Actually the media types were totally biased against the ham... they only
interviewed negative comments and took a very hostile view of the antenna...
They took close ups of wires to highlight the ugliness of the antenna....
In an attempt at balance they did finally concede at the end that the
SteppIR played a role in saving lives and property during recent natural
If I were doing the same story... I would start with pictures of natural
disasters, then show hams saving lives, then show the antenna that saved
lives.. and finally show the Nasty Neighbors and their selfish self centered
views complaining about how the antenna should not be there even though it
saved lives... now that is a Balanced Story....
Heck: When my neighbors found out that my MonstIR was involved in saving
lives during Katrina... They complained to the city that I had violated my
building permit since I had originally stated that it was being used for
emergency communications.. and by being involved in saving lives outside of
La Jolla, CA, I was exceeding my permit....and should have to remove the
Nothing is going to satisfy Nasty Neighbors... Just be thankful if you
have nice ones....
Howard S. White Ph.D. P. Eng., VE3GFW/K6 ex-AE6SM KY6LA
"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"
"Ham Antennas Save Lives - Katrina, 2003 San Diego Fires, 911"
----- Original Message -----
From: "WA3GIN @ Arlington County, VA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2006 7:02 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] [SCCC] SteppIr's are BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Actually, I thought the persons interviewed were pretty mild mannered
about it. I suppose it would be less of a problem if there were 100ft
oak trees lining the streets but because the development was almost
desert like with regard to greenery the "beautiful" antenna did
stick-out a bit. Still, I thought it looked great but I'm biased.
I also thought the spokes person was pretty fair minded about it. All
and all the media coverage was even handed. I felt sorry for the ham
radio operator who had no trees to tie dipole wires to and such, haha
Jeff Stai wrote:
>At 10:14 PM 5/10/2006, Michael Tope wrote:
>>I think people who have nothing better to do than to stand
>>around their yards and grouse about their neighbor's ham
>>antenna are a nuisance. If they want to do that, they should
>>move to the country where nobody else will have to listen to
>please no - then they'll complain about the cows! (trust me, they will!) -
73 - j
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