- Some photos of an HD-80 Tower being installed in North Texas.
of Lewisville - Lewisville, TX This
quality installation job was sold and installed by Array Solutions.
is somewhat of a milestone for AN Wireless Tower Co., as our model HD-80
Supporting Tower was chosen to be placed into service as a support structure
the nations first fiber optic laser point-to-point communications system for the
of Lewisville, Texas, spanning a distance of approximately 9/10 mile. This tower
initially serve as a relay tower between two Governmental buildings, providing
communications across Interstate 35.
I personally visited this tower site, and contributed in the assembly of this tower
in June 2003. Jay Terleski of Array Solutions, Paul Blumhardt of Rotator
and myself worked to prepare this tower for installation. It's not often
I have the chance to actually help assemble our towers on-site, but it's
greatly enjoy doing when the opportunity presents itself.
3 of us had these tower sections bolted together in a matter of 3 hours. We
to make a trip to the local Home Depot to purchase these cinder blocks to
each section off the ground, as this allows easy access to the section
on each face of the tower.
tower was assembled directly underneath the Lewisville water tower, and
be crane-lifted over the fence where the foundation is located just 15' away.
all took water breaks, and I kept the camera handy to get a few photos of
progress we were making.
is the 80' level of the tower, where a custom (but simple) Fiber Optic head
was constructed by AN Wireless to provide a means to mount the laser
also reveals how well the tower sections align with each other.
I took this final photo for the day, showing the 48" face spread of Section 1.
A couple of weeks later, excavation work begins.
is a slightly modified foundation. The small protrusion facing outwards from
main foundation will be used to support an equipment shelter which will house
electronics used in conjunction with this tower.
of the best tools for the job - tree roots and rocks pose no issues.
used in this case to totally eliminate any chance of the tower
shifting position during the concrete pour. Stakes in the ground
serve as temporary anchor points for the come-alongs.
A few more photos of the rebar layout.
rebar pattern represents our "Alternate Foundation Plan", which requires
labor and general excavation time than our Pad and Pier Foundation Plan.
three come-alongs are visible here, securing the foundation in place.
pour can be directed down the center of the foundation section for minimal
the foundation, as pictured here, which is an excellent practice to
15 1/2 cu. yds. of concrete are required for this foundation, versus the
and Pier design requiring about half this amount.
excellent looking pour.
day arrives, with the first item of business nearly complete in this photo.
temperature controlled utility shelter will house the electronic gear for the
new fiber optic laser system.
at about the 50' point on this HD-80.
bending of the tower is observed throughout the lift.
tower has been lifted over the perimeter fence surrounding the water tower.
several photos of bolting the tower into position on it's foundation.
the splice joints fully together, the intersectional braces are next to be installed.
tower is perfectly vertical, however the optical illusion
this photo is substantial.
Terleski of Array Solutions making the first climb on this HD-80.