Out here we just shoot the birds. And flip the bird to the bird lovers!
Shot guns aren't good for antennas though so I'd steer clear of that option.
A .22 with shorts works nicely if you're a better shot than Richard AND live
in the country like I do :-).
It seems that anything that moves will help keep the birds etc. away. I
wonder what a plastic or wood spinner of some kind at the top would do?
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Zalewski" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 8:29 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Birds on Antennas
> Have you ever heard the term "Bird Brain"? These critters do not have
> the ability genetically to remember or pass on to their buddies that
> the guy on the ground is trying to hurt them with BBs or peach pits.
> I lived for a long time in XE on the beach. Osprey and other large
> birds would openly defy my attempts to rid them from my territory. If
> I was away for a week I could come home to find the start of a nest in
> a tower section or on a side arm. The only solution was to climb up
> there and evict the would be squatters.
> One time I used a .22 rifle to shoot a large creature perched on an
> element. It scared him temporarily so I thought I had the solution.
> A year or so later in doing some antenna maintenance I found a nice
> bullet hole in the element. But the bird was gone temporarily.
> I did the clicking of the rotator bit and that was effective. I hired
> a Mexican kid to be at the station and click the rotator once every
> ten minutes but after a while I went broke and the kid left and the
> birds came back.
> I wanted to try one of those owls. Driving down the beach one day I
> saw one of those plastic creatures on someone's house and perched on
> top of it was a large osprey. Ditched that idea.
> I did find a device that was made by Coleman that did work. It was a
> high frequency chirper. Fully adjustable from Deer to Doormouse. It
> worked. I don't use it here in Lake Havasu as nothing flys here in
> the summer due to the heat.
> Good luck and good hunting
> On 7/25/06, kd4e <email@example.com> wrote:
>> > Rock salt crystals would only be a very short range propostion
>> > anyway. They are irregular, not round. Hence, they would fly off in
>> > an uncontrolled direction, once leaving the muzzle. Round shot has
>> > some ballistic coefficient. Irregular crystals have zero or negative.
>> > Bad, bad idea.
>> > I have decent sucess just clanking the rotator selenoid. If that does
>> > not work, an EMPTY BB gun fired in the direction of the offender,
>> > seems to work also.
>> > INK N4OO
>> Why not use the same sling shot one uses to hoist
>> wire antennas over trees?
>> I would use some large chunks of dog food, perhaps
>> pre-frozen or something similar from a bird food
>> supply. Not only would it make the birds uncomfortable
>> due to the flying objects whizzing by their beaks,
>> they might choose to chase them to eat them.
>> The frozen food is biodegradable so it doesn't harm
>> your lawnmower and the bird lovers cannot complain --
>> you are merely feeding the birds! ;-)
>> And yes, peach pits are also biodegradable, but I
>> would guess that no-one would believe that you did
>> not intend to harm the birds!
>> These human-interactive methods are much less
>> convenient than stringing fishline and the like.
>> BTW: Do they react to high levels of RF on the
>> antenna? Intermittent RF beacons are legal.
>> Thanks! & 73, doc kd4e
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> Tnx es 73
> Dick W7ZR
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