[TowerTalk] Towers/Antennas Near 138kV Transmission Lines

Tom Osborne w7why at verizon.net
Mon Aug 14 21:16:25 EDT 2006

Hi Larry

I wouldn't get within 10 miles of those wires :-)

I had a friend here, W7IVX, who had a big station on top of the hill.  To 
the north about a mile were some high tension wires and they always gave him 
fits whenever he beamed that way.

You might check them out with some sort of AM radio and not hear any noise, 
but when it rains, or if the insulators dry out, things can change in a 
hurry.  73
'Tom W7WHY

> In my search for property on which to build a new home we have come across
> several lots that are in proximity to 138kV overhead distribution systems.
> One lot, in particular, is within 150 ft of such lines (there's a lot
> between the one we are looking at and the lines). Obviously, I would not
> construct a tower/antenna system in such a manner as to come in contact 
> with
> these lines. What is the collective experience of the group. anything in
> particular to consider or would you steer away from such property 
> entirely?
> I plan to operate everything from 160-2m with primary interest being DX.
>>From an RFI standpoint I have heard that such lines can actually be 
> than residential distribution. True?
> Larry Burke
> Friendswood, Texas
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