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Re: [TowerTalk] Power Pole

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Power Pole
From: Bob Nielsen <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 08:20:26 -0700
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On Jun 3, 2009, at 7:04 AM, Andy wrote:

>> Approximately 10% goes in the ground. So for 40 foot actual  
>> height, you
>> need a 44+ foot pole.
> There is an array not far from here of about a dozen tall wooden  
> poles,
> visible from a mile or two.  I've read that it supports a Sterba  
> array.
> Sorry I don't know the operator's call off-hand (now in his 90's).
> I've read that his poles sit on top of concrete pads and are not  
> anchored at
> the base at all.
> I'm not a pole guy, but I think many telephone poles are treated with
> chemicals that might make them "hazardous waste" now.  When I was  
> growing
> up, I remembered they sure smelled pretty bad.  :-)

Probably creosote, also used to treat wood for docks and railroad  
ties.  The EPA Superfund folks have been cleaning up the site of a  
former creosote facility a mile or so from my QTH.  They have spent  
well upwards of $100 million over the past 20 years and are still not  
finished.  Nasty stuff!

Bob, N7XY


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