- Some photos of an LD-70 Tower being installed in Western North Carolina.
Radio Station - AI4U, Lewisville, North Carolina
Folk / AI4U was kind enough to provide us these photos, which aside from
a superb tower installation in fairly tight quarters, also expose some key
factors which are too often overlooked in Amateur Radio tower work.
is employed by a major US cellular carrier, and through these photos he
some very good common-sense practices that deserve attention.
the first photo above, the lower-most tower section is bolted to the
the concrete is curing. While not absolutely necessary, this
offer an added degree of certainty when plumbing the foundation section.
- time for the tower installation and Jeff is now communicating the steps of thejob
the crane operator prior to beginning work. Remember, not all crane operators have
on residential land, aside from installing antennas afterwards.
the initial lift, joint splice plates already are in position at the section joints,
means that much less work that needs to be done in the air.
the first joint together.
imperative that the climber be dressed properly for the job, for reasons of
and also comfort while on the steel, as Jeff demonstrates here. Hard hats
be worn at all times, by tower hands and the ground crew both.
it may seem obvious, boots should always be worn while doing tower
of any kind, especially if extended periods of time are expected to be spent
the tower. Aside from comfort, there is a real potential for climber fatigue if
is not taken to dress properly for tower work from head to toe - literally.
lift, the top two sections of the LD-70.
with the tower sections bolted in place, the first yagi getting ready to fly.
the mast down through the bearing plate.
have the crane located as near to the base of the tower as possible,
shown above. The crane operator has a much better perspective of what's
at the top of the tower from this location than from further back.
all the tools for the job with you at all times makes the job go very smooth,
with just one man on the tower.
well done, all in an afternoon's time.
in the shack and on the air!