And don'r forget to tuck your pant cuffs into your socks. -W2LU
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To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2010 4:49 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Flying critters
> In a message dated 8/15/2010 11:44:10 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>> Once I was doing repair on a coax switch about 70' up on the tower. As
> was taking the cover off the enclosure I heard a very loud "rattle"
> the box. I remember thinking that it sounded like a rattlesnake, but how
> could a snake climb a tower?
>> As I took the cover off the box I was engulfed by a swarm of wasps.
> seems they had decided to build a large nest inside. The rattle was them
> flying into the metal box.
>> I immediately aborted my repair and carefully began to descend the
>> By the time I got to the ground, the little buggers had "gotten" me 6
>> Lessons learned:
>> -Seal all enclosures to prevent insects from entering.
> -Wear long pants and sleeves...even in hot weather.
> -Its better to have switches ground mounted than up the tower. (even for
> -Always have 2 halyards on the belt. Always be strapped-in.
> And always have a container of Adolph's Meat Tenderizer on hand. There
> are enzymes in it that'll take the sting out of a wasp, etc. bite. And it
> works in less than a minute. Highly recommended.
> Steve K7LXC
> TOWER TECH
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