Town of West Bend, WI proposing ham unfriendly zonining ordinance

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  1. WB9JPH

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    Fellow Hams:

    The Town of West Bend is proposing a zoning ordinance that is not very friendly to ham radio.

    Among the highlights to this revised zoning ordinance include: Ham Radio antenna towers and antennas may now be put up in residentialy zoned areas WITH a Conditional Use Permit, and the Town reserves the right to order the same removed IF the Town receives RFI complaints.

    I guess this is an improvement from the original proposed ordinance where ham radio antennas and towers were banned in residentialy zoned areas period dot.

    Here is a revised draft of the proposed ordinance: DRAFT T_ West Bend ZO Jul 19 (TRACK CHANGES)(1).pdf

    The hearing is at the Town of West Bend Town Hall on 8/22/19 at 6:30PM. My information is that everyone will be allowed 3 minutes to speak IF you sign up on the list before the meeting starts.

    If you live in the Town of West Bend, or are concerned this kind of ordinance could spread to your area, please attend and voice your opinion.

    Please get the word out to fellow hams and on local nets and repeaters.

  2. VE3XIN

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    It looks like those bureaucratic folks did BEND their brains very hard around coo-coo's nest!
  3. WQ4G

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    The doesn't sound legal to me. Especially the rfi part. It was determined long ago that transmitters don't cause interference. Interference is caused by crappy receivers.
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  4. N0TZU

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    The federal government completely occupies the field of communications regulation in the US including radio interference. States, counties or local governments have no jurisdiction over interference or RFI. Also, see PRB-1 regarding limitations on what a state or local government may regulated regarding antennas.

    If I were you I'd contact the ARRL right away to get the name of a volunteer counsel in your area to look at this. He or she might provide input to the town or help you provide input to the town pointing out that their ordinance would be illegal.
    KX4O, N4RRR and WR2E like this.
  5. KD0CAC

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    You might want to go back to your source on that ?
    Check out the bo-fang & FCC .
    Interference comes in many varieties - such as the bandwith that is allowed in a specific use .
    Making glaringly wrong statements to not help any cause ;(
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  6. NN4RH

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    You know they will receive RFI complaints, even if there is no RFI. People will lie about interference and imagine things, just to get rid of the antenna.
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  7. NN4RH

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    The actual language is a little more complicated than that ...

  8. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    What page is this on?
  9. KQ9J

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    The ordinance states the amateur shall take reasonable steps to mitigate any interference caused. Then it says "within 12 months of the installation of a wind energy system....." when it talks about removal. Reading the whole of section 8 it
    would suggest that the phrase "order the removal of the system" applies to wind energy systems, not amateur radio towers.

    Bad proofreading job, or intentional distinction?
  10. N1OOQ

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    Wow. That has got to be the most intrusive, busybody thing I have ever read. It must have been created by someone in real estate... They seem EXTREMELY concerned about property values. Rules about everything from how visible your house is from a passing vehicle to the placement and maintenance of your shrubs. Very little about the things you might think a town government would be concerned about... Like maybe water supply, road maintenance, etc. Yikes. :eek:

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