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Re: [TowerTalk] Are my tower dreams in the toilet?

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Are my tower dreams in the toilet?
From: "Dave Harmon" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2008 18:43:52 -0500
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Believe me.....the airport considerations are the LEAST of your potential
and likely problems with a tower of any kind if you are in a sub-division or
'village' or 'township'.
Any location where you must sign your rights away will probably make it
impossible to do any HF operating of any quality.
You can go to the FAA website and check the requirements re towers and what
you may need to do if you are within a certain distance....they have a
formula you can use to determine the allowable height depending on how far
you are from the airport.


Dave Harmon
Sperry, Ok.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Leif Ericksen
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2008 5:47 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Are my tower dreams in the toilet?

As I am researching trying to get a tower up on my property I have found
that the Lake in the Hills, IL airport is expanding (argh).  I am not
sure if they are planning on adding runways or not.

I know the present runway is about 3800 feet, and I am about 1.41 miles
from the closet corner of the runway to my house (Google earth helped on
that) and WORST case if they build a new runway and do not take down any
homes I could be 0.80 miles from the closest corner but that would but
that would put the runway roughly touching residential street.

I guessing that because of the airport proximity (<5 miles) I would have
FAA notification to deal with.  Now would that mean that if I get a
crank-up I would need notification every time I decide to lower and
raise it?  

Maybe it is time to move and find a ham that is leaving and does not
want their antenna farm turned into something stupid like a bunch of new
homes.  ;)

If I am out of luck because of the proximity of the airport how to I
convince the XYL that the house is defective because I can not have a
tower?  She loves the house and the neighborhood.  SO that might mean
that I would have to go with a roof top tower and the possibility of
tuning my gutters, and then deal with the RF exposure issues associated
with that.

How about that book "Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur" does it help
with airport proximity issues?

Leif Ericksen


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