On 8/30/11 3:51 AM, Tom Kennedy wrote:
> On any tower of any description a yearly maintenance check is a must, no
> matter which system is being used. Towers that fail have been left with out
You know.. we see this advice all the time: "It's time for your annual
spring tower check".. but I wonder.
There's an awful lot of power/telephone poles out there that I doubt get
checked on an annual basis, and not a whole lot of them fail. Likewise
light poles, freeway signs. Sure, if one breaks or gets obviously
damaged, they go out and fix it, but is there some sort of organized "go
check the poles and signs" activity?
And on big transmitting towers, I can see regular maintenance being part
of the plan (you have to paint the darn thing and keep the lights
working, for instance).
Likewise, if you have a crankup.. moving mechanical devices need
Maybe it's because hams have a long history of improvisation and
overloading (if the antenna didn't fall down in last winter's storms, it
wasn't big enough) or it's from our agrarian heritage (the snow melts,
time to get the plow out, curry the winter coat out of the draft horse,
But, for instance, this thing about "checking the ground rod clamp"...
the whole point of the clamp design is so that it shouldn't loosen with
thermal cycling (i.e. does the electric company come out and check your
grounding connection every year? Do you see recommendations that
homeowners hire a licensed electrician annually?) And of course, one of
the advantages of exothermic welding over clamps is that there's no
possibility of it changing. Or is this, again, because hams have used
all manner of improvised clamping schemes, and "design for immovability"
wasn't necessarily in the list of requirements.
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