[TowerTalk] [Force 12 Talk] Antennas and power lines don't mix

Bill Parry bparry at rgv.rr.com
Fri Jul 11 12:43:08 EDT 2008

This reminds me of a good friend of mine in high school. A group of four of
us got out tickets at the same time. One of the four lived on a second floor
apartment above the family garage. One day he was working on his tribander
and one of the elements hit the power lines. I won't go into the details but
he was killed. It was a tragedy. He would have been the valedictorian of our
high school class of 1962. It was a terrible blow to his family and his to
dad, a M.D. who never really recovered. The family donated his radio
equipment for a radio club at the school in his honor.

If you have kids that work on antennas you might want to remind them of the
hazards. No matter how smart teenagers are, sometimes they don't think.

Bill, W5VX

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] [Force 12 Talk] Antennas and power lines don't mix

Why in the world would one put up an antenna/tower that close to a  power
line. (Hello, Darwin .....).

73, Dick, W1KSZ
Good point.  However, one needs to consider this in a broader  sense.  Many 
amateur radio towers are installed close enough so if they  fell over, they 
could strike power lines.  Likewise, wire antennas strung  from them become
and blow around eventually landing on multi-KV  lines
Anytime we had a big blow come through,  before operating I always to  a
outside to see if any of the wire antennas happened to be in close
to the  power lines.

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