Marion County EC N5LJC reports that severe weather arrived in Columbia the day before the SET on August 5th toppling the Ham Club's 275 foot repeater tower. The NWS took pictures of the tower and looked back at radar images and determined there were winds of 140MPH at the site, and advised it was a 'micro-burst.'
The 45G tower was constructed under full specifications adhered to from Rohn's design guidance and rated at 110MPH. The storm broke out the top
1/2 of the tower. It appears that the guys were literally stripped from the triple clamps on the top sets of guys. The guy wires were not snapped and the clamps were tightened to specs. Bill Paul reports that the biggest portion of the tower is now on the ground and efforts are under way on getting the rest of the tower down so efforts can be started to go back up with new antennas and feedline. Never give up! (photo provided by N5LJC)