Installation - Some photos of HD-60 Towers being installed in Northern Iraq.



We kick off this photo set with a well deserved introduction of these above four men
who are essentially beginners when it comes to tower building (as I've been told) but
the fantastic job they have done in the first few weeks of this project would clearly
lead you to believe otherwise.

From left to right: Larry Sinclair IT/Network supervisor, Jerry Meadows IT/Commo
Tech, Dewan Green IT/network Tech, Domonkos Gergaly IT/Network Tech. Not
pictured is Jay Blanchard IT Supervisor Network Ops, who also played a large part
in making this project come together.

These guys had more of a job than they bargained for after first receiving all eight
HD-60 knocked-down towers in pretty rough condition after being improperly
handled & transferred in Amman, Jordan enroute to Iraq.

These eight towers will serve as antenna supports for a backbone VHF system
at several camps throughout northern Iraq.
 
 

Excavation work begins in this Iraqi soil for several ANW HD-60 towers. Caterpillar
trackhoes are on site to punch the first of eight foundation holes here in Northern Iraq.
 
 

Rocky soil is quickly found at this initial tower location.
 
 

The first completed Type "A" (9' x 9' x 5') foundation.
 
 

An assembled 5' concrete base section for an HD-60, now awaiting rebar & labor.
 
 

A short time later a 2nd foundation is excavated for another HD-60 tower.
Each of these towers will provide long distance communications using 100 watt
MTR 2000 Motorola repeaters with DB-224 omni antennas.
 
 

Assembly of the first rebar cage begins, with subcontractors providing much of thelabor.
The US-based prime contractor team oversees the work being done here.
 
 

Assembling the horizontal tie bars to the vertical bars.
 
 

Installing the upper level tie bars, and later checking plumbness of the
concrete base section as a final step.
 
 

With both HD-60 foundations complete, the wait for concrete begins. While
pre-mixed concrete has become more or less a luxury item in the states, it's
a bit more of a challenge to come by in regions as this.
 
 

And now, after the first two foundations are poured with much success, this HD-60 is
assembled on-location purely from knocked-down form in very short order.
 
 

Some number of days later after the mud dries up following locally heavy rains,
the 2nd HD-60 is assembled and red obstruction lights are added to both towers.
 
 

A closer view of an obstruction light mounted to a Fixed Mount Mast Plate, as
supplied by ANW.
 
 

The next several photos show the crane-prep and final installation of both towers.
It's important to note here that both HD-60 towers were fully installed in a very short
amount of time as a result of having the towers & all accessories pre-assembledon
the ground.
 
 

And along comes the crane, just as the overcast skies begin to break.
 
 


 
 


 
 

Positioning the crane as close as possible to the tower base is always smart.
 
 

Because these towers are HD-60's, the lift point can safely be at the very top (60' level).
For taller towers we recommend a lower lift point which can vary with actual towerload.
Contact us to discuss this.
 
 


 
 


 
 

Looking good....
 
 


 
 

One key advantage of having a crane with more extension capacity than
necessary is that it allows the tower to rest fully vertical without the need
for a ground crew to pivot the tower into proper position over the foundation
base while others attach splice plates and bolts.
 
 

The final tightening of the Foundation - Section #1 leg joints.
 
 

A brief climb to the top to release the straps.
 
 

Straps free & all looks good.
 
 

After a not so long drive to the next location, the 2nd tower is lifted.
 
 

Tying a heavy rope to the base of the tower allows for much increased control
from a safe distance.
 
 

A near picture-perfect view of both HD-60 towers installed with sidearms and
repeater antennas added. The remaining six towers will be installed shortly at other
locations within Iraq.



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