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Re: [TowerTalk] 2 HAMS died in Kansas City

To: "'Blake Bowers'" <>, "'Michael Baker'" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 2 HAMS died in Kansas City
From: "AD5VJ Bob" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 00:25:23 -0500
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I just moved from an older house with exactly what you described.

I examined the lines coming to the house visually with binoculars upon move in.

At which point I called 911 and told them there was a fire hazard and an 
electrical hazard in my backyard. Described to them what I
had seen and within mins the fire department was on the scene, along with the 
police and the electric company who owned the lines.

The Fire Department pretty much directed the show and Bucket trucks were in the 
air within 10 mins of arrival, you see a tree limb
had begun rubbing on the wires and the wire had begun cutting into it. You 
could see where the tree was starting to loose it's bark.

About a week later because of the condition of the line itself, it was totally 
replaced with a new drop and a new insulator at the
corner of the house since that one had been there from the beginning of time. 

No my electric bill did not go up and I did not have any unexplained outages 
afterwards Hi Hi

I was also told that these drops are supposed to be examined often and that 
someone had dropped the ball and the situation would be
taken care of, thanked for my forwardness by the Fire Department and the 
Policeman gave me his card saying if there was anything
else he could do to please call him.

I was glad I called and will do it again if need arises.
The line could have broke into completely if a Texas Thunderstorm had arisen in 
the next week or so, which is not unusual  ' round
these here parts'.

I write this to tell you if you have called the electric company alone and they 
are hesitant or just 'gutter trash ignorant', once
the fire department is informed and it is on official record, they WILL LISTEN 

My wife said at the time that if I called the electric company they probably 
would not listen to me or it would take months for them
to do anything based on her experience with their lack of co-operation on other 

I didn't know if my electric company was or not, I just didn't want to hassle 
with it, so I cut to the chase.

Bob AD5VJ 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
> [] On Behalf Of Blake Bowers
> Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 10:03 PM
> To: Michael Baker
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 2 HAMS died in Kansas City
> Most HAMS do live near 7.6 lines - they are the distribution 
> lines feeding the pole pigs.  Some are often even a higher power.
> Don't take your organs to heaven,
> heaven knows we need them down here!
> Be an organ donor, sign your donor card today.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Baker" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 9:42 PM
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 2 HAMS died in Kansas City
> > Hi gang,
> >
> > I just got through reading about this tragedy and a couple of
> > thoughts crossed my mind.  I share them will all of you and 
> please, don't
> > shoot the messenger here. I am not pointing any fingers; 
> that would be a 
> > bit
> > moot at this point.
> >
> > First thought.
> > Why would any Ham live that close to a 7.6KV line?  Power line
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