I still have a LOT of work to do on my web page, updating
descriptions etc, but here you go...
At 09:40 AM 3/10/2008, Dino Darling wrote:
>(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 and a total of 24 guy wires with 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
>I will be updating my website with more "KFI Tower Construction
>News" and pictures later today.
>73 and God Bless Tall Steel!
>Dino - K6RIX
Dino - K6RIX
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