Today I tested out my winch setup. First trip down was bumpy due to the uneven layering of the cable in the new winch, but it went well. When I got near the bottom I realized I needed to cut out a little in front of the legs (see picture). So I wound it back up, cut out the wood ties and wound it down again. I am very happy with it. It is smooth and seems secure. Just takes more winding than I expected. V2 may be electric!
I added another 8 ft section to get it to 32ft. Next I will add the top 8ft section, take my time to set up the mast, antennas and preamps; and then wind her up,