I can just hear Joseph Fiennes, who played Shakespeare in "Shakespeare
in Love", saying "Asbestol ... good name!".
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Joe
Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2004 15:16
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Heath Cantenna
Seems that the EPA has decided PCBs are a danger, albeit if safely
the risk is minimized:
"How can I tell whether a piece of equipment contains PCBs?
"Check for a manufacturer's label, which may give the date of
and the trade name of the fluid. Some trade names that may refer to PCBs
include Aroclor, Askarel, Eucarel, Pyranol, Dykanol, Clorphen, Clorinol,
Chlorextol, Diaclor, Hyvol, Asbestol, Inerteen, Elemex, Saf-T-Kuhl,
No-Flanol, Nepolin, EEC-18, and others. Equipment manufactured after
usually does not contain PCBs. Most pre-1979 capacitors do contain PCBs,
while many pre-1979 transformers do not. Transformers within buildings
vaults are more likely to contain PCBs. New equipment should be labeled
PCBs." PCBs are clear, amber-colored, or dark oily liquids. They may
faint smell like motor oil, and some contain chlorobenzenes which make
smell like mothballs. Fluorescent light ballasts may contain about an
of PCBs; a utility pole capacitor or transformer may contain much more.
Usually what leaks from a burned-out light ballast is not PCBs but a
tarry material that is used to muffle noise from the capacitor. However,
is safest to assume that anything that leaks from a transformer,
or light ballast contains PCBs, unless there is a "No PCBs" label on the
Further, here's a link to a Communications Workers of America fact sheet
Seems that not only are doctors saying the "sky is falling" when it
to PCBs, but the very workers union that deals with them on a daily
At 12:52 PM 6/6/2004, AA6DX wrote:
>Mark, that's plumb silly. All the xfmrs outside my house most likely
>have that crap in them, as I live in an old house ... in an old town ..
>alongside an old transmission line .. and, I used to .. way back .. get
>my oil from the PGE .. yep, xfmr oil .. for my dummy load(s) .. I knew
>several of the line guys, and some were hams .. ain't none of us ded
>yet. Worked in broadcast engineering for years .. weeeeeeepy caps,
>weeepy chokes, weeepy xfmrs .. still alive! SMOKING is what kills
>people .. if you do that, QUIT! (Flamesuit on) And quit worrying about
>the Griefkit Cantennas .. I have three of them here. I do understand
>your query, but ... poop on the "doctors" that make their splendiferous
>living by making the populace say "the sky is falling .. the sky is
>falling" ... HIHI .. But, one must admit, those Chicky Little
>doomsayers do make a lot of taxpayer-funded bucks! THEY can afford
>Yaesu - ICOM killer rigs!
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See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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