[TowerTalk] US Tower Raising Fixture Question
ve6wz at shaw.ca
Fri Nov 12 09:02:04 EST 2004
Try cranking up a HDX-589 with the raising fixture...very hard indeed.
My solution...pay some young kid $20.
I'm interested to know of other ideas too...I needed to lower mine this
summer to PM replace the cables.
> Cranking this tower (HDX 555) from horizontal to vertical was
> unexpectedly very hard. The only additional weight was a 140
> lb mast snuggled inside the tower. I could only do about 10
> complete rotations and then had to take a break and I am a
> fairly big boy and in fair shape.
> My question is what have others done to lessen this burden?
> Is there a better winch or rigging scheme to gain mechanical
> advantage? My tower has two side-by-side pulleys on the
> tower, but only one is used. The raising fixture only has
> one pulley. The cable goes over the pulley at the raising
> fixture, around one of the pulleys at the tower, and back to
> the raising fixture where it is terminated on a bolt. We
> have it rigged per the instructions.
> Pat, K8PC
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