitable building on any adjacent property.

With this I am not sure if I can guy the tower. as well I have utility
right-of-ways in my backyard taking 1 feet into my yard from the
property line that might make it hard to sink anchors for the guy wires
anyway.  On top of that I still have kids so maybe a free standing is my
best option.  taking a 65 structure I would have to be no less than 32
from base to any fence line.

>From what I have read so far:
        - crank-ups require maintenance and replacement of the cable.
        - I might want a fold over 
        - best NOT to climb a crank up unless it is fully collapsed
        - I might have to bring it down in stormy weather (Illinois, 
          McHenry County)

I am new to towers so I will hang out on this list and read the archives
any other suggestions of where to look for information so that I can be
best prepared when I have the money?  I would also like to know if it is
a good idea to hire a contractor or get a bunch of Ham buddies that have
installed towers to come do the job.  Incidentally I also have a walk
out basement so it is going to be hard to get the concrete and the tower
to the back yard.

Leif Ericksen


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