Climbing The Tower (Again)


AB1OC in Climbing Gear

AB1OC in Climbing Gear

After using our new Weather Station for a few days, we decided to move it higher on the tower to get it somewhat out of the shelter of the surrounding trees in our back yard for more accurate wind speed readings. My second attempt at climbing the tower was greatly benefitted by what we learned the first time. Namely, prepare as much on the ground as possible to simplify the work on the tower and put the climbing gear on just before climbing the tower. The plan was to move the weather station from the 33 ft level it was at to just below the first set of guys at the 50 ft level.

Our House from the Tower

Our House from the Tower

The first step was to climb to the 50 ft level to rig a rope and pulley to haul the weather station up to the 48 ft level. After rigging the rope and pulley, I took a few pictures of our yard and our other antennas from this vantage point. Anita (AB1QB) helped me by acting as my ground crew.

Ground Crew (AB1QB)

Ground Crew (AB1QB)

The next step was to climb down to where the Weather Station was at the 33 ft level and attach it to the haul rope via a sling. Once this was done, I unbolted it from the tower and climbed back up to the 50 ft level and reattached it to the tower at 48 ft.

AB1OC on Tower at 50 ft

AB1OC on Tower at 50 ft

The Weather Station is now installed at the 48 ft level and is providing much more accurate wind readings.

Weather Station at 48 ft

Weather Station at 48 ft

As my tower climbing skills and confidence increase more, I will attempt to climb to the top of the tower to take some additional pictures.

– Fred (AB1OC)

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