|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] Anyone not need a permit to install their tower?- No permit Required|
|From:||Tom Anderson <WW5L@gte.net>|
|Date:||Fri, 09 Jan 2004 08:39:15 -0600|
Get the city planner to put it in writing and even that doesn't ensure the city will honor it.
Before my XYL Cheryl (WY5H) and I moved in 1992 to our current QTH we lived in another city that said they didn't have any tower restrictions and I had a letter on city letterhead from the mayor that said the same thing, no restrictions. Then when some neighbors of another ham complained the didn't "like" his tower, the city staff suddenly said the city had a 35 foot height limit. Got to be a big brouhaha, etc. The neighbors were claiming all kinds of RFI, phones being messed up, garage doors opening mysteriously, the only thing was the ham didn't even have an N-connector or a PL259 on any piece of coax going to any antenna he had. I was inside his house and saw all the coax just coiled up in the living room.
At a city council meeting the mayor denied ever writing a letter to me, then when I produced a copy at the meeting before 100 or so people his memory got fuzzy and he "couldn't remember" writing it, but the letter appeared to be from him he said, as if implying someone else had written it. City finally passed a 50 foot limit, then when things cooled down they quietly passed an annual tower inspection ordinance. Hams and anybody else had to pay $50 a year for the "inspection". When the city first did their inspections an independent tower company found a problem with only one ham's tower, but it found the city's public safety radio tower next to city hall was grossly overloaded with antennas far beyond the design limits and the school district's tower was in imminent danger of collapse. A year later we got a new mayor and the inspection issue quietly died a peaceful death. Hams also reminded the city who would operate their Skywarn radios, man their EOC, etc. during severe weather. I got into an argument with the city's Fire Marshal/emergency management director who said he could operate any radio anytime he wanted license or no license. I politely advised him not to try it on amateur radio unless he received at least a tech license.
So I called my local city planners office to begin the process of
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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