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Re: [TowerTalk] Remote control of elevation/lowering

To: Fred Serota <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Remote control of elevation/lowering
From: Mickey Baker <>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 14:20:02 -0400
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I've ruminated about this issue. I'd love to be able to retrofit my tower
(when I get it installed) as well.

Here's a few issues I've identified:

   1. The largest potential liability for the manufacturer is to determine
   that the raising or lowering of the tower will not cause injury or damage to
   property. How do you know that the pathway for lowering is clear - that a
   person doesn't have their arm sticking through the lattice of the tower.
   This would require a warning klaxon, a flashing light and a sign, interlocks
   and potentially a video feed of the tower.
   2. Using the DPDT switch - if the AC power fails in mid rise or lower,
   what happens? When the power comes back, how will you know where the tower
   is in the raising/lowering process - was it static, going up or going down?
   It should reset and not continue any raising or lowering of the tower when
   the power comes back on!
   3. What happens in the event of a limit switch failure?
   4. How do you know if a limit switch has failed?
   5. What happens if there is a mechanical failure of another nature -
   motor, cables, crimp, binding of the sections? How do you detect these and
   what's the remediation?

I could build a controller for this - I have specific ideas around these

On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 2:01 PM, Fred Serota <> wrote:

> Has anyone wired the control box of a US Towers MD750 to control the
> lowering of the tower from the house(shack). Although the company sells a
> remote control, they do not seem to want to sell it, impressing on me the
> necessity to change over the original box, wire new "relays" and how they
> have never sold one after the fact of the tower sale.
> It seems to me that one should be able to simply wire a DPDT switch in
> parallel to the one on the tower and run the switch to the house. What am I
> missing?
> Fred, K3BHX
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Mickey Baker
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