Tower up

The crane arrived at 8:00 sharp this morning. Exactly one hour later, all was done and the crane was gone before too many neighbors could take notice.

I had imagined that the insertion of one section into another would be easier than the sections I assembled on the ground due to having the weight work with me. I was wrong!

The crane operator, Juan, was great – he was able to finesse the location of the crane’s boom and the vertical postition of the tower section in the tiniest of increments but I could not get all three of the tower legs inserted simultaneously. Any two, yes – but the 3rd leg was always off alignment by the smallest amount.

Finally, I did in the air what had been necessary on the ground - partially get two of the legs inserted and then use a come-along to pull the third leg onto its mating leg while hitting it with a rubber mallet. Even then, with all three legs now coupled to the lower section, I still had to use the come-along to pull the two sections together.

It worked and I was a happy camper when I saw all six bolt holes perfectly aligned.

In the photos you may notice the cable tie-wrapped to the tower. This is for the Hazer and goes up to the pulley at the top of the tower.

The next phase of this “kit” will be to install the Hazer/rotor/thrust bearing, then assemble and install the antenna onto it.

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Hi-Tech Pump & Crane – Channelview, Texas. I highly recommend them to other Houston area hams needing tower work.

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The final sections

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Yours truly, on the tower

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  4 comments for “Tower up

  1. August 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Hi John. Congratulations!

    With a tower and soon a beam antenna, I guess there will come a time when you have to change the title of your blog. DX-ing allright, but maybe not “dipole”?

    • August 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Tnx Sverre! Yes I have been thinking about the need to change the title…maybe something to do with contesting since my interests are going in that direction.

  2. Scot, KA3DRR
    August 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    John,
    Congratulations! I’m certain your hardwork will pay handsome log dividends and looking forward to your tower chronicles in the very near future. By the way, type of rotor and is it automatically controlled from the computer, also, for my education, your chosen feedline? Take care and have lots of fun.
    73, Scot

    • August 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Scot. The rotor is a Ham IV and so far no plans to operate it from the computer. I’m a few weeks away from being operational wth it – still have to buy rotor cable, a short mast, lightning protection and feedline which will probably be LMR400. My hold-up at the moment is in figuring how to run the cables: around the perimeter of the roofline or more directly through the attic…I’d rather go thru the attic but need to figure out what safety repercussions may be involved with that if there’s a lightning strike.

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