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[FCG] Re: [TowerTalk] Tower tipS - really long

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Subject: [FCG] Re: [TowerTalk] Tower tipS - really long
From: (Steve Katz)
Date: Mon Feb 10 16:40:42 2003
Here's one nobody said yet:

If installing a new tower in an area requiring a permit, and not having a
permit during the installation...

...find out exactly when the zoning or building code was drafted that would
require a permit for a tower.  Then, determine if the property/house
pre-dates that.  If so...

...go ahead, but when pouring the very last of the concrete, add dirt to the
mix, and do anything possible to "lighten up" the appearance of the top
surface once it cures (concrete has that "newly poured" look for a long
time, sometimes, and one dead giveaway is its dark color).  Before it fully
hardens, scribe in a date that precedes the ordinance, like "6-2-49" or

If questioned about the "new" tower, claim, "It's not new.  What do you
mean?  This tower was there for 30 years, I took it down for routine
maintenance and examination, and now it's back up."

Works, sometimes....

Doesn't work well in brand new subdivisions that years ago were horse
pastures or cherry orchards.


"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of
enthusiasm." -Winston Churchill

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim White, K4OJ []
> Sent: Monday, February 10, 2003 1:16 PM
> Cc:;;
> Subject:      Re: [FCG] Re: [TowerTalk] Tower tipS - really long
> ...oh yeah, a few more:
> Make one side of your tower run the same way as your favorite population 
> footprint - i.e. for DX Contest type guys - make one side of the tower 
> make a line towards Europe... this way you can side mount to two legs of 
> the tower and be pointing there!
> COINCIDENTLY (or is that ally) here in FL that make another side of your 
> tower just about right for Japan and midwest US
> _..._
> ALWAYS leave uninstalled rotors pointed "North"(we all know where true 
> North is by now) - when you install it in the antenna system you won't 
> be wondering where to point the antenna - "did I leave the rotor on 
> Europe or was it West"....if you always leave it pointing the same way 
> you don't have to worry about it.
> K4OJ
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