[TowerTalk] Swapping out a T2X & Wasps...

Dubovsky, George George.Dubovsky at andrew.com
Thu Oct 4 13:17:29 EDT 2007

I am in central VA, and I see the same thing; on a warm, calm day, there
will be perhaps a hundred (or more) wasps distributed along the length
of the tower. They seem to be non-resident, and they just fly around,
occasionally lighting on a rung or tower leg. Just two weeks ago, I was
doing some tower work for a friend, and they were everywhere. They
didn't seem threatened or threatening, so I just worked amongst 'em,
occasionally swatting one out of the way. Dunno...


geo - n4ua

> -----Original Message-----
> From: towertalk-bounces at contesting.com [mailto:towertalk-
> bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Kimberly Elmore
> Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 1:00 PM
> To: towertalk at contesting.com
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Swapping out a T2X & Wasps...
> Yesterday, the wind was calm enough that I decided it would be a good
> dayswap out my jammed T2X with one that I'd rebuilt. So, I prepare
> everything and head up my HDBX48 tower (8 ft of mast above the top
> modest antennas: KML-KT34A at top, Cushcraft 40-CD2 at bottom, dipole
> WARC in between plus a VHF/UHF discone at the very top and a 2m/70 cm
> corner reflector near the middle). About 2/3 of the way up, I notice
> there seem to be a lot of bugs flying about. I look more carefully and
> that these are wasps. Believing that discretion is the better part of
> valor, I retreat.
> "Great, a wasp nest is up there someplace." I get some wasp and hornet
> killer, go up a ways, and try squirting the stuff up there but it
won't go
> far enough and I can't get a good angle, anyway. I thought to use my
> pressure washer with some insecticide injected through the injector
> system, but the motor won't start (something else to fix). Then, lo
> behold!, by early evening all the wasps are gone. Vanished.
> Armed with wasp killer, I start up again. When I get to the mounting
> plate, I find that there is no sign of any wasp activity: no nests,
> nothing. I go about my business, secure the bottom of the mast with SS
> hose clamps to each leg just above the rotator, and make the rotator
> Darkness falls and I have to stop, but things are secure enough and I
> completed it this morning in more wind than I like. Yet, all went
> I mentioned this to my kids (8 and 7) and they tell me "Oh, yes,
Daddy: we
> see wasps up there all the time." First I'd heard of it.  In all the
> I've had this tower (going on 20 between Oklahoma and Colorado) I've
> seen the like. Does anyone have a clue as to what's going on? Is there
> way to dissuade these critters? I need to go up there again to set up
> 160 m shunt feed...
> 73,
> Kim Elmore, N5OP
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