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[TowerTalk] Potential New FCC Tower Construction Threat

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Potential New FCC Tower Construction Threat
From: "Eric Hilding" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 09:00:12 -0800
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As if BPL and CC&R's aren't bad enough, it appears we may have a new potential 
tower construction threat issue to deal with in the future.

I'm passing along some info that I just read in a newsletter from my Attorney 
in Washington.  It appears to pertain to commercial tower installations, but 
you know the drill...give the environmentalists an inch and they'll take a 
mile. Most Enviro-Nazis do NOT distinguish between amateur & commercial 
towers...they hate 'em all.  Hopefully the ARRL is on top of this, because even 
a remote possibility that future tower constructions might all require costly 
Environmental Assessments if the FCC adopts policy changes requested by the US 
Fish & Wildlife Service could be bad news for us.  In abundance of caution, we 
might want to all file Comments on behalf of Amateur Radio in the Proposed 
Rulemaking in Docket 03-187 before the January 22 deadline.

The USFWS is estimating between 4 and 50 million bird collisions with 
communications towers each year.  This was a MAJOR issue for Mike, K9AJ and 
myself in negotiating our IOTA NA-178 trip with USFWS last Spring.  We had to 
take down our small Sigma 5 vertical dipole on the Island at sunset due to 
concerns over bird collisions with the teenie weenie horizontal T-bars.  Only 
the slender "Farallon Special" (Super-charged mobile screwdriver antenna with 
extension shafts & whips) was allowed up during the night and installation was 
restricted to the adjacent shaddow area of the tiny Carpenter Shop we operated 
from on the Island.  We could have no "horizontal" antenna components of any 
size in the air at night & no guy wires.  And you think you have CC&R 

In January I will have been a licensed ham for 50 years.  I have never had any 
bird collision situtations myself, nor heard of any occuring with any other ham 
operator I've spoken with on this subject.

Many City and County Building/Planning Departments have already been known to 
cause grief to ham operators seeking permits.  The last thing any of us need is 
to see a costly environmental assessment requirement added to the 
mix...anywhere in the U.S.

IMHO, we need to formally distance ourselves from commercial tower 
installations in this Proposed Rulemaking.  It might be prudent to contact your 
Senator/Congressperson folks as well.

FYI & 73.

Rick, K6VVA

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