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[TowerTalk] Wind and Paranoid vs. Overkill

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Wind and Paranoid vs. Overkill
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Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 10:38:58 EDT
In a message dated 9/11/01 5:06:38 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 

> Based on my experiences, I would tell anyone and everyone to make your
>  installations MUCH bigger and stronger than what your local wind zone
>  suggests.  Likewise, reinforce your antennas and double nut and double 
>  everything.

    Good advice.
>  Here in extreme SW Connecticut, I believe the wind zone suggests something
>  like 70 mph.  (I don't recall).

    Actually if you're in Fairfield county (per my old CB info), the 
windspeed rating is 85 MPH plus you've got a Note 2 condition: "County is 
within 100 miles from hurricane oceanline. Tabulated values of basic wind 
speed have been adjusted in accordance with ASCE 7-88 to obtain 50-year 
recurrence intervals".  If you hadn't have done some over-building and 
over-engineering, you might have had some real problems. 

    The county windspeed ratings can be found at  <A 
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Cheers,    Steve    K7LXC
Tower Tech
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