[TowerTalk] tower takedown

Roger (K8RI) K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Tue Jul 15 19:57:41 EDT 2008

WA3GIN wrote:
> I lowered a 100ft Rohn 25 with one cable and 73 Jeep.  The previous 
> owner had the tower installed for about 15 years using aluminum ground 
> wire...believe it or not. He had a tri-bander and a pair of 8 element 
> 2m beams on the top. His house on a a hill top here in NOVA. I 
> couldn't believe the thing stayed up Hurrican Eduardo.
> I just tied off the steel cable at the 50ft point, ran the cable over 
> to the winch on the Jeep. This Jeep weighed in at about 3800lbs.  The 
> tower lowered nice and easy. At about 45 degrees the Jeep was pulled 
> across the asphalt road and over the curb before the tower reached 
> horizontal but we had plenty of cable to allow for that possibility. 
> Yes, the brakes were locked and the tires just slid on the pavement.  
> This method is not recommended for the light hearted or were space is 
> limited...I still can't believe the guy used soft drawn aluminum wire 
> for guys...amazing! 
It's probably as good as the soft guy wire sold by some outlet/chain stores.
We used some to help align a 50 foot TV tower as we pulled it up.  Two 
men pulling on it pulled the 3/16 soft, stranded steel in two when it 
got caught on a guy anchor.

Roger (K8RI - ARRL Life Member)
N833R (World's oldest Debonair)

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