: TV Broadcast Towers & Transmitters (photos, vids)
2010-09-15, 10:07 PM
Overview from western side:
Closeup of upper platform:
2010-09-15, 11:34 PM
I've still got sweaty palms from watching it,
Same here. At least I got to see it once before they took it down. I probably wouldnt have watched a second time, heh.
2010-09-15, 11:43 PM
Apparently this is what happened to the video in question: http://www.theonlineengineer.org/TheOLEBLOG/?m=201009
It's still viewable on the net if you do a search.
The guy's got a big set, I'll tell you that.
2010-09-16, 03:14 PM
Mike FM - Any chance for any pictures of the "Big Looma" arrangement with it's honking great Channel 3 arrays?? Also any pictures available of the old venerable Channel 3 tube transmitter. How much power can be cranked out of this animal??
2010-09-16, 03:20 PM
I believe I'm able to upload pics to my profile... stay tuned.
2010-09-16, 03:27 PM
Wowwwwww - Tks Mike FM. Very impressive! It seems that the antenna gain at Channel 3 must be very large and maybe the RCA tube transmitter output maybe no more than 30Kw?? The antenna arrays must be physically huge and of great weight!! Wonder how they got them up there?
2010-09-16, 03:53 PM
I feel bad for the guy who wanted the video down for fear of being blacklisted. Once something is on the net it never leaves. If you still want to see the video
2010-09-16, 09:53 PM
Mike FM - a few years ago I remember taking shots of the "Big Looma" mast but think I remember seeing a different style of Channel 3 antenna mounted on the mast in the form of square panels. Can you confirm any antenna changes?
So I guess that the top Channel 3 stack will be removed and replaced by the new hi-band stack. Why can't the old hi-band stack above be changed out also or will that be needed in place to perform the changeover without interruption of service?
2010-09-18, 09:14 AM
Apologies if this has already been posted, but I just know that the gear-heads here will love to see this.
Climb to the top of a 1700+ foot TV tower, no safety line, and a voice-over pointing out some of the parts of the antenna. Yikes!
2010-09-18, 09:37 AM
My stomach was in knots!
That was crazy!
2010-09-18, 09:47 AM
It has been posted a million times already.
2010-09-18, 09:57 AM
Climb to the top of a 1700+ foot TV tower ...
Well, there's yet another thing I'm glad I don't ever have to do in my life! :o
2010-09-18, 11:05 AM
Yup! It's the same video that the producer has been trying to take down from the web. Unfortunate for the producer that the video once posted and removed from youtube is now viral with no chance to scrub it from the internet.
2010-09-18, 12:43 PM
Very impressive climb - Surely it can be made safer in order to mitigate the risk of a possible fall! Modern tower designs and improved lightweight PPE should help greatly with this elevated work area!
2010-09-18, 01:12 PM
Yep, a few of us noted after Post #129 that safety regulations weren't followed, and the explanation of why the original video was pulled from Youtube (see Post #139) concerns the ruining of the climber's professional reputation for doing that.
Any truth to the voice-over that most climbers free-climb and OSH regulations allow for that? I can't see how one could climb that structure in a reasonable period of time using 2 snap hooks.
PS: Did anyone else get an odd sensation watching this centered in their gonads? :)
2010-09-18, 02:07 PM
I have 6 tethered and 23 free fall skydives in my log book and no fear of heights per se when I'm up on a tower or building roof, but that video gave me a real vertigo sensation! :eek: I think its something about the vantage point.
2010-09-18, 02:15 PM
The Wireless Estimator site has updated their report on the video:Jim Coleman, Chairman of the National Association of Tower Erectors viewed the video this morning on YouTube and was troubled by the comments concerning free climbing. He was also concerned that it was entitled as a tutorial.
"I'm unaware of any guidance by OSHA that allows for free climbing as an acceptable method of accessing elevated work," Coleman said.http://www.wirelessestimator.com/t_content.cfm?pagename=Tower%20Worker%20VideoIf you see any climber actions that should be brought to the attention of the industry, please let us know. All replies will be confidential. Send your photographs and comments surrounding the unsafe practices to email@example.com.They've also added a good editorial called "Do broadcasters take safety seriously?" available at the same link.
2010-09-18, 06:41 PM
Agreed with similar comments above that the video appears to add a sense of vertigo and imminent danger. The reality isn't nearly as scary.