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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: "Chet Moore" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2008 20:14:15 -0400
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I haven't l;ookd at the reg for years.  When i moved here, they read that
ham towers could go up 1 foot for every 50 feet  of distance from the
runway.  In my case 50 feet the same height as any
existing structure/tree telephone pole between my home and the runway.  In
my case 2 seventy foot pine trees.  I went to 70 feet. After being here 10 
years, the small
airport was purchased by a developer and they bulldozed the airport and 
several hundred single family homes.  My tower is now 90 feet because its a
guyed tower and I can't go out any further and still keep the guys on my
property.  I did have to note on my station license that my tower was within
a mile of an airport

Good luck with your tower.


Chet N4FX

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Leif Ericksen" <>
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Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2008 6:47 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?
> --
> 73 DE N9SRW
> Leif Ericksen
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