So THAT'S the answer!!
I was wondering what caused all the dead birds around here.
I looked their carcasses over closely to see what I could see and there was
no evidence of high speed impact damage in their beak area or any other
damage normally associated with flight.
The next day there were a few more mysterious casualties and I noticed a
small scrap of paper clutched in the claw of the largest of one of the
Upon retrieval and examination under a magnifying glass, I read what
appeared to be a newsletter mentioning something about bird mid-airs with
towers and antennas.
Apparently, the head of this clan had somehow been subscribed to this
newsletter and had been reading it aloud to the rest of the gang when the
The only thing I can think of that caused their deaths was when they laughed
so much as to lose their grip on the KT34-XA and got into a non-recoverable
inverted flat spin and crashed to the ground.
I walked away scratching my head wondering how this could have happened as I
don't own a tower anymore and the KT34-XA is a corroded, pile of junk laying
on the ground.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Eric Hilding
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2006 11:00 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Potential New FCC Tower Construction Threat
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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