Re: Antennas for 160m
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Had one of those ladders you mentioned. After a couple mishaps with it not locking in, sold it at a garage sale. They were cheaply constructed imitations of Little Giant ladders. You were lucky to have escaped without major damaged to your foot !
On Friday, December 4, 2020, 04:36:06 PM CST, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:
Milt & Jerry,
Interesting stories. I have never fallen off a ladder, but have my own story. I needed to working on a roof mounted antenna so I got out my 15ft extension ladder and put it up. Started climbing and got to about 3 1/2 feet off the ground and the top section slid down and stopped on my foot, trapping it. Apparently the latches had not caught. So there I was 3 1/2 feet off the ground stuck and trying to figure out how long it would take the xyl to wonder what happened to me. Should I try to fall over backwards with the ladder on top of me and how much damage would I suffer, being over 70. I finally managed to get my foot out of the shoe, with some effort and was free. The xyl thought I was "stupid" for not making sure the upper section of the ladder was securely latched. I do now, every time I use a ladder. She still lets me get on the roof, but I think those days are numbered.
I have also had the same problem as Jerry with trees growing over support ropes. I now use steel cables with pieces of flexible conduit over them to go over the tree limbs. I have a pulley on the cable with the host rope for the antenna. I found that if the steel cable gets stuck, a hand winch will break it loose.
Dick - KC3EF