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Re: [TowerTalk] Flying critters

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Flying critters
From: "Roger (K8RI)" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:53:36 -0400
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On 8/16/2010 4:49 AM, wrote:
> In a message dated 8/15/2010 11:44:10 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
>>   Once I was doing repair on a coax switch about 70' up on  the tower.  As
> I
> was taking the cover off the enclosure I heard a very  loud "rattle" within
> 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.   It
> 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
> tower.
>>   By the  time I got to the ground, the little buggers had "gotten" me 6
> times.
>>   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
> stacks).
> -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.
Man, does that stuff work!  years ago I developed a relergic reaction to 
a number of stings and bites.
The Doc's instructions, carry a package of Adolph's Meat Tenderizer and 
apply immediately. The difference between
Immediately and even one minute was substantial. If I went in the house 
and applied the stuff to a black fly bite on the wrist,
my wrist would become as large or larger than my hand.  At one minute it 
would look like a bad sting. Applied immediately
there would only be a tiny red spot at the actual bite with no residual 
itching.  The same applied to bee stings.

I had to take allergy shots for a couple of years and the allergy went 
away.  Allergies are strange, they can come on, last for a time, and go 
away. Things that bothered as a kid may not bother as an adult things 
that never bothered may suddenly do so.


Roger (K8RI)
> Cheers,
> Steve    K7LXC
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