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Oh damn; La tercera parte

Now where did those vise (vice?) grips go?

Vice grip pliers used to clamp RF feed to tower

Vise grip pliers used to clamp RF feed to tower

Oh yeah, that’s right, they were used to attach the RF feed to an AM tower.  About ten years ago.

Vice grip tower clamp

Vise grip tower clamp

From this view, it looks like whatever tower crew installed this tower could not manage to solder or braze the copper RF connection to the steel tower.  The area was then painted, but it looks like there is some corrosion going on between metals.

Vice grips clamping RF feed to tower

Vise grips clamping RF feed to tower

Another view.

AM broadcast tower

AM broadcast tower

This is a relatively new tower.  Sadly, it is very likely that this station will be going off the air soon.  If the station is still on the air come springtime, I will drag the brazing outfit across the field/swamp and fix this.  If the station goes dark, then I won’t worry about it.


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