Ouch! You're to be commended for your honest confession (and I feel your
pain)! If it was me telling the story publicly I think I'd have bootlegged
some non-existent call.
We all have "oh sheisse" stories. No, I can't think of one for your right
now, it'd have to be around a campfire.
My QTH is on unincorporated county land. The county has minimal (but some)
requirements. The current tower was put up in '99. I researched, studied,
and complied with everything I could possibly find (state & local
requirements, manufacturer specs, NEC, grounding standards, concrete/rebar
standards, you name it)...AS FAR AS I KNOW. So far the tower is still here
and doing well, but I always have these nagging "..what if..." thoughts!
Hope your latest tower design is legal and sturdy!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dale M. Schwartz" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, January 07, 2011 1:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Problems
> Unfortunately, I can top most of these horror stories. For 25 years I've
> been a volunteer lawyer for the ARRL and am supposed to be knowledgeable
> about towers and zoning stuff. We have helped numerous hams with tower
> legal problems. After being off the air for 8 years, I finally bought a
> 55' motorized, tilt-over tower from a ham who was moving to a condo in
> Florida. I had my guys dig a 5' deep hole, installed the mounting bolts,
> rebar cage, and filled it full of 48 bags of concrete which we had to mix
> ourselves in a rented concrete mixer. Started the concrete at 4 pm. At
> 8:30 pm we ran out of sacks of concrete mix and the hole was only 1/2
> full! We rushed to the store and got there just as Home Depot was
> closing. Had to beg them to sell us 45 more bags of the stuff. Got it just
> in time. We didn't finish pouring the concrete until 1 a.m.
> Three weeks later (I had been out of town) we erected the tower. Then my
> next door neighbor pointed out to me that I had violated the side-line
> restrictions on erecting towers, and if the tower ever fell over, it would
> hit his house. He was absolutely correct. Rather than fight him and city
> hall, we dug a new hole and started all over further back in the yard.
> Now all is well. But of all people, I should have known better!
> Abraham Lincoln said: "He who represents himself in legal matters has a
> fool for a client." He was so right <g>.
> Dale K4ROZ
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