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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Researching a tower.
From: "Charles Mills" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 07:13:50 -0400
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    Under PRB-1 the cannot impose a height restriction.  Also, even if you
work within the requirements of the township you would be suprised at how
much grief your neighbors can still cause you.  I'm still mired in a fight
to keep my tower even though I will probably win since PRB-1 does not permit
an absolute prohibition but only that the township makes reasonable
accomodations.  You might also want tolook at the Aluma towers with the MP-2
mounting posts.  That is what I did for my install.


On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 12:35 AM, Leif Ericksen <>

> I am researching a tower and if I have it my way I will be able to put
> one up within the next 2 years unless something really inexpensive comes
> up in the mean time.  The XYL does not want me climbing the beast so
> that makes me have to consider a crank up.  At present I am thinking of
> the US-Towers HDX555.  I am trying to fit wants/needs and village
> requirements all together so I do not have to pull a PRB-1 act.
> Highlights.
> Antennas with surface areas exceeding 10 square
> feet: antennas and antenna support structures
> having a combined surface area greater than 10
> square feet or having any single dimension
> exceeding 12 feet shall be permitted as an
> accessory use if and only if they comply with the
> following regulations:
> A.Height Limit for Detached Antennas: No
> combination of such antenna and antenna
> support structure shall, if ground mounted,
> exceed 65 feet in height.
> The antenna and its
> support structure shall be designed to
> withstand a wind force of 80 miles per hour
> without the use of supporting guy wires.
> Setback from Adjacent Buildings: No antenna or
> its support structure shall be located in any
> required side yard or nearer than one-half of the
> height of the antenna and support structure to
> any habitable building on any adjacent property.
> With this I am not sure if I can guy the tower. as well I have utility
> right-of-ways in my backyard taking 1 feet into my yard from the
> property line that might make it hard to sink anchors for the guy wires
> anyway.  On top of that I still have kids so maybe a free standing is my
> best option.  taking a 65 structure I would have to be no less than 32
> from base to any fence line.
> >From what I have read so far:
>        - crank-ups require maintenance and replacement of the cable.
>        - I might want a fold over
>        - best NOT to climb a crank up unless it is fully collapsed
>        - I might have to bring it down in stormy weather (Illinois,
>          McHenry County)
> I am new to towers so I will hang out on this list and read the archives
> any other suggestions of where to look for information so that I can be
> best prepared when I have the money?  I would also like to know if it is
> a good idea to hire a contractor or get a bunch of Ham buddies that have
> installed towers to come do the job.  Incidentally I also have a walk
> out basement so it is going to be hard to get the concrete and the tower
> to the back yard.
> Thanks.
> --
> 73 DR N9SRW
> Leif Ericksen
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