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Tokyo tower shows off breathtaking views (2,080 ft. tower)
Yahoo News (AP) ^ | April 17, 2012 | AP

Posted on 04/17/2012 8:08:03 PM PDT by Texas Fossil

Journalists walk on the 450-meter (1,476 feet)-high observation deck of the Tokyo Sky Tree during a press preview in Tokyo Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The world's tallest freestanding broadcast structure that stands 634-meter (2,080 feet) will open to the public in May. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: broadcast; broadcasting; highplaces; largest; radioantenna; radiotower; radiotowers; tokyo; tower
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That is an incredible view. I spent 2 weekends at heights up to 1350 ft. on what was at one time the tallest broadcast tower in the world (1450 ft. then).

That was an amazing view and incredible drop in temperature at that height. Can you imagine 2,080 feet?

At 64 I still own a climbing belt. It is often in my pickup.

1 posted on 04/17/2012 8:08:09 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

Tall in stature, steep in price (to go up). ;-)


2 posted on 04/17/2012 8:10:43 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Study closely socialist Hugo Chavez' usage of 'popular masses' in the streets to thwart 1992 coup)
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To: Texas Fossil
incredible drop in temperature at that height. Can you imagine 2,080 feet?

I imagine there'd be a little nip in the air.

3 posted on 04/17/2012 8:12:14 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: Texas Fossil
You have my respect.

But I wouldn't do it anymore. I spent a lot of my youth hanging off towers and installing beam antennas that were MUCH larger and heavier than me.

Which was fine, before a)I figured out that I could die horribly and b) bifocals.

I get dizzy on a stepladder unless I take my glasses off. ;)

/johnny

4 posted on 04/17/2012 8:13:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Texas Fossil

What broadcast tower was that?


5 posted on 04/17/2012 8:17:21 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Texas Fossil

That’s way better than climbing the water tower.


6 posted on 04/17/2012 8:17:21 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Texas Fossil

The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai has a glass floor.
It takes a little nerve to step out on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0mR26gOMpI


7 posted on 04/17/2012 8:17:42 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Charles Henrickson

LOL!


8 posted on 04/17/2012 8:18:18 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Yep, that one cost some bucks (or yen) and was quite an engineering feat. Imagine, free standing.


9 posted on 04/17/2012 8:18:29 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: DManA

I would love to do the Grand Canyon Skywalk


10 posted on 04/17/2012 8:21:27 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Texas Fossil
I spent 2 weekends at heights up to 1350 ft. on what was at one time the tallest broadcast tower in the world (1450 ft. then).

Did it move much? I've done some mountain climbing and
didn't think a tower would be any big thing. Then I got up
one that was only a couple hundred feet. Dang thing swayed
like crazy! I felt like a rat on a fishing pole! Scared the
crap out of me.

11 posted on 04/17/2012 8:21:51 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Never did it for money. This was another Ham Radio project. We replace the hardline from the 650’ mark to the 1350’ mark. A lot of work. Block & tackle and more than a few on the tower. The tower was 1450 ft. tall, but I never went above the 1350 ft. point. Too close to the broadcast antennas.

We had a VHF repeater on that tower. Chief engineer liked us, was a Ham too.

Big problem I had was one of my friends mailed me photo’s from the project and our work. My wife “was not” impressed. hee hee hee

Still have the photo’s on one of my older computers.

Haven’t been on anything over 100 ft. in a while.


12 posted on 04/17/2012 8:24:11 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: mylife

That would be a real thrill during an earthquake. I’ve been on tall towers in the wind.


13 posted on 04/17/2012 8:24:46 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Texas Fossil

IIRC, temperature drops 1 degree C for every 1,000 feet of gain in altitude.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 8:25:03 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Army Air Corps

Channel 9


15 posted on 04/17/2012 8:25:03 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Army Air Corps

In OKC


16 posted on 04/17/2012 8:26:02 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: DManA

Pretty amazing site. Thanks


17 posted on 04/17/2012 8:28:58 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: umgud

Yeah, Me too.
I dont care for that wiggly jiggly thing when all you have is legs and arms locked in the ladder like a pretzel.


18 posted on 04/17/2012 8:30:20 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: CrazyIvan

No, it was pretty stable. Never worried about that.

But a few years later they had an ice storm that almost brought it down. Started to shed the ice and developed an oscillation that came close to destroying it.


19 posted on 04/17/2012 8:31:27 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Seemed a lot more than that. Was glad I wore a light jacket.


20 posted on 04/17/2012 8:32:57 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

That is a helluva tall tower.
Speaking of tall towers, I recall when channel 20 in Houston tried to build a tall transmission tower in the early 1980s; there was a mishap during construction and much of the tower came down. The reason why the collapse stuck in my mind is that the tower was intended to be one of the tallest in the state or region (I forgot what specific height record was meant to be reached).


21 posted on 04/17/2012 8:33:10 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Texas Fossil
Most of my work was ham radio, too. But I did some commercial with broadband. Last time around, I hired climbers.

Dec 2009, I spent 2 weeks in ICU/Trauma Care after a 5 ft. fall. Lost a spleen and a kidney, 18 units of blood during the surgeries, 3 broken ribs, including one into the chest cavity, and a fractured vert.

Only good thing that came from it was that I found out that I was REALLY right with God, and ready to go. Disappointed, in fact, when I woke up in the hospital.

I do own a step ladder. I don't use it much anymore. ;)

/johnny

22 posted on 04/17/2012 8:33:27 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: CrazyIvan

Amen!


23 posted on 04/17/2012 8:35:07 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Army Air Corps

Pretty expensive gamble for a silly record, don’t you think?


24 posted on 04/17/2012 8:35:31 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

Time to post those great tower vids again!

Russian kids playing on a 1,000 foot tower.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxIzLgN6rGs

Climbing to the top of a 1768 foot tower.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=2A_h2AjJaMw

World’s Highest Mast Climb at the Macau Tower - UM MBA — 1,109 ft Macau Tower mast climb
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gelmxp8aGQo&feature=related


25 posted on 04/17/2012 8:38:27 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Texas Fossil

It the “record” was ancillary to the goal of having a helluva broadcast area. If I recall correctly, the mishap involved a helicopter that was lifting a segment of the tower into place. The station owners wanted to have a greater broadcast area than theor competitors in Houston. After the collapse, the station used a tower atop one of the Houston skyscrapers until the built a replacement tower (this, too, was pretty damned tall). If


26 posted on 04/17/2012 8:42:58 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That is an amazing story. It was some time prior to 1995 when I was on that tower. At one point we had 5 men on the tower.

Was not just putting in place the new heliax but lashing it to the tower that took the time. A 400 ft string of large heliax is not light. Was a teriffic site.


27 posted on 04/17/2012 8:43:20 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

Holy Crap I’m so acrophobic that just the text in this thread gives me vertigo!


28 posted on 04/17/2012 8:44:05 PM PDT by hatfieldmccoy (It's not racism..... it's probability, actuarial tables, statistics. Facts are stubborn things.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I hold a commercial radio license, but have never worked in that business for a living.


29 posted on 04/17/2012 8:45:12 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: hatfieldmccoy

You know, I never had much problem with that. My caution was to always be careful of my grip and foot placement. Once I lashed off, I had to focus on what needed to be secured around me.


30 posted on 04/17/2012 8:48:25 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

I double checked, it wasn’t a helo that was involved in the collapse, it came down to a section snagging on guy wires while being hoisted into place. I sent a video clip of the tower to you in FR mail.


31 posted on 04/17/2012 8:50:31 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: mylife
The skywalk I wouldn't mind. I've seen the engineering on that, and unless there is an earthquake, it should be safe as houses.

Besides, everything looking down through my bi-focals looks 1000ft down.

/johnny

32 posted on 04/17/2012 8:51:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Texas Fossil
I let my commercial go. Don't need it anymore with the equipment I play with.

I have kept my Advanced ticket, and never gone for Extra, because I'm grandfathered in with Advanced, and they are starting to get rare. I don't mind being a little different. ;)

/johnny

33 posted on 04/17/2012 8:56:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I have been in some very interesting RF sites over the years. Many of my Ham friends when I lived in NM worked at the labs or the military bases. Very good techs and engineers.

Great community.

I got the tour of the lab at the VLA site in Datil, guided by one of the engineers. Have been at Goldstone. Often thought it would be great to go to
Arecibo, Puerto Rico and see the Observatory. Never had the opportunity.

One of my neighbors in OK was a well known EME operator. He had a 38 ft dish in his front yard. He was a great machinist, necessary for home brew microwave transmitters and receivers. More plumbing than wiring. hee hee hee

He and some friends went to National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Greenbank AK and tried to make the first EME contact on 10 GIG. They had equipment problems (mechanical) and were beat out by another group soon after their attempt.


34 posted on 04/17/2012 9:01:04 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Got my Advanced in 1976, my Extra in 1985, GROL in 2000.

In the early days I was builder. We did a lot of one of a kind stuff you could not buy then. I was the PC board guy. Screen printed, etched and drilled them. Got pretty good at it.

Last 10 years I have not been that active, too many responsibilities. Taking care of elderly sick family members.

Time is catching me.


35 posted on 04/17/2012 9:06:00 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Charles Henrickson
I imagine there'd be a little nip in the air.

True that. I wonder if a super-strong earthquake would leave a permanent slant?

36 posted on 04/17/2012 9:06:51 PM PDT by JPG (Hold on tight; rough road ahead.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Hey, I miss-stated my neighbors dish size. It was 28 ft. not 38. Shows how long ago the mid 1990’s was.


37 posted on 04/17/2012 9:07:47 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I cant even get a long wire up in a tree these days.
I spent the last month up on the roof, whoo that was a chore.
I aint scared so much as just movin slow.
And poor sight really mucks that up.


38 posted on 04/17/2012 9:07:47 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Texas Fossil
I'm surprised the owner's lawyers and insurance company let you guys up on the tower.

Unless by some quirk of fate they didn't know about it.

≤}B^)

39 posted on 04/17/2012 9:08:20 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

snort!


40 posted on 04/17/2012 9:08:59 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Texas Fossil
Never done EME. I have listened in on the Space Station. For ham radio, I always like 6 meters and 160. Built a 6 meter solid state, 50mw, CW xceiver in an Altoids can, and worked field day with it, back when 6 was wide open (and there were sunspots).

In my early years, I did ECM kind of stuff enlisted and DOD(in NM, go figure). But that was long before I became a cook.

/johnny

41 posted on 04/17/2012 9:09:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Erasmus

You guessed it. But work got done. Chief engineer knew and was present.


42 posted on 04/17/2012 9:11:57 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

KLRN San Antonio?

Devil’s backbone, Canyon Lake?

I suppose there are a few other Channel 9s in Texas but I know the Canyon Lake tower had a wide area coverage repeater at one time on 147.75/.15, if I recall.

I’m not certain you want to reveal which tower, though.


43 posted on 04/17/2012 9:13:33 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Ah, so.


44 posted on 04/17/2012 9:14:46 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

My friends with the Cactus Net would pipe the up and down link conversations for the Shuttle Missions from JPL to the network when it was idle. Was a lot of fun to listen to.

I remember setting in a Mexican Restaurant in Deming, NM with my handi-talkie setting on the table and listening to that chatter. Even in NM where this was pretty commonplace, it caused a little distracted attention. hee hee hee

Loved it. Those were good times.

Miss that group.


45 posted on 04/17/2012 9:19:38 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Erasmus

Channel 9 in OKC not TX


46 posted on 04/17/2012 9:21:05 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: mylife
I finally figured out why the old Elmers put up with us brats. They needed some monkeys that could climb for them. ;)

And we did. I was on a short list of folks invited by the widow of one Elmer to pick through his gear and bid on it.

I expect I'll leave my gear to some kid that actually knows code.

It's the great cycle.

/johnny

47 posted on 04/17/2012 9:22:19 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Texas Fossil

Just added go my list of quick things to do before I dye/die LOL


48 posted on 04/17/2012 9:27:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Erasmus

Not sure the ham repeater is still on that tower. Heard when the ice storm almost took it down that they did a house cleaning to reduce the load on the tower and the Hams got booted.

Most broadcast companies have learned over the years how valuable good techs are when the chips are down.

We had that kind of experience in NM where I lived. An Albequerque station put a translator system on a site we had our repeater on and they booted us. But they soon found that it was a long way from Albequerque to Silver City and we could drive across town and get them back on the air. They put us up in a nice rack cabinet, furnished power and AC and were happy to have our assistance. Total tone change.


49 posted on 04/17/2012 9:30:03 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That’s pretty funny LOL


50 posted on 04/17/2012 9:31:07 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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