Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by NN4RH, May 18, 2018.
I can't afford to do it right and if you can't do it right don't do it at all.
I have a tower with a Vertical on it. Local Township Liberty 45011 has ordered me to take it down, and remove all equipment from the premises. I am replying to their letter this week.
What out for zoning and HOAs
Zoning you can usually work with. HOAs are a lost cause.
I'm in the "don't need one" category. Most of my operating time is spent out in the field, and for that I use whatever structure is available. Sometimes it's a tower or a pole..... other times it's a tree.... or my truck... or whatever. I used to have one, but haven't for several years now.
I have one because I can. Do I need it? Not at all. But I *LIKE* it!!
Fear of heights.
I got my first tower back in 74 when I first got my license. We lived on the farm and I had a lot of fun making antennas from 160 up. Then we moved to town and my 60 foot tower came to town with us.
I have had a tower at every place I have lived where could fit it in. In Iowa for many years I lived in a large 100 year old house and I had a around 10 foot four leg tower on top of the house. There was a large part of the roof on the very top that was flat. My dad built the tower as he was at that time a professional welder. So with the tower and mask the antenna was up around 45 feet. I did down size the beam from a seven element to a Cushcraft 3 element and my 7 element went to a tower on the roof of the high school. I wanted the school to get to have a nice beam. It was a Hy-Gain antenna.
But then I finally got to the point that where I was living I only had a 6 meter beam on the roof on a roof tripod.
I never had any trouble with climbing and erecting towers. I had some very good professional climbing gear to keep me safe. I have climbed as high as 400 feet on a commercial tower where our repeater antenna was located. The repeater was up about 275 feet. It was a killer repeater at that height. But since they were charging our club nothing for using the tower or electricity I climbed it once to the top to replace the bulbs in the top beacon. That was a rush climbing that high. That is when I learned how much a tower that tall moves at the top and how much windier it got at 400 feet in the air. Also even when I was in good shape it took a lot of physical work to climb that high
My climbing days are long behind me know and just a lot of good memories. I might be able to get up a rung now but that is it. But up in Iowa I was the one in the club everyone came to for their climbing needs. I have erected a lot of 25G towers over the years.
So I really miss having a beam but I will never be able to have one again.
I climbed a meteorological tower in my younger days at a power plant site once. I can't recall the actual height but it was well over 100'. What a waste of a tower...nothing but weather instruments...but their data links were by radio. I also painted houses as a high school summer job and used 40 foot extension ladders. Nowadays I get on a 5 foot step ladder for a home project and need something to hang on to for stability! At my age if I ever own a tower (which I doubt will happen) I'll hire out any work that requires climbing it.