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My first thought was, glad it wasn't me.
Second thought was, bet he was happy he didn't forget the new bulb.
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I had a friend that did the periodic tower maintenance for the company he worked for. He looked forward to the climb because of the pay he got for it. And he lived to retirement. I like high places but I ain’t climbing no towers. When I was younger I was a ham radio operator and would climb 50 feet or so but I would poop out today before I could get off the ground.

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I got wobbly knees watching that...and, I'm glad I'm sitting down.
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I had a friend who worked at a local radio station and had to climb a 700 foot tower to change light bulbs. He said you don't look down (hard to do) but look at the tower in front of you or the horizon.

Question- If he fell, what good is the hard hat????

1969- the Army tried to get me to jump from perfectly good airplanes!
Edit- Any idea how long it took to climb up and down? All that for a five minute job!

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1969- the Army tried to get me to jump from perfectly good airplanes!!
I used to jump from C-130s and Hueys, frequently.
But only after they landed.

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How much was he paid to do that do you suppose? Was he insured?
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Yup. I used to do that 50 years ago, but never on a tower that high by itself. The highest tower that I climbed was 384', but it was on top of a 1800' steep sided mountain, so it kind of felt like I was that high anyway.

I think I've responded about my high climbing adventures here before. It was an FM broadcast tower. I also took care of their AM broadcast tower on another mountain, and several water towers. It paid really well for the time, and I was young. Too much wrong with me now, and step ladders is pushing it for me. Above 100' it's all the same except the view. The climbing gear is still hanging in my garage. Why I still have it, I don't know. I wouldn't trust it above 3' now. Back then, I replaced the belt, hooks, and straps every year. We didn't have fall harnesses back then. I just used the two hook method and never unhooked both at the same time. I used to climb power poles with spurs too. They're also still hanging in the garage.

In 1965 I was paid $1/ft and $55 for each half hour beyond the first half hour that I was above the ground. So I could make a normal weeks pay in less than an hour just by changing the two light bulbs on the top of this FM tower.

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My son with about five other technicians look after all the radio and TV transmitters for the National broadcaster in Western Australia but, if for instance lightening melts the feeder, it's a call-out for the riggers!

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I would be scared I would drop the bulb
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