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Reviews Summary for Don Daso, K4ZA
Don Daso, K4ZA Reviews: 128 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $Within Reason
Description: Tower Works: That title says it allóif you need tower work done, from installation to repair, I can probably help you! With 45 years of ham radio experience, Iíve worked on most every size & make of tower/beam, & specialize in Rohn guyed-towers (25, 45, 55G, etc.). Have a solid mechanical & engineering background (NCJ contributing editor), along with all the necessary skills & tools to install, take down, or repair your system, whether itís 20 or 200-feet high. Reasonable rates, good reviews, & ability to travel. 704 408 7948

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WK4P Rating: 5/5 Aug 21, 2011 09:01 Send this review to a friend
Even the XYL is Happy  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My project for the spring of 2011 was to erect a new tower in my backyard for a Mosely TA34XL and a M2 6M5X. Having never erected a guyed tower before, and living on a half acre sloping lot, I enlisted the assistance of Don Daso of Tower Works to make sure the tower went up properly and would stay up for many years to come.

This project was not the eaiest installation ever done and Don's years of experience were invaluable in making sure it was done correctly. From using raised anchors due to limited property space and sloping ground to raising the rather large Mosley TA34XL with limited space Don was able to arrive at a solution for each problem we encountered. He brought the tools and knowhow to make difficult situations much easier.

Don was also conscious of my budget limitations. He instructed me on how to do the work I could do myself. He used pre-owned parts where practical but always recommended doing things the right way. I found his suggestions made sense, there was no reason to try to save twenty dollars now only to have to spend two hundred dollars in a few years making repairs. As he put it, its not smart to be "penny wise and dollar foolish". His rates were more than reasonable, especially considering the years of knowledge and the hard work he brought to the project.

Having had the tower and antennas up for a month now I am pleased with the final result. Heck, even my wife is happy with the way things turned out, as Don went to the trouble to make sure her concerns were taken into careful consideration. Friends with more tower experience than I have commented at the quality of the accessories that Don provided and the quality of his work.

The only weekness in my experience with Tower Works was in the communication of the schedule. I would get a day's notice to have my helpers rounded up and that made it tough to accomodate their schedules. But I understand that my project was a small one in the grand scheme of things and Don took the time to work me into his very busy schedule. More importantly his experience and hard work have left me confident that my tower and antennas will play well for many years to come.

One final thing I would recommend to anyone working with Don; take his advice. He wil NOT tell you to do things just to charge you more, taking his advice will save you money in the long run. Also I'd recommend simply getting your tower and accessories through him. From my experience you'll rest easier knowing everyting is good and won't have to deal with the inconsistancies of finding junk at hamfests. This is especially true if you're like me and have very limited experience with towers.

AA4VX Rating: 5/5 Jul 17, 2011 10:58 Send this review to a friend
Installation of 80 meter Yagi.  Time owned: months
Don spent 4 days at my QTH in Myrtle Beach, SC and the plan was to build two antennas: An OptiBeam OB2-80+ (high performance 2el 80m monoband Yagi) and a Steppir DB36. As we were building the first antenna, unfortunately the balun was not included in the original packages. Array Solutions, to their credit, overnighted the missing part so we could continue with the build. At that time, Don said since we are now stalled; let us start to build the Steppir. As that point, we discovered in the middle of the build, missing parts. Don immediately took out his cell phone, called SteppIR and gave them the part number with instructions to overnight it to our location. Something went wrong and the wrong part arrived effectively putting the build of the DB36 off for another visit from Don. I spent four days with Don. Not only is he an extremely pleasant individual, but we had a lot of laughs about amateur radio, telling stories of times past and of people we both knew in common. He is extremely knowledgeable and worked long days to try to install 2 antennas at my QTH. The Optibeam is an extremely large and heavy antenna and required the use of a crane to safely install it. With Don, safety is absolutely paramount. Everything he did was meticulous, and we had a funny experience as the rain Gods decided to send us lightning, complete with a flash thunderstorm just as he were getting ready to climb the tower to install the Yagi. At that time, in consultation with the Crane operator, we called it off until the next morning, for the safety of all. Saturday morning we continued and it was a long day with the conclusion that my antenna was mounted on my tower and it was my responsibility to finish the wiring to my shack. It plays absolutely marvelously. I look forward to Donís return to finish the DB36. If you need someone Ė not only is his price extremely reasonable, but he is a pleasure to work with! When you hire someone at Donís caliber, you are hiring a ďproĒ and you have to listen and take heed to the words of experience. I personally look forward to having many pleasant years on the band due to the fact that the antennas were installed professionally, and with a lot of attention to detail, which are always the little things that one may forget that ends up with big problems later. Gene K2QWD
K5MR Rating: 5/5 Apr 13, 2011 18:27 Send this review to a friend
quality workmanship  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Don along with assistance from John, W2GD took down 8 towers ranging in height from 200 ft to 45 ft and 14 large HF yagis when my antenna farm was sold. The job was done right and on schedule. Don is very knowledgeable and has the right tower tools to get the job done in an efficient and safe fashion. I highly recommend Don for any tower and antenna work, large or small.
KF4TP Rating: 5/5 Mar 25, 2011 07:59 Send this review to a friend
Great job taking down Tri-Bander and replacing with 3L SteppIR  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Don,K4ZA ,in my books,the best qualified Tower and Antenna ''guy''I can think of.--

I wanted to replace my TH-3 Tri-Bander with a 3L SteppIR.--The tower,85ft of Rohn#25 had all kinds of''Low Band'' wires hanging from it,making it difficult to ''tram ''the antennas.-
After surveying the situation,Don fabricated a ''PVRC Mount'' overnight,so that the SteppIR could go up Boom and Elements one at a time and be assembled at the top of the tower.

Unexpectidly,,the old mast had to be changed to make it fit.Don had the solutions and the parts to get the job done in a very professional way.

In the end,everything went without a hitch and the job turned out perfect.--Great job---
W7WZ Rating: 5/5 Mar 12, 2011 09:49 Send this review to a friend
Solid professional  Time owned: months
Don Daso, K4ZA has earned my highest respect and recommendation for tower and antenna installation and consulting services. We do not always agree and occasionally things do not go as expected. Since he is a few years older and has much more experience, I accept his advice almost always.

My project scope included two Rohn 45G guyed towers at 100 feet each. A Force12 C31XR is mounted on one and a Force12 240N is on the other.

Don's experience and tools were extremely valuable in safely errecting the towers and raising large antennas. We love his winch, gin pole, come a longs, pulleys, long ropes, loos gauge and klein grips just to mention a few of the special things he brings. While all this stuff is readily available, Don's skill and judgement are what really brings value to the project. I climb and I have used all these tools on doing 6 towers in the past. I also know my limits. Don has tremendous experience working in tight areas using cranes, the corkscrew method and traming big antennas up safely. Don is a professional who does this work all the time. He can generally accomplish tasks in half the time it takes hams with limited experience. His communication skills and empathy set him apart from others. He is a very active ham himself with experience at the biggest and best tower installations around. Oh and his rates are pretty reasonalbe for what he brings to the project. Don will be working with us on phase 2 of our little project. He is a solid professional.
K8MFO Rating: 5/5 Jan 11, 2011 04:57 Send this review to a friend
Lots of Experience  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Don has been working on antennas and towers for a long time. He has the experience, knowledge, equipment, and know how to make your project a success. He does it all in a safe manner.

If you can't figure out what to do, or how to do it, then Don may be your answer.
WB4YDL Rating: 5/5 Dec 27, 2010 17:56 Send this review to a friend
Excellent & Professional  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Two years ago next month, this area endured the historic and terrible ice storm of 2009. This took down my antennas with 2" of radial ice and bent a 3/8" thick chromolly mast like a twig. I was able to get my 72' crank up back up and lightened its load. I then went to a new Rohn 45 tower for the 20/40M stack. I was advised by the good folks on Towertalk to seek the aid of one Don K4ZA. My initial contact with him was simply a call for advice. After discussing my situation with friends in TCG, I decided to go for much more than advice. Don proceeded to procure tower for me at a discount and put me on his schedule. I had a LOT to do to plan this major expansion of my station. Don emailed me answers to my numerous questions and eventually the big day(s) came when he arrived with all the tower sections in tow.

First he addressed my crank-up tower and its balky TIC ring rotator. After a frustrating day of troubleshooting, it turned out to be a problem with both the Green Heron Controller and the TIC motor ! After this was taken care of, he got right to work on the new tower, the base of which was 150 feet from the crank-up. The 120 feet of Rohn 45 went up without a hitch. Then there was the matter of a VERY large Force 12 MAG 620/340 weighing over 300 lbs. on a 44 foot boom. He advised the use of a crane which was brought here 65 miles away. It all went very, very well. The second antenna in the stack was the rebuilt former MAG 620/340 from before the ice storm. It was in about 5 pieces and I spent the better part of a year rebuilding it with the help of the great folks at Force 12. This was the older, smaller version with linear loading wires. This antenna now resides at 60 feet on a TIC ring rotator. Don had some issues with this ring - he had done several of these before but didn't understand that the triangle TIC frame MUST be rotated counter-clockwise in order for the motor to attach and engage correctly. He couldn't get it the first go around here and had to leave. But after a job in IL, he came back through to correct the problem the week before Christmas ! At NO charge ! After we looked at the issue and drew pictures, he was able to correct the problem and all was well.

This was a complex undertaking spanning the better part of a year that took lot's of planning to execute. The final tab was VERY reasonable and, oh, he bought the straight part of the bent mast from the ice storm and an unused antenna switch. Without reservation, I give him my highest recommendation. I even scored a signed copy of his new tower book !
N4HB Rating: 5/5 Nov 28, 2010 16:30 Send this review to a friend
Great Job at Reasonable Rates  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Don, K4ZA, recently removed an old 80-foot ďHeightsĒ, aluminum, self-supporting tower for me that was fully loaded with a HF tri-bander and a number of large VHF/UHF arrays. The tower had been in use for over 40 years. It was painful to see it go, but it was time! Don is a tower professional who keeps a well-stocked truck of tools and materials that can handle just about any tower service for amateurs. My tower was challenging, but Don got it down safely and without a hitch. Iím now looking at using him to help me with my new towers at my new QTH. If you need first-class service at a reasonable rate, heís the guy.
K0KL Rating: 5/5 Oct 12, 2010 17:28 Send this review to a friend
Great service!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Don just left having done an excellent job cleaning up after lightening. New rotor head, rewire, replace VHF vertical at top of 90 foot tower. Very competent, good to work with and reasonable rates.
The rotor change out was made difficult by a heavy array and mast. No problem for Don. I would recommend to anyone needing tower services
W4RM Rating: 5/5 Sep 14, 2010 17:54 Send this review to a friend
Great Job working in a tight location  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Don did a great job yesterday working in my M2 Rotor. The rotor had some issues and was located at 105ft just above a 1032 Tic ring rotor and the top guy wire. This was a very hard repair as the M2 rotor was in a very tight place and difficult to work on.
Don completed the job in just over two hour and provided a very reasonable cost for the difficulty of the repair.
I would recommend Donís tower service to anyone needing tower repair.
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