|To:||Todd Coulter <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] RF exposure and my neighbor|
|From:||Tom Anderson <WW5L@gte.net>|
|Date:||Mon, 28 Jun 2004 23:36:26 -0500|
Years ago there was a ham a couple blocks from my old QTH in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that had some irate neighbors who didn't like his tower. They started complaining to the city and any one who would listen. Neighbors alleged that the "interference" the ham was creating was interfering with their cordless phones, garage door openers, sex life of their Sea Monkeys, etc. and almost anything you could imagine to inflame their neighborhood. I was in this ham's home several times and the only problem with the neighbors' argument was none of the coax he had running from the tower inside the house even had a PL-259 or an N-connector attached. In fact the end of the coax wasn't even prepared to attach either connector. The ham just put up the tower (a Rohn BX 40 series), but never connected any radio to it. These neighbors got things so riled up in town that they persuaded the city to enact a tower ordinance and an annual inspection.
Most of the ringleaders in this thing had cordless phones that operated on 49 mHz and in the low end of the 160 meter band. The ham just used a short 20 ft. piece of copper wire on the floor hooked up to his ICOM general coverage receiver and was able to hear all of their strategy, threats, etc. which he taped in case they actually carried out any of the threats.
But the hams did get some pleasure out of this 1. all but one ham tower inspected by a professional tower company engineer hired by the city was ruled in compliance with all building and safety codes with a couple minor problems. 2. The city's fire and police radio tower (the city also inspected all radio towers in the city not just hams) was grossly overloaded with antennas, and 3. the inspection showed that the school district's radio tower was in imminent danger of collapse.
This whole inspection thing got to be such a headache, bother and bookkeeping problem for the city that the new mayor got the council to rescind most of the ordinance a couple years later. The city did keep its 50 foot height limit because that was the highest most anyone could put up a tower because of setback requirements enacted long before the antenna fuss came about.
Also the ham and his XYL, and most of the neighbors who started the entire fuss ended up getting a divorce. (true story).
Todd Coulter wrote:
Well, Jim Idelson K1IR was right on the money. After my discussion with
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