Back in the day when I used the power pole, I also acquired the steel
climbing pegs which worked very well for climbing. I should think they are
fairly common....not everyone wants to use the spurs for climbing.
I never had a problem with the creosote treatment but that was almost 50
years ago. The pole was about 30 years old when I put it in and was removed
(by a later homeowner about 20 years after that).
73, Al W7XA
XA Associates Inc.
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[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Eric
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 5:43 PM
To: antenna forum; tower talk
Subject: [Antenna-discussion] telephone poles from the electric co.
Thank you ! This was the information I was looking for and then some.
Yes, I wanted to know what issues I might encounter with getting the
pole and then installing it. From your suggestions I would definitely
have someone install it for me. I am in a very rural area about 30
miles north of Wilmington so I don't think a permit would be an issue.
I will definitely contact the power company and get more information as
far as if I could pay them overtime to install it. I will also
reconsider my idea about climbing it, I will rig something to raise and
lower the antenna from the ground. One nice thing about it, I might be
able to persuade them to bring me one of their used poles when they
bring my new pole for my new service, When they install my 3 phase power
they are going to have to replace my pole with a stronger one to support
the additional transformers that I will need for my 3 phase.
I really did not realize that there was so much involved with doing
this. Yes, I agree to stay away from the creosote treated poles, I
don't want to cause myself anymore problems. They are doing a lot of
logging in my area, In fact there are a lot of logging trucks that go by
my property and I will see about contacting one of them. As far as the
hole, I understand I would need to dig a 5 ft. hole and I would be able
to do this very easily at my place since most of my land is very sandy
and it would be easy to dig.
I liked the idea about making something with the steel ring and
skateboard wheels and be able to raise and lower the antenna that way.
Age has a way of catching up to all of us and I am not sure if I really
want to take the chance of climbing it.
I will definitely get more information on this and make a full report of
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