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Kid stuck in chimney climbed ham radio tower to reach roof

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K7RA, Jan 16, 2020.

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  1. K7RA

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  2. N0TZU

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    How very sad.

    From the photo it seems there were no anti-climb shields on the tower.
  3. K7RA

    K7RA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't know. The photo doesn't show us much of anything, such as an antenna.
  4. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    VERY sad indeed.

    But I'm sorry - maybe the house is owned by a ham (didn't fact check that part but will take it on face value as claimed above - it's not mentioned in the article or the video - not a single mention of ham radio whatsoever) - that looks like any number of a ZILLION old TV antenna towers that are spread around the country - with an old TV antenna on top. There are countless zillions of these old TV towers throughout the mid-west.

    I realize that's a trivial difference given that a young life was tragically lost, but no mention in the article or interview says ham radio had anything to do with this.

    May the young man rest in peace - my heart truly goes out to him and his family - and we should ALL have barriers on towers we may own, regardless of where they are.

    But the screen shot below from the video in the article of the antenna - looks like yet just another rotting old TV antenna to me. Nothing at all resembling any sort of ham radio antenna at all - Radio Shack "long range TV" is the sort of thing that is.

    It's not fair IMO to have the title of this thread relate to ham radio.


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  5. WG7X

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    Dave is correct. ...And huge question of why, exactly, the kid did what he did. He paid a huge penalty for whatever had had planned.
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  6. N2EY

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  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Yes. Exactly what I see as well - a rotting one as far as I can see - dating from many years ago.

    Nothing "ham radio" about this article.

    Still - a kid died - and that is SO SAD and I cannot imagine how tragic it was for that boy... or his family - as a father, I can't imagine dealing with this.

    But it's sad enough as it is without dragging "ham radio" into this.

    May he rest in peace - I have no idea what he had in mind climbing the tower to get into the chimney.... but I'm so sorry it happened.

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  8. K7RA

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    I'm glad the article didn't mention ham radio, but I "verified" it by checking the FCC database against the name of the homeowner given in news sources. They said he was in the Cleveland area, and that matches N8HJJ.
  9. WD0BCT

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    It is a very tragic ending to a young life. I am really sorry for the family.
    I am also very sad that a 14 year old found climbing to a second story and descending into a chimney so overpowering that he attempted this. I don’t think the method used to access thr roof is important. It could have been a flagpole, an extension ladder stored outside or a tree as easily as an antenna tower. To what extent is a property owner required to kid proof a residence exterior?

    IMO a 14 year old should know about trespassing as well as the dangers involved in entering a chimney. But that does not detract from the tragedy. The boy did not deserve to come to such a tragic end.
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  10. WQ4G

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    This does not mean that the tower in the photo is a 'Ham Radio Tower' or that 'Ham Radio' had anything to do with it. There could be more than one 'Jim Schmitz' in the Cleveland area.
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