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Subject: [TowerTalk] High voltage transmission lines
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 12:20:34 +0000
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  I own a 43 acre lot in Maine and was preparing to put up a few towers.  That 
was until this spring when I was contacted by a firm putting a wind farm on 
Stetson Mountain the next county over.  The power company wanted right of way 
on my property for the 115 KV transmission lines.  Long story short, the lines 
are not going on my property but will be about 50' off the back of the property 
line.  Yes there are a few people who have had no problems operating that close 
to HV lines.  In fact the firm in charge of engineering the project had a study 
done that said I would suffer no ill effects RFI wise from the lines.  Maybe so 
under ideal conditions but as others have related, that's often not the case.  
Also once the right of way is established, they can add new lines or increase 
the one already existing.  
  Thankfully I had not started building yet so the lot is up for sale.  If 
everything were up already or it was my primary residence, I probably would 
have bit the bullet and stayed put.  I just see no reason to take a chance in 
this case.  Even if you listen for noise and the lines are clean now, there's 
no guarantee that's how they will behave long term.

Ken K4ZW     

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