Dave Harmon wrote:
> 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.
AND how close to being in alignment with any runway. I'm 4 point
something off the landing end of 06 here an I'm right, dead center with
the runway alignment and GPS instrument approach. Without doing the
calcs IIRC I could go 180 feet (give or take a tad)
I think the rule you are looking for is (Please verify with the FAA)
(i) For an airport with at least 1 runway that is more than 3,200
feet in length, 100 to 1 for a horizontal
distance of 20,000 feet from the nearest point of the nearest runway.
(ii) For an airport whose longest runway is 3,200 feet or less in
length, excluding heliports, 50 to 1 for a
horizontal distance of 10,000 feet from the nearest point of the nearest
(iii) For a heliport, 25 to 1 for a horizontal distance of 5,000 feet
from the nearest point of the nearest
landing and takeoff area.
However as some one else already mentioned, it also gives some leeway
with surrounding objects such as trees.
> Dave Harmon
> Sperry, Ok.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Leif Ericksen
> Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2008 5:47 PM
> To: TowerTalk@contesting.com
> 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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