Beware the tower "expert"

N0bsh at N0bsh at
Wed Aug 17 00:09:05 EDT 1994

The recent discussions about putting up towers reminded me of a somewhat
humorous incident from a few years ago.

A friend of mine was getting ready to install a 70' tower.  He mentioned this
at his local club meeting one night, mostly to see if anyone had a few good
sections of 25G for sale.  Well, the "expert" heard this and advised my
friend that he should use 25G for the bottom two sections and then use 20G
for the other five because in a big wind you want the tower to "sway" with
the wind!!
No guys needed!!  If it stayed too rigid it might break right off at the

Fortunately, my friend also knew W0AIH (who, rumor has it, knows a thing or
two about towers!!!)

Mike  N0BSH

>From Doug Grant <0006008716 at>  Wed Aug 17 04:15:00 1994
From: Doug Grant <0006008716 at> (Doug Grant)
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 94 22:15 EST
Subject: CQ Loops
Message-ID: <42940817031524/0006008716NA5EM at>

I remember the time I was operating at W2PV on 15 SSB, and things got slow
on Sunday afternoon. I opened the drawer of the desk and found a whole bunch
of tape loops, many of which were unlabeled.

I had a ball trying each one out to find out whose voice got the most answers.

Seems to me that K1RX's voice held the watt meter up most consistently, while
K2TR's voice seemed the most animated.

The CQ SS loop wasn't too effective in the WW though.

Doug  K1DG

>From Robert Wood <w5robert at blkbox.COM>  Wed Aug 17 04:18:31 1994
From: Robert Wood <w5robert at blkbox.COM> (Robert Wood)
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 1994 22:18:31 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: crank up towers
Message-ID: <9408162218.aa14558 at blkbox.COM>

I had a coax arm support break on my Wilson crank up tower.
Any ideas on replacements, as Wilson is long out of business.

Robert Wood                      
w5robert at        (blkbox is NOT blackbox, inc.!)
w5robert at

>From Robert Penneys <penneys at>  Wed Aug 17 05:15:18 1994
From: Robert Penneys <penneys at> (Robert Penneys)
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 1994 00:15:18 -0400
Subject: Need NERDS for NAQP phone!!
Message-ID: <199408170415.AAA02958 at>

Just got back on line and we still need some team members for the 
N.E.R.D.S. NAQP phone this weekend. C'mon!!  Bob

Bob Penneys, WN3K     Frankford Radio Club      N.E.R.D.S.
Internet:  penneys at       Work: Ham Radio Outlet, Delaware
U.S. Mail:  12 East Mill Station Drive    Newark, DE 19711    U.S.A.

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