[TowerTalk] US Tower Motor Winch in Winter

Dick Flanagan dick@libelle.com
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 10:44:33 -0800

Interesting.  That had never occurred to me, but it sure makes sense.
I will check that out next chance I get.

By the way, by Noon the tower was able to go up just fine and it so
happens that the way the tower faces, the threaded drive rods would
have gotten most of the sun, the actual gear box very little.


73, Dick

At 4:04 PM -0800 on 12/3/99, you wrote:

>Dick,  I just remembered I did have a problem once in the winter when the
>threaded drive rod which moves the cable along the drum froze up. (both the
>top and bottom seemed to seize).  This caused the breaker to blow and the
>crank-up go slow.  Check that out.....what seemed to be happening was the
>lube was "too heavy" on the threaded drive rods and turned to glue/tar in
>the cold wx.  I now have since cleaned the rods and keep them lubed with
>light oil...ie WD-40.
>Steve VE6WZ.

Dick Flanagan W6OLD CFII Minden, Nevada DM09db (South of Reno)
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