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#1 Corey

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 09:52 AM

Not GMRS but still UHF radio related and I know several other members own or service licensed part 90 systems. So I thought I would share a few photos from this weekends tower site repair on my business system. Last year I added this site to my Mototrbo IP site connect system, because of costs I cut a few corners and paid the price with an under preforming site. Today's project included installing the new repeater system, replacing the antenna, upgrading from 1/2 to 7/8 feed line and swapping out the 2' standoff for a 4'. Big thanks to my climber, he braved the 29 degree temps and completed the entire project in 4 hours. Yes that's him sitting out on the end of the 4' side arm installing the new antenna. I guess the side arm is now climber tested and approved! Not even with his 50 lbs of safety gear would you catch me sitting out there at 150'. I did some testing on the 50 mile ride home and the site is no longer under preforming. It has exceeded my predictions with15 miles of portable coverage, up from 2 miles.

 

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 01:14 PM

Oh, how very nice. I wish I had a nice spot like that on a tower that I could afford! :wacko:



#3 Corey

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 03:15 PM

Oh, how very nice. I wish I had a nice spot like that on a tower that I could afford! :wacko:

 

It's not the tower rent that will kill you its the mounts, cable runs and the climber........



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 03:39 PM

May I inquire what the tower rent is? So far I've not had any luck finding a tower space around Northwest Indiana.



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 04:00 PM

Internet and rent cost me 115 a month for 150' feet, I have 2 locations from a locally owned tower company. I hope to work out a similar deal for a 3rd site this year. You have to try and find a smaller tower operator, places like American Tower and Crown Castle want outrages fees. The owner of the company is a great guy and he even climbs still. I was able to find a few other places well I was looking but decided a small company with 20 plus sites was the best option for expansion of the system. 


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Posted 16 April 2016 - 08:23 PM

I had to run out and clean up a few loose ends, I remembered to snap a pic of the the entire tower.

 

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Posted 05 February 2018 - 02:51 PM

​Towers are beautiful. 


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 02:44 PM

Nice!! But one thing is for sure, you will not find this guy way up there......no sir...



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 02:29 PM

I climbed a 40ish foot Rohn tower, not like that's really impressive but I enjoyed it lol. It had a 10 foot UHF antenna for the GMRS repeater at the very tip top, then had 2, 180 degree antennas on both sides for internet. If I remember I'll post the pic here when I climbed it.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 06:28 PM

Well, its actually not the height that concerns me, it's gravity...................... :huh:



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 10:58 PM

I'm not afraid of falling...I'm afraid of the sudden stop at the bottom.     :wacko:



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Posted 18 February 2018 - 06:23 AM

Some persons are afraid of heights...  However, I'm afraid of widths...... ;)


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 02:20 PM

Some persons are afraid of heights...  However, I'm afraid of widths...... ;)

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 07:28 PM

Yeah - Steven Wright had a bunch of good ones.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 11:03 AM

LOL...............






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