[RFI] One Voice Can Make a Difference!

Robert Harmon k6uj at pacbell.net
Wed Dec 9 18:36:34 EST 2015

I agree very well done.  !!!!!!
As my teen would say "you are a rock star"   :-)


On 12/9/15 2:22 PM, Gary Smith via RFI wrote:
> As the Brits say: "Good job, well done".
> Gary...wa6fgi
> On 12/9/2015 12:32 AM, Roger (K8RI) wrote:
>> I posted a similar note to Tower Talk. Please do not cross post any 
>> answers.
>> 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.
>> 73
>> Roger (K8RI)
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