AQ little Foresight is always very good..
Consider making a video inventory of all internal and external equipment,
complete with narration. Then you can pull frames into stills as a
before/after presentation. In your still photo's you can superimpose current
ie:, black arrow=Steppir antenna, cost $ XXXXXX, ........ red
arrow=Tailtwister rotator, cost $xxxxx...........Green arrow 1/2 Times
Hardline, 324 feet @ $xxxxxxx, etc
Also I gave my son a copy of the complete DVD so if the house burnt down how
would you identify and justify a Alpha 9500 and its cost...????
Burn down you say?....Lightning hit one of our neighbors and when they got
home from church that Sunday, No More House!!!!!
If you go to my "Shack Web Site" and study the pictures its evident that the
way they were taken it will be easy to justify the equipments existence,
and also prove there was a accepted ground system.
-Bill - KC4PE
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of K8RI on TT
Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2011 3:51 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Slightly OT - antenna damage
On 6/9/2011 8:22 AM, Larry wrote:
> Thanks for all replies - private and on the forum.
> The real thrust of my query was who did people use to assess the damage to
> satisfy the insurance company. Most adjusters will not have a clue. A
> tower installer may be the best answer yet if I can find one. The best the
> insurance company could suggest was an electrician.
> I did point the insurance company to websites that had the various damaged
> antennas listed yesterday.
What I did when I lost an antenna due to wind damage, was to give them
photos, and a receipt for the original cost and what they were selling
for new. The adjuster was satisfied and paid the replacement cost.
> I normally do the tower work myself with my son. The insurance company is
> with me doing the work but obviously would not pay for me or my son for
Why not? When I received the check it included standard pay at close to
$50 per hour back then. It wouldn't hurt to include the hours it takes
to do the repair or replacement. It all depends on the insurance
company. As you don't do antenna work for others with pay, you might
need to get an estimate from a tower climber.
Look around for professional outfits that do that kind of work and tell
them you need an estimate. They'll charge for it, so ask how much it'd
cost for an estimate for your insurance company.
Gene has some good suggestions.
> This will be interesting as the top antenna (a 2 element 40M yagi) has
> the half elements from one side over the top of the half elements on the
> other side making it unbalanced. The KT36XA has several elements that are
> now swept like jet wings. The rotator appears to be a goner. Surprisingly,
> the tower (100 foot Rohn 45G) seems to untouched.
> 73, Larry W6NWS
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gene Fuller"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Larry"<email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2011 1:40 AM
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Slightly OT - antenna damage
>> hi Larry -
>> Sorry to har about you problem. Ten ore fiftteen years ago I lost a tower
>> and a bif home made 40-10 "yagii" in an ice storm. Myinsurance accepted a
>> written estimate from a local tower manufacurer and installer and a copy
>> of an add (with price) for a very roughly equal LP. Although it seemed
>> like a lot of money to me,I think it was sort of small stuff to them
>> considering all of the claims they were handling. At any rate I felt they
>> handeled me very well. nb I then built a 10-40 LP which I love!
>> Good Luck es 73's,
>> Gene / W2LU
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Larry"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 7:41 PM
>> Subject: [TowerTalk] Slightly OT - antenna damage
>>> While I was in Asia a tornado came through the yard and damaged three
>>> antennas - two of the three antennas on the tower and one ground
>>> My insurance company isn't exactly sure how to figure the damage and
>>> thought maybe an electrician could look at the antennas. I am sure some
>>> readers have been through this kind of thing and I was wondering how it
>>> was handled. by their insurance company. Let's not clutter the forum
>>> replies but if you have experience and you are willing to share your
>>> experience I would appreciate an off-forum note to w6nws [at] arrl.net.
>>> 73, Larry W6NWS
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