My First Tower!
By Scott Neader, KA9FOX

PHOTO 18: Crane lifts tower into place

I decided to use a crane to lift the tower into place, rather than use a gin pole. For one, I don't own a gin pole, and I don't know anyone that owns one that is capable of lifting these large Trylon sections. I may get one in the future, to help with future antenna work, but the crane really worked slick.

The crane showed up around 7:30 a.m. on a Monday morning, and I was at work by 8:45 a.m. with an erect tower (boy did that feel great!) The only work was pounding on the tower to make it fit the base section.

I was billed for 1.6 hours, which included about .6 of drive time, at a cost of $100 per hour, or $160 total. Thanks to John W9RPM and Bill KE9XQ for the help that morning... especially to Bill for scampering up the tower to release the crane's rope.

Oh yeah, the crane left some nice ruts in the front lawn too. :-(

PHOTO 19: I am one proud tower owner!

That's me at the base of the tower! This picture also made it into the April 1998 issue of CQ Contest, in K7LXC's 'Up The Tower' article on self-supporting towers.