oops, I forgot this wasn't on yahoo. contesting.com's search capability is
even better, tho.
At 12:21 PM 12/10/2006, Pete Smith wrote:
>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 problems???
>>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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