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.
soil is quickly found at this initial tower location.
first completed Type "A" (9' x 9' x 5') foundation.
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.
of the first rebar cage begins, with subcontractors providing much of thelabor.
US-based prime contractor team oversees the work being done here.
horizontal tie bars to the vertical bars.
upper level tie bars, and later checking plumbness of the
base section as a final step.
both HD-60 foundations complete, the wait for concrete begins. While
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.
now, after the first two foundations are poured with much success, this HD-60 is
purely from knocked-down form in very short order.
number of days later after the mud dries up following locally heavy rains,
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
next several photos show the crane-prep and final installation of both towers.
important to note here that both HD-60 towers were fully installed in a very short
of time as a result of having the towers & all accessories pre-assembledon
along comes the crane, just as the overcast skies begin to break.
crane as close as possible to the tower base is always smart.
these towers are HD-60's, the lift point can safely be at the very top (60' level).
taller towers we recommend a lower lift point which can vary with actual towerload.
us to discuss this.
key advantage of having a crane with more extension capacity than
that it allows the tower to rest fully vertical without the need
a ground crew to pivot the tower into proper position over the foundation
while others attach splice plates and bolts.
final tightening of the Foundation - Section #1 leg joints.
A brief climb to the top to release the straps.
free & all looks good.
a not so long drive to the next location, the 2nd tower is lifted.
a heavy rope to the base of the tower allows for much increased control
a safe distance.
A near picture-perfect view of both HD-60 towers installed with sidearms and
antennas added. The remaining six towers will be installed shortly at other