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Subject: tower permits
From: (Richard Karlquist)
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 1996 16:33:02 -0700
I tend to agree with the idea of putting up a "35 foot" tower with
no fuss or muss, and then letting it "grow".  In San Jose, there is
a 35 foot height limit and the bldg. dept used to approve crank up
towers for their rated height (70 ft or whatever) for engineering 
purposes with the disclaimer that current zoning laws only permitted
them to be cranked up to 35 feet.  The bldg. inspectors did with
with a nod and a wink.  So as a practical matter, everyone could 
get away with 70 feet.  The city would have to catch you in the
act with it cranked up all the way, and even then you could just
say "oops, cranked it too far" but they couldn't make you take it
down.  This may change some opinions here about crankups vs guyed
towers (I catch a "real hams don't use crankups" drift).

By the way:  in most areas you don't need a bldg. permit for a 
structure of less than 120 square feet (like a storage shed).
How come a tower doesn't qualify for this? 

Rick Karlquist N6RK

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