I wonder how many bird's lives are saved by towers. It gives them a nice
place to perch high above their ground predators such as cats and also away
from ground pesticides. If a bird makes a nest on a tower, it is less
likely to be destroyed by raccoons, snakes, and squirrels then if it were in
a tree, since those animals have difficulty climbing towers.
Subject: [TowerTalk] Potential New FCC Tower Construction Threat
From: "Eric Hilding" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 09:00:12 -0800
As if BPL and CC&R's aren't bad enough, it appears we may have a new
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
in Washington. It appears to pertain to commercial tower installations,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
a remote possibility that future tower constructions might all require
Environmental Assessments if the FCC adopts policy changes requested by the
Fish & Wildlife Service could be bad news for us. In abundance of caution,
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
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.
the slender "Farallon Special" (Super-charged mobile screwdriver antenna
extension shafts & whips) was allowed up during the night and installation
restricted to the adjacent shaddow area of the tiny Carpenter Shop we
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
bird collision situtations myself, nor heard of any occuring with any other
operator I've spoken with on this subject.
Many City and County Building/Planning Departments have already been known
cause grief to ham operators seeking permits. The last thing any of us need
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
Senator/Congressperson folks as well.
FYI & 73.
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