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[TowerTalk] KFI Tower Construction Begins!

Subject: [TowerTalk] KFI Tower Construction Begins!
From: Dino Darling <>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 09:40:34 -0700
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(Please share with your clubs)

It has been almost 3 years and 3 months since the powerhouse KFI 
tower in Southern CA was destroyed by a small aircraft.  The cause of 
the accident was sun glare and an incorrect setting of the on-board 
altimeter.  After much consideration and re-consideration by the FAA, 
public hearings with the City of La Mirada, and public outcry by 
local pilots from the City of Fullerton and the Fullerton Airport; 
the project has been approved, the permits have been signed, and 
construction begins!

Since the accident, KFI has had to endure a power reduction of more 
than 50% into a short top loaded back up tower which has 
significantly reduced their signal coverage into areas outside of the 
LA basin.  If not for the foresight of former Chief Engineer Marvin 
Collins, who had the tower top loaded and a new matching network 
installed, the back-up tower would have reduced their capabilities 
even more, to approximately 10KW max!

"Steel" (industry slang for the tower sections) should be delivered 
beginning this week with the "stacking" to begin by the end of the 
week...hopefully!  Today starts the site evaluations and preparation 
work.  The new tower will be about 75' shorter than the original 750' 
mark. Coming in around 684', the new tower will incorporate a 50' 
diameter capacity hat at the top and a total of 24 guy wires and 
torque arms at the top.  It will also be lighted with daytime strobes 
and nighttime red flashing beacons.  The strobes will address the 
pilots major concern of being able to see the tower during daylight hours.

KFI is as excited about the new project as some of us may be.  My 
inside source encourages us to come out and have a look, but asks we 
remain outside of the construction area and not interfere with the 
construction crews.

I will be updating my website with more "KFI Tower Construction News" 
and pictures later today.

73 and God Bless Tall Steel!

Dino - K6RIX 

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