[TowerTalk] Birds n towers

GARY HUBER glhuber at msn.com
Wed Nov 13 09:46:18 EST 2013

I never found a good solution to roosting birds except turning the beam 
frequently to get the turkey buzzards to leave just as soon as they started 
using the TH-7 boom and driven element. 1 KW CW on 20 M may have also 
helped.  I also had several Great Gray owls using the TH-7 at 50' at night, 
leaving small animal carcasses and the pellets of owl dung at the tower 
base.  When I recently took the the TH-7 and Rohn 45-G down after 
twenty-seven years in the air, the corrosive effects of bird dung was 
evident;  stainless steel was corroded and galvanized steel was etched and 
beginning to rust.  Red tailed hawks do keep the other birds away and may 
have the least negative impact on your aerial equipment as a result.

73 ES DX,
Gary -- AB9M

-----Original Message----- 
From: jcjacobsen at q.com
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 8:19 AM
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Birds n towers

I'd go with eliminating the food source, if there is one. You can't scare 
them away.
Years ago, where I grew up, there was a problem with starlings roosting in 
trees on one block. Talk about a racket!! Someone came up with a solution:

Let's have the Police Dept get a case of bird shot for the 12 ga. shotguns. 
Then, one evening at the appointed hour, they assembled all the squads AND 
the fire rigs on the block. The "fired up" all the sirens and the shotguns 
were fired in the air, but not at the birds, until they were out of ammo. 
"We'll just scare 'em away with noise" Naturally, the birds all took off. 
Everyone patted themselves on the back, packed up, and left. If I remember 
correctly, the last squad had barely rounded the corner and the birds 
started coming back.

Now on the other hand, at work we had a tower and a massive LPDA on the roof 
for HF emergency comms. A hawk decided to use it as a vantage point to look 
over the surrounding acreage. Never had a problem with other kinds of birds 
roosting on the antenna. Must have been because the hawk was real and not 
plastic. <GRIN>

Don't mess with Mother Nature.

K9WN Jake


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