"K8RI on Tower Talk" <email@example.com> wrote:
>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
>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
>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
>Roger Halstead (K8RI, EN73 & ARRL Life Member)
>N833R, World's Oldest Debonair (S# CD-2)
>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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