[TowerTalk] Help Needed Replacing Crank-Up Cable on US Tower
alwilliams at olywa.net
Mon Jun 5 11:50:59 EDT 2006
I have tried to sketch out the cable stringing of the tower using a large
bag of clothespins to snap onto what I have already sketched but am not
confident of being accurate. I would certainly try to follow the advice of
pulling the new cable through by attaching to the old cable(s). If anyone
has a sketch I would appreciate receiving a copy.
But before going to all that trouble and expense I would carefully inspect
the cables and if showing no nicks, corrosion, or rust would leave them as
is and instead replace the momentary down-off-up switch with a non-momentary
one. That would allow one to throw the switch to the desired direction,
stand away from under the antennas, and apply power while watching from a
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, June 04, 2006 6:35 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Help Needed Replacing Crank-Up Cable on US Tower
> Hi Gang,
> I just purchased and have brought home US Tower, model HDX-572MDPL, 72'
> Duty tower from the estate of a SK.
> It has a motor drive whose design includes a postive pulldown feature.
> The tower contains 4 sections, was installed in 1999 and has had little
> Where I need help:
> US Tower recommends replacing the cable every 2-3 years, which may be an
> overkill but is definitely erring on the side of safety. Since my tower
> is 7
> years old I'd like to start out with fresh cabling.
> Though US Tower gladly sells the cable, they no longer provide
> instructions on
> how to install it. They stated that there is a liablity issue when
> instructions! I was told to simply "attach it to the end of the old
> cable" and
> pull it through!
> 1. how does one attach the new to the old in a way that it will go around
> pullies, etc,
> 2. how does one deal with the tensioner and the positive pulldown
> 3. how does one get their hand(s) inside to restring it with its 4 nested
> I am hoping someone has an old set of restringing instructions from US
> Tower or
> that someone who has successfully restrung theirs will email me. I
> need some pointers.
> All responses are welcomed.
> Mike DiGirolamo, W4XN
> Charlottesville, VA
> W4XN at arrl.net
> PS I also have the Raising Fixture and would like to restring it as well.
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