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Re: [TowerTalk] guying temporary towers

To: Tearlach Sinclair <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] guying temporary towers
From: "Roger (K8RI)" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2008 12:13:29 -0400
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Tearlach Sinclair wrote:
> IMHO, field day is about emergency communications so any set-up that requires 
> a crane to set up two towers, no matter how they are guyed,  is missing the 
> point
> of emergency communications. 
Agreed although some clubs do have elaborate emergency communications 
setups on trailers.  Our club doesn't use any thing that can't be put up 
by hand and we try to keep the antennas simple. Those that are easy to tune.

the largest we ever put up was a light duty 40' tower with a small, 3L 
tribander that 4 men could push up. Normally we stick with 30' as an 
arbitrary limit for poles and towers.  This year  our club president  
built a "crank up" mast  out of PVC. It looks like a miniature version 
of the big crank up  poles. Of course this one didn't rotate and all it 
supported was the end of a wire.
>  For field day, we set up two wire antennas in the trees
>  and a Gap Challenger that was ground mounted.  We got out several deep cycle 
> batteries
> for the radios and later had a small generator that helped with the power 
> needs.   We were
> set-up and running in just an hour.  We operated for the entire 24 hours and 
> could have
> picked up and moved the entire show in that same hour should the "emergency" 
> required. I do
> not understand how it is that tower raising and all that fits in with a 
> simulated emergency
> situation.
> That's just my thoughts,for what it's worth.
> Tearlach de w8sco

Roger (K8RI - ARRL Life Member)
N833R (World's oldest Debonair)


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