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Amateur Radio Tower Safety (Part 4): Fall Arrest Gear and More

OnAllBands is proud to present the fourth Installment of DX Engineering’s Amateur Radio Tower Safety Video Series. Tim Jellison, W3YQ, covers the importance of wearing a full body harness when climbing a tower, inspecting the harness, tips on attaching fall arrest cables to the tower, and why climbers should always wear a chin-strapped hard hat.

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 previous videos in the series. And look for the fifth and final video coming soon.

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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