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Re: [TowerTalk] US Tower TX-472

To: "John Gager" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] US Tower TX-472
From: "Gene Smar" <>
Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2011 18:26:30 -0500
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     Here's what I posted about my own Skyhawk: .

     One hint - When you assemble the Skyhawk's elements, insert all three 
pop rivets at each joint before you pop the first one.  If you pop the tool 
after each rivet, the predrilled holes may shift and you'll have a heck of a 
time getting the last one in.

     Another hint:  Scour each joint's inner and outer surface with a clean 
Scotchbrite scouring pad, apply NoAlOx or similar anti-oxide compound 
SPARINGLY, then work the paste into the surfaces with a second (different) 
piece of Scotchbrite.  If the paste oozes out, you used too much.  If you 
re-use the same Scotchbrite pad to clean and work the paste into the 
surfaces, you'll just be rubbing the cleaned surface with the stuff you 
worked so hard to remove.

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Gager" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2011 6:13 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] US Tower TX-472

> Hi all. I'm currently in the planning stages for putting up a US Tower
> TX-472 Crank-Up 72 foot tower this spring. Although I would like the
> motorized crank-up, it adds about $1500 to the total cost of the tower
> system, so I'm just planning on purchasing the hand-crank version. Is 
> there
> anyone else out there that thinks this is a really bad idea or has done 
> the
> same and wished they hadn't? :) If you have the hand-crank on the 472 is 
> it
> really hard to crank-up or lower?
> I'm planning on putting up a Bencher Skyhawk Tribander along with their
> Skylark 17/12 meter beam, so if you have either one of those antennas, I
> would appreciate hearing your thoughts on performance and reliability.
> Thanks!
> John K7KB
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