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Re: [TowerTalk] tower restrictions

To: "Scott McClements" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] tower restrictions
From: "WA3GIN" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 18:24:08 -0400
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Yes, that was attempted here in my county but several of the hams that 
worked for the county stopped that notion cold and hams can now built towers 
up to 50ft w/o interference from codes...they can go taller but have to 
submit to the permit process...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott McClements" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 2:34 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] tower restrictions

> On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 2:12 PM, Kelly Johnson <> 
> wrote:
>> Some cities will try to
>> regulate amateur radio towers under the same ordinance that covers
>> cell towers.  That's not a good thing for hams.  Most cell tower
>> ordinances require special use permits, public hearings, excessive
>> screening requirements, and often limit you to a "monopole" design.
> In my case my city has verbage that ham towers are exempt from the
> height limits and setbacks laws. It differentiates between a cell
> tower and ham tower. That's good. What is not good is that building a
> ham tower in my town goes against the same specs as the cell phone
> towers. In my case TIA222 Rev F.  At that speed my HDX572 tower is
> only allowed to carry 10sq/ft of windload. With TIA222 Rev G, my
> HDX572 won't even carry its own weight. I am all for thought/planning
> and safety, but I think we are getting to the point where most hams
> will no longer be able to afford a tower that meets the building
> requirements.  Not a problem for a cell phone company who is putting
> up a tower to pull in revenue. Furthermore, if we had the weather
> conditions specified in TIA222 Rev G, does it matter that I would come
> home after a weather event and find my tower standing and all trees
> and my house leveled?
> -Scott, WU2X
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