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Re: [TowerTalk] FCC Chaurman needs to be a ham

To: "Jim Brown" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] FCC Chaurman needs to be a ham
From: "K8RI on Tower Talk" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 18:17:09 -0500
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If I'm going to install a tower, I really don't have to know anything about the engineering of a tower.
It helps, but it's not necessary.
I do have to know who does know, or how to find who knows.
I need to know where to find the information for guying and concrete, or who to ask.
It helps if I already know, but again it's not necessary.

I do need to know it's highly advisable to talk to my zoning board if my township (location) has one.
They will tell me if any zoning applys to my proposed installation.
They will tell me if I need a permit.

There are only two regulations here. "Set back" limitations for safety. Don't bother even trying to get past this one even if you have a small lot. Set back is safety and no other regulations over ride safety. The second is any thing over 80 feet requires a permit and must be properly engineered. 80 feet and under doesn't even receive a building permit. It doesn't even matter if is sets in 80 yards of concrete, here it won't get a permit. How high should I put each antenna and how far apart? I ask or look it up, but I dont have to know it. I am required to know about RF safety regulations. Even then all I have to know is how to plug in the numbers to an on-line calculator. I do not have to do the actual calculations or even any precision measurements.

Yes, it would also be in my best interests to talk with my insurrance agent as to what they'd like to see. The question often arises as to whether the tower should be attached to the house or not. In my case it's not attached and I can insure it as an additional structure for an additional charge. Most companies will insure it for 10% if attached just like any other attached structure for no additional charge. I have a small home and a big tower. I'm far better off with it as a seperate structure.

OK... In another life I worked my way up to project manager.
Again, It *helped* that I knew the work flows and my degree is in computer science, BUT I was paid to know who to get to do each phase of the projects. I was paid to know who to get to do the FDA validation. This is not the validation most engineers think of. The higher I moved up the ladder the more I was managing people and the less I used my own knowledge of the subjects. That I knew the subjects and work flows helped me evaluate what the engineers, techs, and consultants told me though. They had a much more difficult time with the old, "If you can't dazzle them with briliance, baffle them with BS" as I could tell what shown and what smelled.

IOW I was paid to know who knew each phase of the project and how to get it done. If I neede to know how some particular lab test was done I either knew who to ask, or how to find who to ask. I did very little hands on work with the projects. Managing them I had no time for the actual "people work". I had to manage the peole who knew where to get the information and those who did the work.

There is no way a manager can know every phase of an operation, unless it is a small operation, or one that produces few and similar products. Even conputer science has become such a large field we all specialize in some phase, or aspect.

The same is true in communications and in government.
Yes it would be nice to have some one as chairman who is knowledgeable and in favor of amateur radio, or one who understands the physics of how this stuff works, but as long as he, or she has no personal agenda they should be able to rely on the knowledge of others.

OTOH we should always be on the watch for some one setting the stage for their own advancement at the expense of amateur radio once they leave the position.

Roger Halstead (K8RI, EN73 & ARRL Life Member)
N833R, World's Oldest Debonair (S# CD-2)


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