New FAA regulations require towers under 200′ to be marked

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W0IW, Jul 13, 2019.

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  1. G4OBB

    G4OBB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you sir !!!
  2. WD4IGX

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    Baba Yaga's tower.
  3. N8ZI

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    So I guess a Cubex MANTIS 40m 2el quad @ 150' would be considered a giant fly swatter knocking aircraft out of the sky?
  4. N9PSB

    N9PSB Ham Member QRZ Page

    This most likely is due to the increase of Drone usage both recreational and commercial.
  5. W5KUL

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    Next year the FAA will require that you register any trees, bushes, yard signs and outhouses over 25 feet tall in the database.
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  6. WN1MB

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    ...flagpoles, chimneys...
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  7. KJ4VTH

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    just under the limit?

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  8. KD9NKJ

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    49' or 55', does it really make a difference? If you haven't anything anywhere near your tower those additional 6' really don't make a difference do they? Reason I ask, I just erected a 55' used, T-455 retractable tower. Right now I only have inverted v dipoles in place. But I expect to place a hexbeam up there soon. Will it matter all that much if I do or don't crank the tower up to it's full hieght? Plus, what is meant by marking the tower? The tower is 2' from my garage that's at least 20' high in itself. It has a metal roof. I guess I could go up and paint a huge mural like sign that reads, "TALL TOWER, DON'T HIT IT!" Then draw an arrow. Lol
  9. KC4NUN

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    As a former EMT, we worked several incidents where medical choppers were called. Before the chopper can land, you have to have an LZ (landing zone) Commander on the ground that is trained in the process of finding a suitable place to land, which includes looking at the grade of the land and visually checking for any obstacles. Once a suitable place is found, we would radio the pilot and advise them of coordinates, obstacles, etc. A sample transmission from the LZC might sound like, "Medflight One, you have trees approximately 200 feet to the south and power lines 250 feet north of your LZ...". The pilot would then do a flyover to verify and then land. All LZ's were done on the spur of the moment with the only exception being zones that were pre-certified (LZ details were maintained by the local dispatch, and were routinely inspected for hazards). Hope this helps!
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2019
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  10. N2OPQ

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    I didn't sift through all the comments, but a good portion of them. I understand and appreciate what the ARRL did and published so that most amateurs will not need to worry about marking our towers if under 200ft. However, there's a good number of trees around that are over 50 ft tall.

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