In a message dated 10/10/2011 8:10:41 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> Any hints on tilting up a Rohn HDBX-48? I have a Traffie Hex beam just
above the top ( another 12 pounds). My machinist next door neighbor said
could do it with a Bobcat, but we failed. We kept it under control, no one
got hurt and there was no damage to the tower or antenna. There is no room
for a falling derrick. No real room for a crane. The project is almost
of time for the year and pretty much out of money.
> I suspect I will have to wait for next year and build the tower
one section at a time.
Correcto mundo. There isn't a good BX ginpole out there so you'll have
to make one. Get a 12-15' piece of hefty aluminum. Put a pulley on the top
(your choice of mounting and the lightweight high impact plastic pulley
from Champion Radio Products will make it easier to deal with) and lash the
mast to the leg. Be sure you have a carabiner or something at the bottom to
keep the piece of aluminum from slipping down and you'll be good to go.
> Which begs the question of how do lift the Hexbeam without damage?
It's light enough to be handled with one hand so just pull it up and
manhandle it to the mast.
Cheers & GL,
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