New WMTV-15 and WBUW-57 Tower

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[Tower Image #100]
100 - 6/22/04 - 18:21
Blowup view of the riggers.
[Tower Image #101]
101 - 6/22/04 - 22:34
By quiting time (my quiting time :-), two more sections have been added.
[Tower Image #102]
102 - 6/22/04 - 22:34
Crop of an area where they are doing something. I have no idea what.
[Tower Image #103]
103 - 6/22/04 - 22:36
Beautiful day, lovely shot of the towers. The old tower is in front of the new tower.
[Tower Image #104]
104 - 6/22/04 - 22:37
Working on the side of the tower.
[Tower Image #105]
105 - 6/22/04 - 22:37
Blowup view.
[Tower Image #106]
106 - 6/22/04 - 23:42
Different side view of the towers.
[Tower Image #107]
107 - 6/22/04 - 22:43
Closeup of the newly added sections.
[Tower Image #108]
108 - 6/22/04 - 22:43
Enlargement with section number and footage marks. Add one foot to the values listed.
[Tower Image #109]
109 - 6/26/04 - 15:56
Working in beacon light installation.
[Tower Image #110]
110 - 6/26/04 - 15:56
Enlarged view of the tower rigger working on the light installation.
[Tower Image #111]
111 - 6/26/04 - 22:53
Assembling the middle of section 61.
[Tower Image #112]
112 - 6/26/04 - 22:53
The base section.
[Tower Image #113]
1133 - 6/26/04 - 22:54
Closer view. It is hard to believe that the point at the base can support 1250' of tower and accessories.
[Tower Image #115]
114 - 6/26/04 - 23:00
Assembling the middle of section 61.
[Tower Image #115]
115 - 6/26/04 - 23:00
Some of the beacon lights.
[Tower Image #116]
116 - 6/26/04 - 23:02
Beacon lights assembled on the tower.
[Tower Image #117]
117 - 6/26/04 - 23:02
Tower light installation.
[Tower Image #118]
118 - 6/26/04 - 23:03
Enlarged view. If you look carefully, you can see the tower rigger on the left.
[Tower Image #119]
119 - 6/26/04 - 23:03
More work on section 61.
[Tower Image #120]
120 - 6/26/04 - 23:05
Section 61 assembly work.
[Tower Image #121]
121 - 6/26/04 - 23:08
Section 61 assembly work.
[Tower Image #122]
122 - 6/26/04 - 23:15
Section 61 assembly work.
[Tower Image #123]
123 - 6/26/04 - 23:15
The new transmitter building.
[Tower Image #124]
124 - 6/26/04 - 23:16
Section 58 is ready to be hoisted into place.
[Tower Image #125]
125 - 6/26/04 - 23:17
A very loud vibrating socket attachment is used to tighten the nuts and bolts. But it isn't the final tightening sequence.
[Tower Image #126]
126 - 6/26/04 - 23:18
One of the last guy wire pivot connection ends.
[Tower Image #127]
127 - 6/26/04 - 23:18
The backup generator. This is the location, even though isn't protected from falling ice:-)
[Tower Image #128]
128 - 6/26/04 - 23:22
More nut tightening.
[Tower Image #129]
129 - 6/26/04 - 23:30
This is the final nut tightening sequence. After each one is tightened, it is marked so that it can be seen that it was tightened.
[Tower Image #130]
130 - 6/27/04 - 17:24
Getting ready to be hoisted to the tower. [Yes, it is out-of-focus and I don't know why.]
[Tower Image #131]
131 - 6/27/04 - 17:25
All aboard!
[Tower Image #132]
132 - 6/27/04 - 17:25
Up, up and away.
[Tower Image #133]
133 - 6/27/04 - 17:26
The placard on the base of the tower. Tradition has it that a silver dollar is supposed to be placed at the base of the tower. In this case, they did not. But they did put some change in the base, specifically Arkansas quarters (since most of the guys are from there). The weight that is listed is for the base that the tower sits on. KIPS = Kilo Pounds = 1000 pounds
[Tower Image #134]
134 - 6/27/04 - 17:28
The finished section 61.
[Tower Image #135]
135 - 6/27/04 - 17:28
Getting nearer to the destination.
[Tower Image #136]
136 - 6/27/04 - 17:29
If you notice in the other pictures, there is an orange rope that is used to keep items, and/or tower riggers, away from the tower as they are being hoisted. Well, the rope goes through a pulley that is attached to the tree at the far end of the photo, which is attached to a pulley at the end of the white flatbed trailer (seen in the background of the photo, left of the tree that has the other pulley), which is ultimately attached to the tractor.
[Tower Image #137]
137 - 6/27/04 - 17:30
Almost to the tower destination.
[Tower Image #138]
138 - 6/27/04 - 17:31
They are there. More work to be done on the tower lights. They will be working through the July 4th weekend, but it is supposed to rain during part of the weekend. There are no more planned trips home until the job is done.
[Tower Image #139]
139 - 6/28/04 - 21:56
The final section, 61, being hoisted into place.
[Tower Image #140]
140 - 6/28/04 - 21:57
It will be placed on top of section 60.
[Tower Image #141]
141 - 6/28/04 - 22:04
The hoisting continues.
[Tower Image #142]
142 - 6/28/04 - 22:06
Almost there.
[Tower Image #143]
143 - 6/28/04 - 22:09
Enlarged view. Just a little bit to go.
[Tower Image #144]
144 - 6/28/04 - 22:09
Enlarged view. No the swinging into place begins.
[Tower Image #145]
145 - 6/28/04 - 22:10
Enlarged view. Almost there.
[Tower Image #146]
146 - 6/28/04 - 22:11
Enlarged view. Now it gets lowered into place.
[Tower Image #147]
147 - 6/28/04 - 22:12
Enlarged view. The lowering continues.
[Tower Image #148]
148 - 6/28/04 - 22:13
Enlarged view. Almost there.
[Tower Image #149]
149 - 6/28/04 - 22:17
Enlarged view. The topping is done. The final guy wires go up tomorrow.
[Tower Image #150]
150 - 6/28/04 - 22:17
Enlargement with the latest section and footage numbers. You'll notice that the footage value that lines up with the top of the antenna stick on the old tower, doesn't match the height of the tower as stated by the WMTV chief engineer. I do not know why it doesn't match. Add one foot to each value, except for the top, subtract 2 feet.
Notes:
  • There are up to six riggers working up in the tower.
  • The very bottom section is 16' and is one foot AGL.
  • The next six sections at the bottom are about 26.667'.
  • Each remaining section is 20'.
  • The T-bar is 11'.
  • Currently scheduled date for antenna sticks to be installed: 8/1/04.
  • The antennas will be hoisted into place.
  • One of the copper signal feeders will carry channel 15. The other copper feeder will carry a combined 19 and 32 (DTV). The waveguide will carry channel 57.
  • Original images are 2560x1920 - TIFF (5 Mpixel)
  • Starting with the 6/15/04 images, they are 3264x2448 - TIFF (8 Mpixel)
  • Enlarged views are 720x540 cuts
  • Blowup views are 360x270 cuts enlarged to 720x540
  • The EXIF value for the time the shots were taken is CST, not CDT
  • Starting with the 6/15/04 images, the EXIF value for the time the shots were taken is GMT

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