|To:||email@example.com,"C. Dwight Baker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,<email@example.com>|
|Subject:||RE: [TowerTalk] RE: TowerTalk Digest, Vol 25, Issue 12|
|From:||Jim Lux <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Wed, 05 Jan 2005 15:30:49 -0800|
At 01:15 PM 1/5/2005, D. Scott MacKenzie wrote:
If you look at Kevin's page, it appears that One Man Towers USA has absolutely no relation to VK4VD - and that they ripped off his design. If that is true, then I do not blame Kevin for not supplying engineering drawings, taking on liability for something that he had no control over - especially in the litigious USA.
That depends a lot on the state. In some states, any PE can sign any plans that they feel competent to evaluate. In others, there's restrictions. For instance, in California, a CivE can sign off on electrical plans, but an EE can't sign off on Civil Plans. It's a historical artifact... Civils have been licensed almost since the Gold Rush days, EEs came along much later, and by that time, the CivEs had a lot more clout and had actually been doing the EE work anyway.
There's also this sort of strange distinction between "practice act" and "title act" engineers in California. One requires licensing to do the work (practice engineering) and the other requires licensing to use the title (calling yourself a petroleum engineer, for instance).
There are efforts to try and regularize things, to make all states consistent, etc. However, there's a lot of politics involved, it really affects a fairly small number of people, so there's no real lobby trying to drive any changes through. If you're a glutton for punishment, you can read recommendations of the CA Board at
Somehow, I doubt that this is a burning issue for the Legislature.
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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