New WMTV-15 and WBUW-57 Tower

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[Tower Image #156]
151 - 6/28/04 - 23:21
Composite image of the topped-out tower. It isn't a perfect composite. When the tower is completed, a new composite will be created using a tripod in order to keep things vertical.
[Tower Image #152]
152 - 6/29/04 - 18:15
All the vertical pieces are in place. There were some braces that needed to be attached to make it complete.
[Tower Image #153]
153 - 6/29/04 - 18:15
Complete view of the tower. OK, the bit at the bottom is hidden by the hill :-)
[Tower Image #154]
154 - 6/29/04 - 18:19
These shots are of the crew getting ready to hoist the last two guy wires into place.
[Tower Image #155]
155 - 6/29/04 - 18:21
If you look carefully you can see the guy wire pin in the center of the photo.
[Tower Image #156]
156 - 6/29/04 - 18:22
Three of the riggers that are going up are getting their belts on.
[Tower Image #157]
157 - 6/29/04 - 18:24
Getting ready to attach to the hoist wire.
[Tower Image #158]
158 - 6/29/04 - 18:26
Wee... this is better than an E-ticket ride :-).
[Tower Image #159]
159 - 6/29/04 - 18:29
While they head on up to go to work, I gotta get back to work. My lunch hour was long over. They waved right before this photo, but unfortunately the camera was storing the previous image on the micro-drive.
[Tower Image #160]
160 - 6/29/04 - 22:24
OK, I lied, kinda. There is 60 more feet of tower sections to be placed on the tower. But, the three 20' sections aren't permanent. They are needed in order to get the crane high enough to be able to lift the antenna sticks into place.
[Tower Image #161]
161 - 6/29/04 - 22:29
These photos show the assembly of one of these sections.
[Tower Image #162]
162 - 6/29/04 - 22:29
Keep in mind that ALL of the sections had to be assembled. No section was shipped already assembled; 64 sections in this case, plus two T-bar arms.
[Tower Image #163]
163 - 6/29/04 - 22:32
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164 - 6/29/04 - 22:33
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165 - 6/29/04 - 22:38
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166 - 6/29/04 - 22:40
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167 - 6/29/04 - 22:41
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168 - 6/29/04 - 22:43
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169 - 6/29/04 - 22:44
[Tower Image #170]
170 - 6/29/04 - 22:52
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171 - 6/29/04 - 22:53
[Tower Image #172]
172 - 6/29/04 - 22:54
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173 - 6/29/04 - 22:55
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174 - 6/29/04 - 22:55
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175 - 6/29/04 - 22:56
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176 - 6/29/04 - 22:57
[Tower Image #177]
177 - 6/29/04 - 23:00
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178 - 6/29/04 - 23:01
[Tower Image #179]
179 - 6/29/04 - 23:03
[Tower Image #180]
180 - 6/29/04 - 23:04
Notice that it took about 30 minutes to assemble this one section. They still have to tighten all of the nuts/bolts, which will take about another 10-15 minutes.
[Tower Image #181
181 - 6/29/04 - 23:05
This is one of the completely assembled pieces. Once all three sections are added to the tower, it will be 1310' tall, or only 140' less than the Sears Tower (not including the antennas).
[Tower Image #182
182 - 6/30/04 - 17:43
On my way back to work from lunch, I caught the crew attaching the first of the three guy wires to its anchor.
[Tower Image #183
183 - 6/30/04 - 17:44
[Tower Image #184
184 - 6/30/04 - 17:46
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185 - 6/30/04 - 17:47
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186 - 6/30/04 - 17:47
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187 - 6/30/04 - 17:47
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188- 6/30/04 - 17:48
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189 - 6/30/04 - 17:49
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190 - 6/30/04 - 17:50
[Tower Image #191
191 - 6/30/04 - 17:52
[Tower Image #192
192 - 6/30/04 - 17:53
[Tower Image #193
193 - 6/30/04 - 17:53
Finally, the nuts are in place.
[Tower Image #194
194 - 6/30/04 - 17:54
On to the next guy wire. After all of the guy wires were put into place, they were torqued. After all of the guy wires are in place, they leveled the tower, i.e., made it perfectly vertical. They used the same measuring equipment you see used at construction sites. They used two of them. The guy wires were torqued to 10k and then backed off to 9.7k. The value includes the pulley loops. He didn't say how many loops were used.
[Tower Image #195
195 - 6/30/04 - 22:47
These boxes of antenna parts arrived during lunch. They were marked for WBUW-15. WBUW is 57 and WMTV is 15 :-)
[Tower Image #196
196 - 7/01/04 - 16:37
The antennas arrived in the morning. The one on the left is for channel 57. The one on the right is the combined 19/32 DTV antenna. Channel 15's current antenna will be moving.
[Tower Image #197]
197 - 7/01/04 - 18:42
View of the towers from the 6th floor of Meriter Hospital's tower.
[Tower Image #198]
198 - 7/01/04 - 19:16
The first of the last three sections is hoisted into place.
[Tower Image #199]
199 - 7/01/04 - 19:18
It is being swung around. The views are from the north, facing south.
[Tower Image #200]
200 - 7/01/04 - 22:20
The last section is being hoisted into place.
[Tower Image #201]
201 - 7/01/04 - 22:21
Closer shot.
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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