Pennsylvania Radio Amateur Dies in Tower Installation Mishap

A 62-year-old Union Dale, Pennsylvania, radio amateur — Leland L. “Lee” Parsons III, N3LPJ — was killed on June 14 during a tower installation project when a tower section he was working on collapsed off State Route 2069 in Gibson Township. Authorities said Parsons was apparently attempting to attach a guy wire to the bottom tower section when it went over. Parsons was an ARRL member and the president of the Susquehanna County Amateur Radio Club.

The online Wireless Estimator called the incident “a stark reminder of the dangers present this weekend during Field Day.” The article cited a 2009 Field Day tower collapse that claimed the life of 57-year-old Larry Prelog, KE4PM — an experienced climber — while he was installing an antenna. In that incident, two legs at the base of the tower buckled.

The Wireless Estimator article also recalled the death of the Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, 84, a well-known radio amateur, contester, and Field Day participant, who lost his life last October when he fell from one of the towers at his extensive antenna farm in Wisconsin.

Parsons was among the founding members of the Susquehanna County Amateur Radio Club. He also belonged to the Wayne County Amateur Radio Club.

Source:ARRL


Antenna

ALEXLOOP PREMIER

ALEXLOOP PREMIER

The AlexLoop has long been the gold standard of the portable magnetic loop antenna. The AlexLoop Premier is the new and further enhanced version of th… Read more

VHF


Equipment

Equipment

2-way RX splitter

2-way RX splitter

The splitter or combiner is a very useful device. It can provide equal voltages, equal current, or equal power to matched or unmatched loads. Like all… Read more

The post Pennsylvania Radio Amateur Dies in Tower Installation Mishap appeared first on QRZ NOW – Amateur Radio News.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.