Completed Tower

My wife and I started construction of this tower, two years ago, October 11, 2015. We finally got it completed today, October 5, 2017.  At the time, I was looking on Craigslist for some tower sections to put our ham shack back up in our new house.  I stumbled on a guy that was selling some Rohn 55G tower sections so I bought five of them.  Over the next two years, we had a tower mount installed into 5.5 yards of concrete.  bought hardware, antennas, antenna rotator, cables, PVC among other things.

We finally got everything installed on September 30, 2017 except for running then cables through the PVC.  I finally finished that up today at 12:30 PM.  What an expensive, tough job this has been.  It is time to stop spending money on this for a while and prepare for Christmas now that it is October.  God has really blessed me with a wonderful wife that has been very patient and giving. My neighbors are the best as well. We want to be good neighbors but since we’ve moved into this house, we’ve torn the lawn up four times.  As you can see in this picture, it has grown back nicely.  It is time to get some rest.

  2 comments for “Completed Tower

  1. Matt
    October 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    How tall is it? Assuming you have to climb it on occasion, or do you hire a service with some of Genie Lift to get at the top? Is there ever a periodic need to get at the top?

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    • Paul L. McCord Jr.
      October 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      The tower itself it 52 feet, above ground. The 13B2 antenna is 60 feet, the bottom of the dual band vertical is 64 feet. The top of the antenna is 80 feet. One of the reasons that it took so long to complete this task is because it has an RT Razor, lift. If you look at the picture, about 12 feet from the top, you can see it on the tower. It has a cable that runs down to a winch that helps pull it, the antennas, and the rotor to the top and lower it to the bottom without having to climb. That was very expensive but they built it custom for the Rohn 55G tower. Thanks for the comment.


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