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[TowerTalk] painted towers

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Subject: [TowerTalk] painted towers
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Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 11:03:00 -0500 (EST)
In a message dated 97-11-14 23:30:03 EST, writes:

<< The FAA requires towers that are painted, to be painted in seven alternate
 stripes of red and white, with red being at both the top and bottom of the
 tower.  Each of the 7 stripes are of equal length, whether the tower is 200
 feet, or 2000 feet tall.  
 Those broadcast towers that are not painted, are required to have strobes
 on them running day and nite.  
 Towers under 200 ft normally are not required to be either painted or
 strobed, unless in close proximity of an airport.
 73, Bernie W7KQ

If we're going to be exact, the paint color is a specific shade of orange and
white. It is alternated every one seventh of the height, begining and ending
with orange. Strobes do run day and night, however their intestity changes
during the day. Lighting for painted towers is strictly regulated to
type-accepted fixtures. The top beacon contains redundant bulbs, also type
approved (= expensive). Lights on painted towers are only on from dawn until
dusk. Even the blinker for lighted towers is type approved!

If you have a Rohn catalog, you can see the exact lighting scheme for various
heights of towers. It makes guessing at commercial tower heights a little
more scientific.

73 and DX,

Tom, K5RC/7

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