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[TowerTalk] painted towers

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Subject: [TowerTalk] painted towers
From: (Scott Bullock)
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 20:56:34 -0500
I stand corrected, next time i'll read the rest of my mail before I put my
foot in my mouth.

At 08:21 PM 11/14/97 -0600, you wrote:
>>hi all,
>>i just spent 3 days driving a "mini-mover" van-type thing from the
>>southwest up to the bay area, and it shimmied, coughed, and made
>>death-rattle noises, except at 55mph, where it was as smooth as silk.
>>so, i had time to notice towers along the route.  i first estimated that
>>towers that were painted red/white in alternating sections were 10
>>feet of white, then 10 of red, etc.  i decided i could tell the
>>height by counting stripes and multiplying by 10 feet.  then it
>>seemed like many 7-stripers were more like 140 feet high!  is there a
>>standard recipe for doing this?  i imagine it's specified by the faa
>>or somebody like that.
>>i also noticed that there were some pretty tall towers without paint,
>>while some were painted but not anywhere near an airfield.  are there
>>painted towers just to "cover the tails" of tower owners?  should we
>>*all* be painting our towers, regardless of height?
>>i sure am glad to be home!  see you at the paint store right after
>>SSfone and documenting my RFexposure values!
>The requirement is that the tower be painted in 7 areas divided into
>the length of the tower.  That is, it shall be painted alternate red
>and white for a total of 7 differently colored areas evenly spaced over
>the length of the tower.  It has nothing whatever to do with the height
>of the tower other than:
>(1)  A tower exceeding 200 feet and having blinking red lights shall be
>     painted with alternate red and white areas.
>(2)  A tower exceeding 200 feet and having strobe lights shall not need
>     to be painted alternate red and white areas.
>(3)  A tower that does not exceed 200 feet does not need to be painted
>     or illuminated.
>Rod, N5HV
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