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Re: [TowerTalk] 2 HAMS died in Kansas City

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 2 HAMS died in Kansas City
From: "David Calder" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 07:03:09 -0400
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We have a ham locally here in Daytona Beach that has trees rubbing the wires
and we tell everyone
they are "self pruning". He has called the electric company (who did
nothing), he call the fire
department (who did nothing). Every time he gets a high wind they rub the
lines catch on fire
and burn themselves back a little.

You got lucky compared to this guy.

73 Dave n4zkf

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of AD5VJ Bob
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 1:25 AM
To: 'Blake Bowers'; 'Michael Baker'
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 2 HAMS died in Kansas City

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

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 :0)

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 things.

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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