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Re: [TowerTalk] Heights Towers Aluminum??

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Heights Towers Aluminum??
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Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 21:13:34 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi Dick,

Unlike K3CB's recent experiences with the catastrophic failure ofboth of his 
Heights crank-up towers (one in dead calm weather and the other in light 30 MPH 
winds), the collapse of the Heights tilt-over tower was the direct result of an 
inexperienced tower owner significantly exceeding the maximum dead weight 

I suspect he isn't alone in failing to appreciate the importance of not 
exceeding the dead weight specification for tilt-over towers.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 16:40:33 -0600
>From: "Dick Williams" <>  
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Heights Towers Aluminum??  
>To: <>
>I have seen several interesting comments on the reflector concerning Heights 
>Alum towers; and in fact, I posted a couple myself.
>As I mentioned in a previous post, I have three of them and they all tilt 
>over in the center (80 ft towers with the fold over at the 40 ft level).
>Obviously, weight is a concern, you can't put 400 lbs of antenna and 
>acessories on the top and expect it to work.
>Alum masts certainly help; in fact I have a nice 20 ft, 1/2 inch wall one 
>sitting on the ground that I am not using right now (150 bucks picked up).
>As far as size, I have not found that to be a problem (just weight).    I 
>put the antenna together (or take it down to work on with the boom parallel 
>to the ground (elements vertical).   If the elements are too long, I just 
>start removing element  sections as I lower it down until the boom is low 
>enough to work on.
>It is too bad that Glenn Martin Engineering does not produce the Voyager any 
>more.  It is the similiar to the Hazer except it is on a external track on 
>the side of the tower.   I have one on a 120 ft Rohn tower.  Have a Force 12 
>Mag 620/340N on it with a M2 R2800 rotor.  Works great; brings the antenna 
>right down to the ground ready to be worked on when needed.   And all it 
>takes is a 1/2 inch electric drill to raise and lower it.
>All said and done, I like the Heights towers and the Voyager system for 
>"ground level" antenna work.
>Dick  K8ZTT
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