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.
Gene Smar AD3F
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Gager" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
> anyone else out there that thinks this is a really bad idea or has done
> same and wished they hadn't? :) If you have the hand-crank on the 472 is
> 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.
> John K7KB
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