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I've been in Amateur Radio since 1974, and still find new and interesting things to do. I like to build, restore, and operate on the air. This is a blog of various info about my Ham Radio operations and activities, projects, and opinions. Visit www.WB4IUY.net for the lowdown at WB4IUY.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tower work, 9/25/17

Wow, I'm on a roll...got another load of items done on the tower today. Getting close to raising some antennas...yipee!!! I can't wait, I've been using low altitude wire antennas for the last year, and totally off of many bands since my tower came down in April 2016. Peace out from the bottom of the last section of tower...



I didn't get the guy wires secured on the tower last night... night fell and I got the south guy tangled up in an 80' oak tree. The wind wasn't blowing, so I gave up for the day. We started back at sunrise this morning... got the south guy straightened out, tensioned all of the guys, got the rope clamps installed, and all was secured and good to go. Nothing to worry, if a storm blew in...

 This is the elevated guy point for the NE lower guy wires...


 A pic of the tower from our front yard, with the tower top installed, torque arms deployed, and guy wires attached and tensioned. 


 A pic of the NW guy wire anchor point for the top guy wire...




A pic of the southern guy anchor point for the top guy wire. 

I got in a little more tower work before dark... I lowered the gin pole mast down in the mount, raised the gin pole mount to the tower top, pushed the mast back up and got it ready to raise the rotor mast up and into the top of the tower for the rotatable array. I then pulled the rope back down to the bottom of the tower, ready to raise the rotator mast at sunrise. Here a few pics from the end of the day...

 A pic from abt 110', looking to the east...

 
 A pic from abt 110', looking to the south...


 A pic from abt 110', looking through the tower to the west...



 A pic from abt 110', looking to the northwest...


Peace out from 110', top rotor mast thrust bearing seen in the RH side of the pic...




 A pic from abt 100', looking through the tower to the northwest...


 A pic from abt 100', looking to the north...


 Sunset, 9/25/2017, from about 110'...


 Looking up at the tower from the front yard, gin pole move up and mast extended, ready to lift the mast...


 At the end of this day, a little Booker on ice to relax :-)

Dave WB4IUY