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Re: [TowerTalk] 2 HAMS died in Kansas City - Common Sense

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 2 HAMS died in Kansas City - Common Sense
From: "AD5VJ Bob" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:12:26 -0500
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I would like to say something here, and that is, sometimes it is common sense.
But *most* problems can be avoided by using common sense.

Although my call sign would indicate I am 'new' to this
 (along with my basic questions about towers :0)

But, I have been relicensed and was first licensed in 1965 and been around 
electrical and electronics for quite some time as a
professional. I have slowed down projects and refused to work at all on others, 
in order for the project to be safer, made engineers
mad because they were going to loose deadlines.

But I am able to write this today because I REFUSED to be the 'dead' line.

There are times when even the pros get too close, one thing everyday people and 
some Hams many times dont realize is power lines do
not necessarily have to be touched to be dangerous. 

In my work in the 80's, as a Senior Instrument Technician, I have seen UP CLOSE 
AND PERSONAL ---  the energy from High Voltage Lines
JUMP accross air A FEW FEET to get to it's lowest potential (thankfully not 
through me)

But I saw it myself and I can tell you it was close enough, to make a believer 
out of me in a BIG BIG WAY AND REAAL QUICK. I dont
think I stopped shaking for at least 30 mins or more.

I agree people need to be careful at all times not only with towers but with 
ANY antenna when it comes to getting close to any
electrical circuit, especially High Voltage Lines.

 I especially agree with the last statement in the ARRL message:

"Stop and look. If it is close or seems that way -- don't. Find another place. 
High voltage lines are not forgiving. Your life
depends on it. Please follow the warnings. Anywhere close is too close." -- "

I am saddened by the news of these two brothers and my prayers are with their 
families, especially the 7 year old who saw it happen.

May the Lord be with them all.


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> Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 4:16 PM
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> Subject: [TowerTalk] 2 HAMS died in Kansas City - Common Sense
> Yes!  It is common sense!  
> But young people often don't use common sense.  And sometimes 
> us older folks... for one reason or the other... don't either!
> 73,
> Dick- K9OM
> In a message dated 7/14/2008 4:08:36 P.M. Central Daylight 
> Time, KI9A  writes:
> Put stuff like that on an FCC exam???????   
> I dunno, call me old fashioned, but, isn't this stuff COMMON SENSE?
> 73- Chuck KI9A
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