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Re: [TowerTalk] Tower project in Houston, TX.

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower project in Houston, TX.
From: Larry Melby <>
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 19:37:06 -0800 (PST)
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I won't speak to what antenna's to use but as far as the building code for the 
City of Houston, go down and ask for a copy of Houston's ordinance. You can get 
this from the City Secratary's Office or the Building Dept. DO NOT, I repeat DO 
NOT rely on word of mouth or what might be posted on the city's website. They 
will go by the offical copy of the ordinance. I found this out here in Dallas. 
They have a provision that is not posted on the website but is in the ordinance 
that when liberally applied has banned amatuer towers in many locations in 

Good Luck
73 Larry KA5TXL

From: Cliff Roberts <>
Sent: Wed, February 10, 2010 5:38:05 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower project in Houston, TX.

Hello All,

I’m in the preparation stage of installing my first tower.  I’m thinking
about a Trylon Titan tower at an undetermined height and a multi band HF
beam with a 6 meter mono band and a 2 mtr/70 cm beam at the top.  I have not
decided on the brands of the antennas as of yet.  I hope to have it and the
antennas up by early summer.  I’ve got a few questions regarding wind loads.

Where do I find out what the code is where I live, Houston, TX. Harris
County?  Also I wanted to know if there are any standard ± tolerances to use
e.g.  Tower max wind load @100 mph is 35 sq. ft. so stay 10% less never go
to 35 sq. ft. exactly.

What is the minimum height, as a rule, one should never go below?  I have
power lines running across the back of my lot and besides keeping clear of
them I was unsure of how much interaction I would see to my HF and VHF/UHF

Thanks for the elmer session…

Cliff Roberts  WB5VRC,


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