MIL LORAN Station Tower Climb[pics]

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  1. Ry1400

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    Today was a beautiful day, and we had to do some re-lamping, and structural inspection on the LORSTA Kodiak Narrow Cape tower. This thing is sweet! 625' right on the water and next to the Kodiak Launch Complex. here are pics
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    thats the first rest platform.

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    a view out towards the ocean

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    ET3 below me

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    LT above me

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    top of the ladder 625' up

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    looking down 625'

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    looking out from 625'



    I really loved it. soo beautiful out today. and such great views.

    and to think, im still not rated.
     
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    friggen incredible, i'm afraid of heights :eek:
     
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    andymodem Ambitious, but rubbish.

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    Should have unharnessed the LT and given him a push. :mamoru:
     
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    are you AF?
     
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    potam que pasa?

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    Was there anything to hold on to at the top? Even if I were hooked up to something I'd still be crying up there.
     
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    cool man , im a LORAN control monitor . we have alot of guys from LORSTAs here , a couple from port clarence . hope your climb didnt result in any UUT .
     
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    there is a picture that was quoted of us at the top, you can see the LTs feet on the platform. the platform is about 10 feet from the top, the top is a beacon, and you cant stick your head out of the top, you become an antenna then.

    and im actually in the Coast Guard.
     
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    i want to climb port clarence soo bad its twice as high 1350 foot.

    its soo badass that im D17 Tower Qualified, and im a non-rate. so ill go to A school with climbs under my belt. i got lucky.

    I dont know what UUT is, haha. but the tower was HOT, and no off-air.
    there was sparking from teh safety climb to the rail.
     
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    UUT is un usuable time . sometimes when people climb the towers we have to shut down the transmitter and that results in UUT . but if youre saying there was no off-air then everything was good . i dont monitor any west coast chains , im at NAVCEN east .
     
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    that shit is insane.
     
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    mine ethier.

    ill get them rehosted after duty today.
     
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    that makes my palms sweat, and im not afraid of heights.

    ever seen anyone fall?
     
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    I bet I could do it,.....as long as I never looked down.
     
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    oh my fucking god there is no way

    does that thing sway at all?
     
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    same thing I was thinking... I would be freaking the fuck out if it swayed just an inch.
     
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    yeah it has a tad bit of movement at the top.

    and i have never seen anyone fall, we do a lot of preventative maintence to make sure everyone is educated.

    that pole going down the center is a safe-t-rail. and you have a safe-t-climb that goes on it. and its notched every 6 inches or so. so if you did slip you would catch at 6 inches.

    thats also how you can rest is stand up, pull the safe-t-climb up a few notches and just let it catch and then sit down in your harness. its pretty ballsy. and scary at first.

    the problem with people falling and having to do rescues is when, you clip out of the safe-t-climb and use a positioning lanyard to move around the tower off of that ladder.

    i also have pictures of tower climbing certification class. and performing rescues where you decend down to the person wrap your legs around them, attach a carabiner, and then cut their line and take thier weight to your line. thats scary too
     
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    I was thinking that there would be a good amount of sway, but with all those guy wires it's gotta be hard for it to move.

    Do you guys just climb with one biner hooked to the safe-t-climb or do you use two? Whenever we did any pole climbing at my old summer job we had two biners clipped to different parts in case one part or biner failed. Did you use shock absorbers also? Depending on how you are attached an injury could result in a fall. Any fall over 1/2 of a meter on a static system could result in an injury.

    Do you go up with two attachment systems so you can hook into the top and then unhook from the safe-t-climb?

    I'd also trade a left nut to do a 600 something foot rappel. It'd take an assload of rope though. Jumpin off with a parachute would be pretty sweet too.:drool:
     
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    we had two biners
    deaccerlation devices, that had two clips. so that we can unclip from the climb.

    and a positioning lanyard as well, that connects and lets you take weight off your feet.
     
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    and the top wires that have the corona ring and gradient cones are not structural guy wires. they are Top Loading Elements. its actually antenna wire . it tricks the trasmitter into thinking the tower is taller than it really is.

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