[RFI] One Voice Can Make a Difference!
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".
> 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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