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[TowerTalk] Potential New FCC Tower Construction Threat

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Potential New FCC Tower Construction Threat
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Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 13:55:52 -0500
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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.

John KK9A

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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 
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.

Rick, K6VVA


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