[TowerTalk] climbing AN-Wireless/Trylon type towers

ersmar at comcast.net ersmar at comcast.net
Fri Jun 9 13:28:46 EDT 2006

Roger et al:

     The gin pole depicted is made for round tower members.  I don't believe 
it will work on angular tower members such as those on Trylon towers like 
mine (the Titan series of medium-duty towers).

     I followed Steve's advice to lash my ginpole to this tower using about 
five feet of heavy chain (Home Despot) slung over the top of my tower.  The 
middle of the chain rested on the heavy bearing plate angle steel at the top 
and the ends were down about two feet below the top of the tower.

     In the bottom links I inserted two heavy S-hooks; each was about two 
inches long and an inch wide (Home Despot near the chain.)  I closed the 
ends of the S-hook where they went through the chain with tape so they would 
not fall off while aloft.

     I rested the bottom of my ginpole on the open ends of the S-hook and 
lashed it to the tower leg in three places with dacron rope.  I used this 
assembly to hoist the CM mast (appr 110 pounds), my Skyhawk Yagi (75 pounds) 
and my D40 dipole (seven pounds or so) up to the top of the tower.  The mast 
rode the haul rope through the three bearing/rotator plates, and not up the 
outside of the tower.


73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger Borowski" <K9RB at bellsouth.net>
To: "z-TowerTalk" <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, June 09, 2006 11:42 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] climbing AN-Wireless/Trylon type towers

> see; http://w9iix.com/ii00008.htm  model GP-31T for Trylon Gin Pole Kit
> Much safer and easier than just "Lashing it to a leg"!  73, Rog-K9RB
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <K7LXC at aol.com>
> To: <towertalk at contesting.com>; <jc-smith at comcast.net>
> Sent: Friday, June 09, 2006 10:13 AM
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] climbing AN-Wireless/Trylon type towers
> In a message dated 6/4/2006 9:01:52 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> towertalk-request at contesting.com writes:
>>  I'm installing a new 80' tower this summer.  It's in a  location that
> can't
> be accessed by a crane so I'm going to build it in  place like a giant
> erector set.  (I'll post a link to photos  soon.)  I know some of you have
> done this in the past and I'm curious  how hard it is to climb around on
> these towers?
>    It's pretty easy. To climb up a Trylon, you  climb on the nose, or leg.
> Grab the leg with your hands and then use the  downward sloping diagonals 
> as
> steps. They're just about perfectly spaced so  that you can climb them 
> just
> like
> a ladder. They don't need step bolts. I've  never climbed an AN tower but
> imagine it's similar.
>    As far as moving around the tower, just move  across the diagonals 
> while
> being hooked in with your fall arrest lanyard.
> There is no ginpole available for the Trylon  but I just use a hefty 12'
> piece of aluminum tubing and just lash it to the  leg. You need to hook 
> the
> bottom
> to a diagonal to keep it from sliding down as  you use it. Double-block 
> your
> haul rope and it'll be able to handle those  assembled heavy sections 
> quite
> well. If you're going to do it like a big  Erector Set
> (one-piece-at-a-time),
> you just need a pulley at the top to pull  stuff up with. You'll probably
> need 2
> guys on the tower to set the legs. I've  done 56 feet plus a day with this
> method.
> Cheers,
> Steve     K7LXC
> Professional tower services for hams
> Cell: 206-890-4188
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