Another deady tower accident.
What a crappy way to go.
Officials say the men were helping a local amateur radio club take down a 110-foot tower atop Gull Hill, along old Highway 18 between Minnekahta Junction and Edgemont. The tower was no longer in use, so the owner offered it to the club to be moved to another location.
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.
Bad news. I wonder what they were doing that a tower "fell on them?" (Maybe they were really on the tower and it fell over.)
Maybe good reading for those who would cut corners on tower installation.
... or tower take-down / removal, as in this case.
I really believe the take-down of towers is MORE dangerous, unless they're taken out by dynamite.
Originally Posted by N5YPJ
73, Steve, NL7W
Not in but around Palmer, Alaska
Alaskans: Folks with Latitude!
I think you're right.
When a new tower goes up, it's new and assumed to be in perfect condition. When a tower comes down, it's used and might be very old and in no kind of condition to ever be used again.
I do too. In my case I have some used tower and I'm going over it looking for defects or problems, it's not possible to do much of that when taking it down. I have a few pieces at the old qth that were under water for around a month in the flood, due to corrosion issues I won't use them stacked.
when it goes up, it's put up by pro tower installers under supervision of an engineer
when it comes down it's taken down by guys who are pros at something else, supervised by a guy who is a pro at something else
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Even here in sunny and dry southern CA I won't buy a used tower that's been stored laying down.
Originally Posted by N5YPJ
Towers stored outdoors should be stored "standing upright." Indoors, it shouldn't matter.
I had the oppty to buy 150' of Rohn 45G sections for an amazing price (about $500, total) but when I went to visit the seller he had them outdoors, laying on the ground. His XYL told me they'd been there "for years."
No, thanks. Not worth it.
That's really sad, I wonder if the tower was guyed or freestanding. .
The article didn't say much, but I'm thinking it was "freefalling."
Originally Posted by AF6LJ