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Amateur Radio Tower Safety (Part 5): Climbing with Positioning Gear

OnAllBands is proud to present the fifth and final Installment of DX Engineering’s Amateur Radio Tower Safety Video Series. Tim Jellison, W3YQ, covers the importance of always being 100% tied to a tower, use of a positioning lanyard, the value of a seat harness, and safe methods for navigating around an obstacle.

Tim is a longtime Amateur Radio operator, highly experienced and credentialed tower climber, certified rescue technician, and qualified climbing instructor who speaks frankly about following safety guidelines—at all times.

Enter “tower” at OnAllBands to watch the whole series. We recommend viewing them in order and sharing with all the Hams you know.

Why this series? Why now? We’ve read too many tragic stories of friends in the Ham Radio community who have been seriously injured or killed participating in the hobby we all love. It is our strong belief that even one accident is too many.

Most importantly, understand that these videos are not to be used as a replacement for taking the time to get trained and certified yourself. Consider them a warning of the inherent dangers of climbing—even small and moderate-sized towers. We hope they prompt you to seek certified training or to leave tower climbing to the professionals.

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