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Concord Tower Saga Update

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Subject: Concord Tower Saga Update
From: (Fred Hopengarten)
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 1997 17:38:37 EST
Fred Hopengarten, K1VR
Six Willarch Road * Lincoln, MA 01773-5105 * 617/259-0088
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Big antennas, high in the sky, are better than small ones, low.

On Fri, 10 Jan 97 18:20:38 UT "Joe Spinosa" <> writes:
>A real sticking point arose about antennas.  The city wanted drawings 
>of the 
>antennas I intended to put on the tower.  I explained (to no avail) 
>that the 
>nature of amateur radio is experimentation, and that my antennas would 
>certainly change.  I explained that I wanted a permit for the TOWER, 
>and if 
>they wanted to put some sort of limit on the antennas, they should use 
>capacity rating provided in the uniform building code calculations.
>No dice.

When you are in front of them next, tell them that antennas are like
sails on a mast.  You design the mast for a certain windload.  Whether
the sails are red, white or blue is of no consequence. 

You are playing on their turf, so you've got to play by their rules, but
slip somewhere into your application or presentation, "or equivalent."

That's it:  "Or equivalent."

When someone asks what that means, you say:  "Given how long it takes for
one of these applications to be processed, I can't say whether these
antennas will still be on the market when the time comes to buy it.  What
do I mean by equivalent?  If it presents the same or less surface to the
wind, it is equivalent."

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