I do maintenance twice a year to two towers, mainly checking for rust spots and
loose nuts and bolts. sanding the rust spots and respraying them with cold
galvenize from rustoleum.In the spring and just before the winter sets in.
W8PD / Pete > From: K7LXC@aol.com
> Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:49:23 -0500
> To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower, rotator and antenna maintenance
> > 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
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