How old are you? How's your health? How long to do expect to own the
I previously had a Hy-Gain 72' HG-70HD that wasn't positive pull-down and
wasn't motorized. It took more time to crank it up and down, as expected,
and the effort wasn't trivial, at least to me!
I don't tilt my HDX-589 over except when I have relocated it to another QTH
because of the stacked antennas I have on it. A secondary reason is the
need to remove so many bolts and my ground wire clamps. This time I did
leave the raising fixture attached, though I've removed and stored it in the
You'll forget about the cost after a while but will always be thankful you
got the factory-installed motor.
BTW, I bought the remote control package for mine, but I don't raise or
lower it remotely, so that I wouldn't do again.
I have gone the crank-up route and much prefer the positive motor drive
version. It only takes a view up and down manual operations to convince some
that it is folly. While you are at it, consider the tilt-over feature. This
will make antenna troubleshooting, additions, and changes much easier. Good
luck in your quest.
Tommy - K6YE
----- Original Message -----
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?
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