On Thu, 14 Aug 2003 09:07:33 -0500, "srefurd" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>I believe the standard is "free to practice my rights up to the point that
>they infringe on the rights of others" Now I have probably misquoted that
>but the idea is the same. How is having a tower on someone's property
Believe me, I am the last one to want restrictions on towers, but I
think we need to be aware of the neighbor's point of view too. There
are hams who have the attitude "It's my property and I'll do as I
please and to hell with everyone else". That doesn't wash in modern
day America and will cause problems for all of us if it continues.
>Oh, they have the right to have a pretty neighborhood you say. I should
>give up my hard earned hobby/right to be in amateur radio simply because
>someone wants me to?
Nobody is forcing you to give up amateur radio and if you phrase it in
those terms, your local zoning board may turn a deaf ear. They know
that communication is possible with a 35 foot tower, so don't try to
tell them that will put you out of the hobby or you will lose
credibility. Instead, try to convince them why you need a 100-footer.
>I don't think people should be allowed to drive SUVs, They guzzle gas, block
>my view of the road, and generally kill the other people involved in the
>wrecks they get in. So should I take your truck or SUV away from you/outlaw
Would the world be a better place without SUVs? If and when the
majority says yes, it's goodbye SUVs. It's called majority rule, the
basic element of democracy.
>There are some people that object simply to be objecting.
True. Hopefully zoning boards are aware of such people.
>Now true the shot provided of the antennas were by no means comprehensive,
>but they probably did a good job of showing the situation. In a nutshell I
>don't think the installation was out of line.
Neither do I, but then, I'm a ham. :-)
>Kinda reminds me of a college
>firing range that has been here for 20+ years neighbors moved in and tried
>to get it shut down because of the shooting at night. They knew the range
>was there before they moved in.
Some things are "grandfathered", some are not. Airports have the same
problem. Again, the majority rules.
>Just to throw something else on the fire, wouldn't
>persons tower installation be infringing on their right to self expression.
>(barring LEGITIMATE safety concerns)
No. As mentioned before, communication is readily possible with a
35-footer. A good operator with such an antenna could probably
achieve DXCC in a month. Am I ADVOCATING 35-footers? Of course not.
Just stating the obvious.
>Oh yeah I was just making a point with the stuff about SUVs and trucks.
73, Bill W7TI