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How high up a tower have you climbed?
  Posted: Jul 11, 2001   (464 votes, 19 comments) by N2MG

Survey Results
Less than 15 meters 17% (77)
15 meters or more 19% (88)
30 meters or more 18% (83)
45 meters or more 12% (55)
60 meters or more 26% (119)
I've never climbed a tower. 9% (42)

Survey Comments
How High
When the MinuteMan Missile program was being
built, As a contractor I had a chance to go
up (Not Climb, but ride the Bosoms Chair)
1,200 feet on a 1,500 foot tower outside of
Minot, N.D. I can prove it - my fingerprints
are imbedded in the tower! The most
unexepected sensation was the amount of
noise from the wind whistling through the

Posted by Anonymous on August 20, 2001

highest tower with ham-radio antennas was 42m (40m-2el-quad at sk0ux) .

Posted by DJ1YFK on July 31, 2001

Climbing towers
My tallest is 893' where I was Chief Engineer at KISR (KISSER). I remember having to carry a tow-sack full of light bulbs. I now know how a box kite works. The coolest thing I ever seen was the sun setting over the western horizion one clear evening. Then the beacon came on. WOW! Ouch!
Marcel N5VU

Posted by Anonymous on July 22, 2001

for the young'ins
I climbed a 250' tower back in my high school days. We had a 10 watt FM educational station that I over saw the operation of. It was a blast back then! Now at 45 my limit is about 60 to 70 feet.


Posted by kb8jvh on July 19, 2001

Gettin' High
I remember being strapped to a dipole aboard the USS Compass Island, EAG15(?; 3 I think, but maybe 6). Back in late 1968 we were in dry dock (Hoboken or maybe Red Hook, NJ). I was cleaning the dipoles. One of the dipoles, up on the 03 level or thereabouts, was right on the side of the ship. Dangling there, looking down to the bottom of the dry dock, it seemed to me I was 300' in the air.


Posted by Anonymous on July 19, 2001

Big, tall towers
I used to work at the oil fied in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and while they call it the North Slope, it is indeed quite flat. Hence the need for tall towers. Luckily the big ones were platform towers at 200 plus feet. I only climbed them when it was warm +20F or more!

Posted by KL7AC on July 18, 2001

I live 4-1/2 miles away from a large airport that has an annual air show which includes the Navy's Blue Angels flying team. One year, the day before the show they were out practicing over my QTH. That day, while I was up on the 90' 10M tower doing antenna work, six Blue Angels fighters in the "delta wedge" formation came right down my street no more than about 1000' above ground. Being 90' in the air on the tower, I almost felt like I was in their jet wash. I remember vividly being able to read the smaller printing on the sides of the fuselages. Geez, was it cool!

Posted by K8CC on July 18, 2001

Tall tales
25% of the votes are from people that climbed 180 ft towers.

Yeah sure....

Posted by N2IW on July 17, 2001

The most interesting experience I've had was the time I was up about 300' when some joker in an F-16 opted for a low fly-by. I'm pretty sure I saw the plane's rivets!

Al, K2ZN

Posted by Anonymous on July 17, 2001

never knew i had of heights until i had to work on the club's tower,only about 15meter
(with a harness!!!),hands refused to let go
and grip spanner.stood there 5 min,did not help...became GROUND CREW!

Posted by Anonymous on July 17, 2001

375' with the tv transmitter "ON"
Used to change lights on the KWSU TV tower in Pullman WA with the TV transmitter on. It's a real "leap" of faith to jump onto the radiating element and climb 50' of unguyed 25G at 325'.

Posted by K7FR on July 17, 2001

I use my Tower to climb to the roof. Any higher than that, someone else can do it!

Posted by N7VGO on July 16, 2001

Tall Towers
I'll just stay on the ground! Thanks anyway!

Posted by Anonymous on July 16, 2001

A lot of people call CQ on 15meters or 20 meters but nobody calls CQ on 50 feets or 66 feets. Great joke .. :)

Posted by EA3QP on July 16, 2001

Big towers
I'm at that age (54) when being afraid of climbing tall towers (200 ft) is not as big a factor as getting running out of gas going to the top....It's a long way up.

Posted by Anonymous on July 15, 2001

re:TALL tower
Only if the tx is on and you have a parachute.

Posted by Anonymous on July 15, 2001

Been up 72 feet. Meters are the things on the front of my radios. :)

Posted by Anonymous on July 14, 2001

TALL tower
Does standing on the top plate of a 1249' UHF TV tower
count? The Nashville TN skyline looks entirely different
when you are standing ABOVE it!

73 de Paul, KC4YDY

Posted by Anonymous on July 13, 2001

Cold, windy
I'm glad to be one of the "50%" group who's climbed >60m up a tower. I only wish the experience would have been in a warmer climate and not in NJ when the ambient at 200 feet above ground was about zero degrees with a six million mile per hour (or so it seemed) wind...nothing like the feeling of a crescent wrench frozen stuck to your tongue and lips, having been placed there "for a second" to change hands. Those who have been there know EXACTLY what I mean.

Posted by WB2WIK on July 11, 2001

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