When I erected my E Z Way 50 ft crankup back in 1987, I had 2 friends
helping me. When we finished casting the concrete, we each wrote
(carved) our name and the date in the wet concrete. In hindsight, that
was probably a sensible to do...not as good as the "child" picture, but
better than nothing.Hmmm?
George Irish (VP2MZ/W2)
Fred Hopengarten wrote:
> Within the past month I had an experience which could benefit readers of
> this reflector. It was not the first time I've been involved in such a
> circumstance. As a result of those occurrences, I urge each reader to
> take a very easy step.
> A ham repaired a damaged antenna support structure. A new neighbor,
> seeing the repair crew, thought a new structure was being erected,
> without a building permit, and complained to the Building Inspector.
> The Building Inspector, also relatively new, and understanding that the
> town bylaws with respect to amateur radio antennas had changed within the
> past few years, asked the ham to prove that the structure was a "prior
> existing use."
> Fortunately we had some town records to show the issuance of a building
> permit many years ago. But the Building Inspector wanted to know when the
> structure was erected, not just when the building permit was issued.
> So, dear reader, I urge you to go outside tomorrow with a child (borrow
> one if necessary) and take a photo showing the antenna system and the
> child. A doubter might argue that you put a fraudulent date on a photo,
> but it would certainly be difficult to argue with photos showing the same
> human being in the photo when s/he was 5 years old and now that s/he is
> Fred Hopengarten K1VR
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