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Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:

from cdapress.com on February 15, 2014
Website: http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_90f0170b-c09a-5dbb-8c06-402d30eabb48.html
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Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by KK5RH on February 15, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Back in the late 60's (when I was still a boy) my Dad had a crank up tower. He always warned me about something like this happening. I remember us always being super careful anytime we had to mess with that tower. Very sad accident. Prayers to this gentleman.
 
RE: Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by K2GWK on February 15, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
The article said, "After 20 minutes, the man was extricated and lowered to the ground" which hints that he was climbing a crank up tower. If that is the case his own foolishness caused this accident. I never want to see anyone get hurt but you have to wonder, "what the hell was he thinking"?
 
Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by W8SOL on February 15, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I feel sorry for the fellow but the pic in the article looks to be a very large CB beam on a light weight crankup. Was probably very over loaded before he climbed it which is a no no anyway. Looks rusty too.
 
Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by W6ZKH on February 15, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
"BEARPAW" is pretty much a dead give away that the article saying he was a ham radio operator isnt quite true... Sorry to see he lost some limbs, but at least he came out alive... anytime I ever climbed a crankup tower, it was down all the way and resting.
 
Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by NH7FL on February 16, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I have a crank-up tower, and I refuse to get on it unless it's all the way down fully nested against the ground.
 
RE: Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by NN4RH on February 16, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
http://www.qrz.com/db/KE7ADT
 
RE: Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by K7CB on February 17, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
"I feel sorry for the fellow but the pic in the article looks to be a very large CB beam on a light weight crank up."

I saw the picture and thought the same thing. He may be a licensed ham but that's not an amateur radio antenna.
 
Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by K5WMG on February 17, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
This appears to be a CB antenna as it looks like the beam is mounted vertically and anyone named "Bearpaw" isn't likely a ham.

Bad procedure to not block a crackup. Have one here and it now tilts over, but when it didn't it was blocked at the 20foot level when working on the antenna where it could not move.

Hate that someone was hurt, but I seriously doubt that this is a ham.
 
Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by KD0REQ on February 18, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
this is what they make landscape timbers and sledgehammers for.. blocking and releasing stuck sections. before you start up. Lord have mercy.
 
Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by KD6SBR on February 18, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Some of the negative comments are really idiotic.
So what if he was not a ham, he still got hurt, and hams have had this happen to them all too often, and "Professionals" as well in the industry.
Ham operators are nothing special when it comes to towers.
Dumb comments IMO.
AND how do any of you this the antenna was not converted for 10M, LOL.
This comment was only for the ones with NO common sense.
Get Well BearPaw,
 
RE: Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by W2TXB on February 20, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Not a ham? Must be KE7ADT is something else. ;)

I am thinking he is A.I. as the name was given to him by his grandfather; this is common in the A.I. traditions.

Just as disturbing was a comment posted by a Moderator in open forum (as opposed to Private Message) on another ham radio web site. The thread title is: "Ham radio operator looses hand and fingers in tower accident." and the comment by the moderator was as follows:

"PCF,

That remark is in appallingly poor taste. I've given you an infraction, but frankly I have to ask:

Are you stupid or just awesomely inconsiderate?

73,
Bill K7JBQ
One of the QRZ.com moderators"

Personal attacks and name-calling should be confined to PM's or just not posted at all. Maybe the comment by PCF was over the line; it was deleted, so we will likely never know. Call me crazy, but I prefer the, "you said/posted it, you "own" it, and the world gets to see it right from the horse's mouth (or other orifice)."

Back on topic, it is hoped that Bearpaw recovers well and is back on the air soon.
 
RE: Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by STRAIGHTKEY on February 21, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
QRZ has the worst moderators I've ever seen, anywhere. They're just as bad as the people they're supposedly moderating. I'd sure like to hear what Fred tells them to do because it's a free for all. And what are these "super moderators"?
 
RE: Man Loses Hand, Fingers in Tower Accident:  
by K6VCI on February 25, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Call: KE7ADT Class: General
 
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