This is a timely subject because the utility company is replacing poles about a
mile south of my QTH. It appears the old 40 footers are being replaced by 60
I have been tempted to stop and ask the crew chief if they'd like to deliver a
half dozen and install them for me (I've got 25+ acres to play on). They are
sawing them off a couple feet above ground. I have seen them cut up into 4 foot
lengths and stacked along the ditch too.
The one thing I know is they are extremely heavy. Proper equipment is needed to
lift, tilt, and set them into the hole. If you're really interested in this, I
would talk to the crew foreman to see if there is any possibility they would
set a pole for you during their down time.
And here's a link to everything you ever wanted to know about utility poles:
73 de Bob - KØRC in MN
Date: Tue, 02 Jun 2009 22:15:13 -0700
From: "Harold R. Hepner" <email@example.com>
Subject: .Re: [TowerTalk] telephone poles from the electric co.
To: Eric <firstname.lastname@example.org>, antenna forum
<email@example.com>, tower talk
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In some counties/states, utility poles that have been removed form
service are considered hazardous waste. The poles may have been
replaced because they are no longer structurally sound.
At 07:16 PM 6/2/2009, Eric wrote:
>My casual conversation turned in a great opportunity today. The
>electric company sent someone out to my property today to survey my 3
>phase job. I asked him what they did with the old poles they remove and
>upgrade from time to time and he told me that they took them back to the
>company and put them in a pile and did not use them. After I explained
>to him that I was in amateur radio and had heard other amateurs
>installing them for their stations he told me that I could have one or two.
>This brings me to my second point, What is involved in getting one and
>installing them ? Is this worth further effort in trying to get one. I
>would have to transport the pole to my property and install it. What is
>the best way of transporting a power pole ? Has anyone tried to install
>one ? He did tell me that in the old days that they installed them by
>an a frame and a winch to pick it up. I might even have some trees
>nearby to use for the anchor support.
>Is this even worth trying to do it or is it more trouble than it's worth ?
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