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Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower Cables and Lube
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 20:09:19 -0600 (CST)
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I recently joined this group and have many years as both a broadcast engineer 
and ham operator.  I have had years and years of experiences with all types of 
towers.  One station I engineer has an elaborate crank up tower mounted on a 
32' trailer.  This was purchased almost 20 years ago to be an auxiliary tower 
and has a Jampro FM antenna that can be attached to it.  I pulled it out of the 
weeds about 2 weeks ago, cleaned it up, plugged it in and raised the tower with 
no problem.  Now, granted, I wouldn't recommend using this thing without some 
serious inspection but the stainless cables under the 1st wraps are as clean 
and nice as they can be and the thing went up and down with no problem 
I guess what I'm trying to say is, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".  Many 
times we try to "over-maintain" equipment that was designed to work for years.  
As one who holds a Masters in Engineering, is a senior member of the I.E.E.E., 
and a past member of the S.B.E., just maintain your equipment as is stated in 
your owner's manual and use it as it's designed.  Don't put credence in the 
"urban legends" that circulate around.
My 2 cents worth,

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