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Re: [TowerTalk] Tower, rotator and antenna maintenance

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower, rotator and antenna maintenance
From: K8RI <>
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:11:15 -0500
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On 11/8/2012 11:43 PM, David Jordan wrote:
UR correct Dave... the body actually starts to break down after age
21-25... some don't notice it right away...takes decades for some.  Some
never notice... they just climb well up into their 80s and just fall to
their death when they stroke out or have a heart attack ;-)

I was in the best health of my life when in my 50's
I quit work at 47 and earned a 4 year degree (BS in CS) in 3 with Math and Art minors.. Graduated at age 50. Did well enough to earn a Graduate assistantship for my masters, but a good job offer came along before I finished that. I found learning to be easier at 47-50 than I did at 13 to 17. Of course I didn't have hormones fighting for attention 25 hours a day either. <:-))

The mind AND body are far more dependent on how they are used and fed (IE Treated) than any particular age. The mind may reach a peak earlier than the body while different people peak at different ages. In my 40's I could still out run my son for the quarter although I didn't have the stamina to do it in the mile which is what he ran. I never did have the stamina for the mile. At 50 I was still doing full squats with 205# of free weights. I could still do well over 300# on the leg press at 68.

BTW I'll never forget the look on my son's face when I passed him and no he didn't let me win.

For most, the body is not that of a peak athlete after 30, but there are some top athletes out there approaching 40 and quite a few well past the age where we'd expect to see them headed down hill. Much depends on how we take care of ourselves and it takes a lot of work to keep the body in shape.


Roger (K8RI)

----- Original Message ----- From: "David Gilbert"
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 11:35 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower, rotator and antenna maintenance

Speak for yourself.  There are a lot of people on this reflector well
past 60 who do their own tower work with relative ease.  It is
definitely NOT a "fact of life" that everyone's body and will starts
to break down in their 50's.

Dave   AB7E

-----Original Message-----
From: TowerTalk [] On Behalf
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 6:22 PM
To: Rick Kiessig
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower, rotator and antenna maintenance

The older you are, the less you'll do it!

If you're in your 40's (or younger): No problem, you do it just for
fun and
exercise! You like to go looking for problems and challenges. You are
disappointed if everything works perfectly. You regret that your
tower is
the only place you are able to do "technical climbing".
If you're in your 50's: You can still do the work but are tired of
it, the
risk, and the unexpected. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If you go
up the
tower, you pray you don't find the unexpected and hope for a miracle.
are tempted to ask people for help.
If you're in your 60's: You have a motorized tower and lower it to
the 20'
level and do the work using ladders and safety equipment. You still
enjoy it and it is still a lot more difficult than it used to be. You
occasionally pay the high price to rent a bucket. You hate doing the
and hope & pray you can avoid it. You are no longer ashamed to ask other
people for help. You especially hope it is only routine maintenance
and not
something seriously broken.
If you're in your 70's: You hire young guys to do it all, or you have
already moved to a non-ham-friendly condo location. You are probably
with a dipole in your attic and are actively looking into stealth
DX is now a 300 mile QSO on HF.
If you're in your 80's: You have made friends with some younger ham
who has
a remote controlled station and you operate his station using Skype +
If you're in your 90's: You mostly read the SK section of QST. You
show off
your WAS certificates made when there were only 48 states. Your DXCC and
other award certificates have two-digit certification numbers. 85% of
contacts are on the "deleted" list.

No disrespect meant towards the young or the old on this's
just the facts of life!



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