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Re: [TowerTalk] Tower, rotator and antenna maintenance

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower, rotator and antenna maintenance
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:49:23 -0500 (EST)
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>  How often do you go to the top of your tower and do  maintenance on the
antenna, rotator, coax, antennas, etc? Just when something  breaks? Or more
        In my UP THE TOWER  book, there's a chapter on maintenance. Many 
commercial sites have annual  inspections, sometimes mandated by their 
insurance carrier. 
>  When you get up there, do you have a set routine? Do you  look for 
special, other than obviously misplaced  wear-and-tear?
    You want to push and pull on things. You want  to put a wrench on some 
of the nuts and bolts. In a real tower  inspection you'll put a wrench to 
about 10% of the nuts and bolts but for a ham  array, I'd put a wrench on 
everything I can reach. This includes antenna,  feedlines, appurtenances, 
rotators, etc.  
>  Do you go up more often when the tower is new, for reasons  other than
something being broken or obviously wrong?
    If everything is operating properly, an annual  inspection is plenty. 
    A ham in VE7 with a 3-tower contest station used to  have problems of 
some sort every year. When we started doing an annual  inspection, his 
problems dropped to zero. 
Steve     K7LXC
Professional tower services for amateurs
Cell: 206-890-4188

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