[TowerTalk] Follow-up: Tower climbing costs
Sat, 8 May 1999 00:17:14 -0000
Earlier today I posted what I thought was a simple question: the
going rate for tower climbing. Tnx to K1VR for the only answer out
of 15 or so replies ($60/hour in his parts).
At least 10 of the others took it upon themselves to use my post
as the basis for their Editorial, some direct to me, some to the
Reflector. Most thought I was out of line for trying to charge the
errant landscaper for trashing my antenna.
As usually is the case, there's more to the story than a simple,
trashed sloper. There's a 6 inch gash down to bare wood on the
trunk of a pear tree. There's a major branch broken off an apple
tree. There's shoddy work. There's the missed 4 o'clock
appointment yesterday with no call. For all I know, he was drunk
when he was here. As some suggested, I should fire him. I intend
to, when I find a replacement.
Yes, it's just a hobby, as a few of you philosophers so astutely
pointed out. But, it's a hobby in which I've invested my time and
money - both of which have value. If my property is damaged by
negligence (home, hobby property, or business property), I expect
to be compensated for the negligence.
Also, there's more to fixing it than a 10 minute splice as KA1CLX
suggested. I used a stranded copperweld, and I find it impossible
to solder to this stuff after it's been out in the elements. I just can't
get all the oxidation off the strands the way they wrap around each
other. So, I am replacing the whole thing, from insulator to insulator
with solid copperweld - no more of that stranded stuff for me!
The antenna is not one simple sloper. It's several slopers with
some active and some parasitic elements, with relays to switch
between them, and relays to switch the resonance from 3500 to
3800. One response I received sympathized with me, as he
understood how much time it took to trim the wires to get the
tuning just right to switch directions without needing to retune.
Bottom line, before opening your mouth through your keyboard,
pause - Ask yourself if you would reply in a similar manner in a
face to face conversation.
Barry Kutner, W2UP Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newtown, PA FRC alternate: email@example.com
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