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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Falling limbs on guys
From: Dennis W0JX <>
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Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2011 09:01:11 -0800 (PST)
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This issue is precisely why I elected back in 1977 to invest in a freestanding 
tower. In my first, second, third, and fourth homes (I've moved quite a bit), 
either the lot sizes, or presence of many trees, prevented a guyed tower 
situation. I started with a 60 foot Universal tower and added bottom and top 
sections to a height of 80 feet.

Now I have a situation where the antenna system has grown in wind load and I 
must consider some type of safety guy system to protect the tower. It is 
surrounded by big, taller (85 feet and higher) trees. This was a deliberate 
strategy to hide the tower from neighbors and the public. (BTW, I have never 
had a tower permit - even in the socialist republic of Minneapolis, MN.)

After 12 years at this QTH, I can predict with a high degree of certainty, 
where the trees and limbs will fall. Study these patterns and see if you can 
clear enough space for the guys to be relatively free of this potential falling 

Better yet, consider one of the strong, free-standing AN Wireless or Trylon 
steel towers. When you add up the cost of all of the guy wire, turnbuckles, 
insulators, anchors, and concrete of the not only the base but also of the guy 
concrete PLUS the cost of tree-trimming to accommodate the guy system, you 
might be surprised to find that the cost difference between the two systems is 
not that great.

73, Dennis W0JX/8
Milan, OH

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