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Subject: [TowerTalk] FW: raising platform question
From: "Gary E. Jones" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 23:49:20 -0500
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From: Gary E. Jones [] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 11:49 PM
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Subject: RE: [TowerTalk] raising platform question


I have two US Tower HDX-589 MDPL motorized crank up towers (89' extended and
23 feet nested). I needed to put 20' heavy duty masts in each tower because
I was going to put two yagis on each tower, one yagi 10' above the other on
each mast. To do the job, I rented a diesel powered "Man Lift". These are
the devices what one controls from a basket at the end of a telescoping
boom. The one I rented is a 65' man lift and it rented for about $400 per
day. I got it on Friday and gave it back on Monday and paid for one day. A
day is determined by the run time of the diesel engine (8 hours = 1 day) and
the engine needs be on only when moving the boom. This is the type of device
that one sees many construction companies using to install windows on three
story buildings, and you see workmen using working on the underside of
bridges, etc. 

I needed to do almost all of the work on my two towers by myself and at 62
years of age, I needed some mechanical help. With the motorized man lift, I
was able to set both rotors, then set tall masts in each, and stack two big
yagis on each mast all by myself. 

I know that a good 3 or 4 man antenna crew and a good climber can do all
this (I did it that way for 40 years with me doing all or most of the
climbing), but it also can be done the way you are anticipating. At this
point, I have more money than local climbing crew so, I did it myself. 

Go for it. 

        Gary     W5FI 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Larry Melby
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 6:46 PM
To:; k2vi
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] raising platform question

Seems like it would be easier to install a HAZER and lower the antenna to
Larry KA5TXL

--- On Wed, 6/3/09, k2vi <> wrote:

From: k2vi <>
Subject: [TowerTalk] raising platform question
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 6:15 PM

Im really hesitant on errecting a crank up tower due to constant
maintenance. I had a brainstorm. I can put up a solid 50' free standing
tower and purchase a bucket raising aparatus To get me to the 50' level. Im
sure someone had done it this way at one time, what would the cost be? It
would be a pleasure to just sit it on the bucket and attach it to the mast
as a one man job. What do you guys think of my hair brain scheme?

tony k2vi

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