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[TowerTalk] Inspecting or even de-icing antennas from the ground

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Inspecting or even de-icing antennas from the ground
From: John W <>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 07:58:52 -0800
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Santa is bringing my nephew a radio controlled helicopter for Christmas. It has 
a camera built in, with 4 GB of memory.
It just occurred to me that being able to fly a camera up to the top of a tower 
could be a handy way to inspect to see if something is broken or amiss without 
having to climb.
It also occurred to me that perhaps one could suspend some sort of a loop under 
the helicopter and, if it's highly maneuverable, maybe even use it to gently 
shake an element that has got ice building up on it, as a way of maybe knocking 
some ice off.
Wondering if anyone has ever considered using a RC helicopter for this purpose, 
and wanted to throw the idea out there as a suggestion in case it hasn't been 
tried yet. I plan to give it a try.
I assume a telescope, or at least a good pair of image-stabilized binoculars, 
would need to be used by the pilot, in order to be able to see exactly what 
you're doing from the ground.

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