Special Use Permit for Antennas

April 24, 2012 East Peoria, IL

As an owner of a 70 foot Rohn 25 tower and two Yagi antennas, I thought that a permit would be a simple process.  It took nearly 70 days to get all of the paperwork and permissions before I could start construction.  I would strongly recommend reading 'Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur' by Fred Hopengarten, K1VR before contacting any neighbor or city official.

My new antenna suport stucture is a US Tower HDX-589. The city was truley impressed with my application.  More than 60 pages of information was presented to the City Council and the Zoning Board.  I had a unique opportunity to talk to Fred Hopengarten at the Dayton Hamvention in 2012.  His told me to contact each of my neighbors and show them what I was planning to build.  I asked each one if they had any concerns and was able to answer those questions and reduce the resistance to zero.

There were two standard questions asked by multiple people.  Several were concerned about the unit falling over onto their property or the effects of wind.  I only had to explain that during high winds, I would be lowering the unit to 24 feet and it would withstand a serious wind load until their house hit my tower.  Problem solved.  The next question dealt with interference to equipment.  This was resolved by explaining that cable TV has eliminated most outdoor antennas, and that most Hams only use 100 watt radios which is equivalent to a single light bulb while each home owner has a Microwave oven operating with 1200 watts.

The permit was granted on July 5th, 2012 and the antenna was delivered by Semi truck to my employer in late September. Manufacturing Maintenance Soutions installed the unit with a great crew of men with lots of heavy equipment.   


April 22, 2014

The station remains a pure pleasure to operate.  I did have an episode with the Steppir in February where the Driven element became tangled into the mechanism like a giant pretzel.  I was able to lower the antenna to a working height of 7 feet, remove the motor assembly and make repairs within two hours.  Most of this because of the NN4ZZ Tiltplate which allows this unit to be serviceable. 

I have now achieved seven DXCC awards (Phone, CW, Digital, 10M, 15M, 20M and 40M) and multiple WAS awards including the WAS Triple Play. This is something that I never thought I would accomplish. I am still in a learning mode with CW.  Although I have known code for 40 hears, it is entirely different to operate with CW and make a contact. I am getting beter but the shorthand will usually get me out of sync.

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