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  • Hank Greeb
    Not eggzactly Ham radio, but many hams have towers, and climb them, so I thought this sounded interesting... ... Subject: Tower climbers to get their day in
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 18, 2008
      Not eggzactly Ham radio, but many hams have towers, and climb them, so I
      thought this sounded interesting...

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      Subject: Tower climbers to get their day in the sun
      Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 12:11:08 EDT
      From: W0WOI@...
      To: vhf@..., scarc@...,
      vhfcontesting@...

      Climbers to get their day in the sun
      NBC's "Dateline" to explore the perilous world of tower dogs on July 21

      July 16, 2008 - NBC's "Dateline Presents" says it will take "a
      never-before-seen journey into the hazardous world of the tower
      climbers who work on the frontlines of America's high-tech
      communications system." The program, "Tower Dogs," will air on Monday,
      July 21 at 10:00 PM/ET.

      The hour-long broadcast is expected to give an up close and personal
      no-holds-barred look at tower dogs' lives - up in the air and on the
      ground. "We experience their on-the-job tension and watch them work
      hard, play hard, and mourn when they lose one of their own," NBC said
      in a press release. In a twist on all the dangerous-job programs that
      solely feature males, typically narrated with muscular prose, "Tower
      Dogs" follows an unusual tower crew boss: a woman named Nikki Collins,
      a single mom, former cheerleader, and the person keeping her tough-guy
      charges in one piece. Although there has been a noted increase in tower
      construction company owners and climbers that are women
      (http://www.wirelessestimator.com/t_content.cfm?pagename=Women Climbers)
      , they are in a small minority in a predominately male profession.

      The "Dateline" team worked for four months documenting this group of
      tower climbers as they worked their way through 40 towns and cities in
      24 states. During this time there were seven fatalities nationwide,
      including five deaths in a 12-day period in April. Please see:
      National exposure long overdue, say many
      (http://www.wirelessestimator.com/t_content.cfm?pagename=Tower Dogs)
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