[TowerTalk] tower restrictions

WA3GIN wa3gin at comcast.net
Fri Jul 18 18:24:08 EDT 2008

Yes, that was attempted here in my county but several of the hams that 
worked for the county stopped that notion cold and hams can now built towers 
up to 50ft w/o interference from codes...they can go taller but have to 
submit to the permit process...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott McClements" <kc2pih at gmail.com>
To: <TowerTalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 2:34 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] tower restrictions

> On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 2:12 PM, Kelly Johnson <n6kj.kelly at gmail.com> 
> wrote:
>> Some cities will try to
>> regulate amateur radio towers under the same ordinance that covers
>> cell towers.  That's not a good thing for hams.  Most cell tower
>> ordinances require special use permits, public hearings, excessive
>> screening requirements, and often limit you to a "monopole" design.
> In my case my city has verbage that ham towers are exempt from the
> height limits and setbacks laws. It differentiates between a cell
> tower and ham tower. That's good. What is not good is that building a
> ham tower in my town goes against the same specs as the cell phone
> towers. In my case TIA222 Rev F.  At that speed my HDX572 tower is
> only allowed to carry 10sq/ft of windload. With TIA222 Rev G, my
> HDX572 won't even carry its own weight. I am all for thought/planning
> and safety, but I think we are getting to the point where most hams
> will no longer be able to afford a tower that meets the building
> requirements.  Not a problem for a cell phone company who is putting
> up a tower to pull in revenue. Furthermore, if we had the weather
> conditions specified in TIA222 Rev G, does it matter that I would come
> home after a weather event and find my tower standing and all trees
> and my house leveled?
> -Scott, WU2X
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