[TowerTalk] Erecting tower sections solo

N1BUG paul at n1bug.com
Wed Dec 2 16:52:44 EST 2015

I am another solo installer. Please be careful! Erecting towers and 
antennas solo can be very hazardous. I don't recommend it. That said...

I have erected 100 foot 25G towers by hanging a weight almost equal 
to the weight of a tower section on the rope below the gin pole. I 
am able to either climb the tower with the weight hanging from my 
climbing harness or pull up the weight using a rope separate from 
that in the gin pole. For anything much heavier, I would probably 
have to use more than one weight to make it manageable (bringing up 
one at a time).

While on the ground I pull the section up 10 or 20 feet and tie off 
the rope -- enough so that when I climb to the top and hang my 
weight on the rope below the gin pole, the tower section will reach 
the top just before the weight reaches the ground. If the ratio of 
tower section weight to counterweight is correct, the section is 
very easy to manipulate into place.

I keep saying I'm going to build a reversible, remote controlled 
winch for jobs like this, but I never seem to get around to it.

Paul N1BUG

On 12/02/2015 04:22 PM, Zivney, Terry wrote:
> I seem to recall a thread a long time ago about how Bill, KM9P, put up his towers without any assistance.  But, except for posting where he
> stated he did so, I cannot find any details about how he did it.
> In particular, once the tower section is hauled up with the gin pole
> how is the tower section moved up and down as needed to seat it
> on the existing tower?
> Terry N4TZ

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