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Subject: [TowerTalk] Cell towers and Ham Radio
From: (Dave)
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2001 04:30:58 -0500
It seems that Sprint is desperate to get tower space for their new wireless
internet offering. As long as they are willing to give you what you want,
and on an ongoing basis (upgrades, etc.), then have at it. I bet there are
some other wireless internet providers in your area that would love to have
a bit of space on your tower as well. You could net some coins and free high
speed access. 

As for the legalities involved, I haven't a clue, but I do know of many
others doing it. I don't know how they could "force" you to give up your
tower as long as it is on private property, and even if it is not, surely
there are some prior use limitations.

David W4DLB

At 01:00 AM 04/06/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>I'm forwarding this message to the reflector for any possible comments,
>referrals, insights, for our sister radio club at NASA Glenn in Ohio.
>Either comment directly back to me (preferably on this subject only:
> or to Nancy, please.
>Thanks and 73,
>dale, kg5u
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Nancy Rabel Hall []
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2001 12:19 PM
>> Subject: NASA and cell towers
>> Importance: High
>> Hey Dale,
>> Seems like Sprint wants to put a cell site here on base and
>> they are eyeing our ham tower. Our tower is about 140 feet with a
>> tribander beam on top, 2m/440 Cushcraft above that and another
>> 2m antenna about 100 feet up and off to the side of the tower.
>> Anyway, our acting spectrum manager told us (and I question his
>> knowledge on amateur radio) that Sprint is willing to take down
>> our tower, put up their cell site and will put our repeater antenna
>> and HF beam on the new tower. I also don't know if the cell tower
>> will be one of those monopoles I've been seeing or one that requires
>> guying, like the Rohn towers. We also found out that according to
>> a bill signed by Clinton, see  attached, it may be difficult to fight.
>> Our legal group is involved in this too.
>> Anyway, just wondering if you heard word from any other center that
>> has a ham club about a similar situation or will we be setting a
>> precedence here. Figured I would ask you and then see if I could use
>> that mailing list of POC from the other hams clubs and ask them
>> a similar question.
>> Also, have you heard or even seen a cell site with ham equipment
>> on them? I know of commercial sites that will let hams put their
>> repeaters on it but here in OH I don't know of cell sites and
>> ham antennas co-existing.
>> Nancy
>> kc4iyd
>> NASA Glenn ARC
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