[RFI] One Voice Can Make a Difference!
wa6fgi at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 9 17:22:14 EST 2015
As the Brits say: "Good job, well done".
On 12/9/2015 12:32 AM, Roger (K8RI) wrote:
> I posted a similar note to Tower Talk. Please do not cross post any
> A while back I found that our township was rewriting their zoning. I
> found that they planned on addressing towers as a single group and
> that they were also addressing tower heights along the approach paths
> to the local airport (KIKW) which has at present "I believe" 5 or 6
> instrument approaches.
> I called the head of the zoning board and mentioned that the FAA
> already had addressed the approach and structure heights. There was
> also the approach to towers, grouping amateur with commercial towers.
> That ours is a volunteer service that during emergencies works with
> the EOC. Their approach would put the cost of towers out of reach for
> most hams.
> The next day, the person in charge of that part of the rewrite called
> me. We had a nice talk for a good half hour or so. In the end amateur
> installations were removed from the zoning regulations entirely as
> were the references to the airport.
> This was pertaining to antennas, but there have been many instances of
> regulations placing interference problems on the shoulders of hams,
> but a "so what" attitude when it's the ham being interfered with.
> It matters not what party is in power, but ham radio often become the
> political orphan, that gets the blame. We have the ARRL and their
> years of experience behind us, but even with the law on our side,
> prevailing over opinion, be it local or a wider area can be extremely
> costly with the opposition depending on the ham not being able to
> afford to fight the battle. They also depend on the thought of the
> hostile neighbors it'd cause. If it's reached this stage it's
> doubtful if you are on their Christmas card list anyway. We need to
> provide well thought out information provided in a helpful manner to
> try for a friendly resolution..
> My point is that I was the only person who called with information
> pertaining to amateur radio. Had I (one person) not called, there
> would have been some heavy restrictions on ham towers.
> Roger (K8RI)
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