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Removal of Radio Equipment from Tower Worries Emergency Service Personnel:

from ruidosonews.com on May 11, 2013
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Always acquire alternate auxiliary  
by AI2IA on May 11, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
"The lack of backup communications could have serious implications for public safety in Lincoln County, Davis said."

It should go without saying that for emergency communications backup antennas and gear are not just a nice idea.

Even if you backup is not as good as your primary, it certainly is better than none at all.

This situation should provide a warning lesson to all involved in emcomm regardless of your location - make you backup as good as you can make it. If you improve your primary, then improve your backup, too!

A day may come when you will be glad you did!
 
Removal of Radio Equipment from Tower Worries Emergency Serv  
by K0RGR on May 11, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
The repeaters in that area do serve an important purpose and are, in fact, used for a number of things. The article mentioned Search and Rescue. I hope that the new company will change it's mind.
 
RE: Removal of Radio Equipment from Tower Worries Emergency  
by HAMMYGUY on May 11, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
This isn't the first case of American Tower booting hams off of newly purchased towers. In each case the stick used was very high priced liability insurance.

Though is the first outright refusal Ive read about.
 
Removal of Radio Equipment from Tower Worries Emergency Serv  
by K1CJS on May 11, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
"There are other towers there, but they are largely occupied."

Well, largely, doesn't mean completely. Maybe the repeater antenna could be moved to another one of the towers if American Tower is going to be hard to get along with. Maybe also the hams could put up their own small tower. There are different ways to get around a short sighted tower owner.
 
Removal of Radio Equipment from Tower Worries Emergency Serv  
by VE6BGM on May 11, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Unfortunately today, there is far too much "my way or no way so get the heck off my tower".
 
RE: Always acquire alternate auxiliary  
by N0FPE on May 12, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Its all abt the money....if it does not make money then to hell with it...
 
Removal of Radio Equipment from Tower Worries Emergency Serv  
by K1CJS on May 12, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Yes, it does seem to be about money. The question of insurance, for one thing, bothers these tower owners. Insurance claims against them if someone who has space on a tower just happens to inadvertently damage some other equipment on that tower, knocking someone else off the air.

It isn't only the tower owners in that case--although they are the ones blamed, it's the other tower occupiers. People do not want a proliferation of towers, so the 'community' tower came into being, and now their use by ham repeater owners are being threatened because of the required costs of insurance, power, etc. which few ham repeater owners can afford.

So, what are repeater owners--especially the ones with really useful machines like this one--to do? Like someone said, we can just hope the new tower owner sees reason in such cases. That's all we can do.
 
Removal of Radio Equipment from Tower Worries Emergency Serv  
by KB1NXE on May 13, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Been happening here in New Hampshire as well. Only it's not the tower owners forcing Ham Radio out, but rather the state Department of Resources and Economic Development (yes, the agency is called DRED!). They by state law 'own' all the mountaintops in New Hampshire. Completely ham unfreindly and are even at odds with the State Department of Homeland Security and the past Governor.
 
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