This is pretty cool. I agree with one of the first comments in the comment section, because I too just learned I can hold my breath for a whole 26
Okay, some explanation. What follows is is a 28 minute video documenting the installation of a very large (and very heavy) antenna on top of a 1,516
foot antenna tower in Florida. It's an absolutely staggering first-person view of the whole process from atop the tower and on the ground. There is
no corny music (thankfully!), just the audio of the whole process and some descriptions of what is going on. Spectacular video! Probably one of the
best I've seen on You Tube...ever. Not for the feint of heart though; this one will get your blood pumping! WOW!
I strongly recommend watching to at least 26 minute mark because the installation is far from 'routine', and they have some serious problems near the
end where someone could have easily been killed.
I'll bet ever since you were a kid you looked up at those monster radio towers and wondered...how to they get all that stuff up there?
Well, now you know.
Happy New Year!
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In my opinion, the disassembly of the tower isn't nearly has hair-raising as the re-assembly! Bolting up steel is hard enough when it's hanging from
a crane which is sitting on a fixed point on the ground. I can't imagine trying to bolt up steel hanging from a moving helicopter 1,500 feet above
ground. Plus, trying to do it in the rotor-wash of the helicopter while perched upon a tiny platform just ups the adrenaline factor an order of
magnitude or so!
The Erickson pilots are awesome I saw them working one time on a project I was on, but nothing this crazy. When I saw them they were just setting
air handler units on top of a Chrysler plant. Still cool to watch though, but this one is on a whole other level!
ETA - If that spreader bar hadn't miraculously hooked around the ladder rung on the antenna, the whole assembly would have fallen down the tower until
it reached the end of the choker and very likely would have pulled someone (or two) off. Just crazy lucky!!
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I've been in some Trona mines in Wyoming and they were pretty deep, but you didn't really get any perspective in the elevator because you couldn't
really see down from inside. You could only see the levels flashing by as you went down.
I agree, this is some CRAZY stuff. I'm not too afraid of heights, but no way could I ever do this!!
We have some guys at work who just got their "Tower Climber" certifications. Our towers are only 350 feet, but there's no elevators on them (like the
tower in the video has), so the guys have to actually climb the tower from the ground.
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That would be a equal to a hundred and fifty one story building. Taller than the empire state building. I could not imagine climbing up that thing! I
get a nose bleed standing on a chair.
edit on 1-1-2020 by PhilbertDezineck because: (no reason given)
Well then you didn't get to see them accidentally release the main load line instead of the choker lines on the spreader bar causing the whole
spreader assembly to crash down into the top of the tower right on top of them.
Gotta' love how the one guy says...I think I might have pulled something (i.e. a muscle); that bar slammed down right there."
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