N4ZR and others have said:
>Steve's right, of course, if it's only $250 and the project is several $K.
>Maybe so, but most of the discussion has been about BX and 20 or 25G.
>The staple of a modest installation. <snip>
>In the second place, a $250 fee for a PE stamp may simply break the
>ham radio budget of those dreaming of a small tower and beam.
That's a good point. Considering you can buy a short, used Rohn 25
AND a tribander for about $250, another $250 for a rubber stamp doubles
the budget. And $250 is almost 10% of my planned 100' Rohn 45 with a
KT34XA and 402CD which is coming in at an estimated $2700. Add $300 for
the local permit cost and it's 17%.
After all, this is the TowerTalk reflector, where probably the average
tower height is 50-60', not the Contest reflector where there's multiple
150' towers involved.
Yes, a PE covering your butt is not a bad idea.
Yes, a PE stamp can be a large portion of a Towertalkian tower budget.
Yes, if it's required, I'll pay it. If not, no way.
Chad Kurszewski, WE9V e-mail: Chad_Kurszewski@csg.mot.com
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