This topic is incredibly complex. It was clearly
misunderstood by the technologically ignorant reporter.
Is it possible that a TV broadcast station, or a
microwave relay station might emit enough energy that
it would partially cook/kill a bird? Yes.
Do those field intensities exist in cell sites,
general communications, or amateur antenna systems?
With the exception of a very small handfull of EME
advocates, the answer is no.
Without a doubt, "communications towers" didn't
kill any birds. It was the flux density of the
transmitters...and therefore possibly microwave energy,
or something close to it.
On the other hand, in 8 years in Vermont, the sliding
glass doors of my house killed a dozen goldfinch, several
assorted junkos and chickadees, and 4 ruffed grouse.
The latter were excellent, with a bit of rosemary and
butter. 30 mins per lb. @ 325.
AND, I probably saved another dozen of each, who were
merely stunned by flying into the doors.
In 10 years in the broadcast industry, I never saw a single
bird die due to collission with a tower. On the other hand,
in 7 years as a journalist, I saw stories proven wrong on a
weekly basis. Question is, what could one do to set the record
Jim Jarvis, n2ea
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