[AMRadio] Fw: Fwd: [arrl-odv:25480] FAA Reauthorization Act H.R. 636, short tower regulation

W2XJ W2xj at w2xj.net
Tue Jul 19 18:24:52 EDT 2016

Before people get too hysterical about this, the following is taken from another discussion group:

 read the bill - link here (watch as usual the wrap it's a pdf


Lots of exemptions - page 4 is the start of the pertinent language.
Is it next to a building - exempt
Is it in an incorporated city or town - exempt
Is it located on developed land - exempt
Is it more than 10 feet in diameter - exempt

The target appears to be structures that are out in the middle of a farmer's
field or undeveloped land* - If it's got a building next to it* (transmitter
building/shack) it's probably exempt under the "other building." language.

* "...is adjacent to a house, barn, electric utility station, or other

* The term ‘‘undeveloped’’ means a defined geographic area where the
Administrator determines low-flying aircraft are operated on a routine
basis, such as low-lying forested areas with predominant tree cover under
200 feet and pasture and range land.

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 19, 2016, at 5:54 PM, ARS W5OMR <ars.w5omr at gmail.com> wrote:
> So, "adjacent to" could mean on the same property that which is occupied by
> a building or structure. Up to 200' on your 10 acre lot should be
> sufficient,  right?
>>  5. Towers that are excluded are those: (a) “adjacent” to a house, barn,
> electric utility station, or other building; (b) within the curtilage of a
> farmstead; (c) which support electric utility transmission or distribution
> lines; (d) wind-powered electrical generators with a rotor blade radius
> that exceeds 6 feet; or (e) street lights erected or maintained by a
> Federal, State, local, or tribal entity.
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