Eric, there truly are no NEW topics on towertalk. This one was worked to death
2-3 years ago. IIRC, there were several studies cited that fairly well refuted
this. With yahoo's new search capability, a quick run on bird and collision
should get you those references.
73, Pete N4ZR
t 12:00 PM 12/10/2006, Eric Hilding wrote:
>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.
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