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Re: Bird lights? Study it first.
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Subject: Re: Bird lights? Study it first.
From: Jim McDermott <jim@spiritfm.org>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2018 14:49:20 -0500
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Yeah, Ed, I'm well aware of this little trip up. I have a 375' tower with the old lighting and can't upgrade it, but the tower I want to change is  500' and already has the 2 beacons in the middle. 4 out of 6 of the side lights are burned out right now, and I was just trying to figure out how hard it would be to just turn them off.

Jim McDermott
President, Lake Area Educ Broadcasting
Spirit FM Radio & The Pulse Channel

Lake of the Ozarks, MO
www.spiritfm.org -- www.pulsechannel.org

On 5/2/2018 9:08 AM, Ed Trombley wrote:

If you have an existing tower you can request Bird lighting from the FAA by filing a FAA7460.

But... if you have an existing tower you need to do a little research.  Several of our clients have dug a big hole and then jumped in.  If you have an old tower with an old lighting standard you will be required to up grade to the new standard.  Here is an example...

An old 390 foot tower has an old lighting standard on it.  One beacon on top and two levels of side marker lights at 1/3 and 2/3 of the height.  The tower can keep the old standard until they file for a change, like bird lighting.  So the station asks for bird lighting and discovers...

They can turn off the side marker lights but any tower over 350 feet has a beacon on top and TWO in the middle half way up.  Ouch! They have to buy two expensive lights and wire them!  Then they discover the skinny underrated erector set (windcharger) tower can't support that much extra load.  So much for saving the electricity of a few side marker lights when everything turns to junk.

Look then jump!

Best Regards!


On 5/1/2018 7:04 PM, Gregg Richwine wrote:

Oh, no. You can't just turn them off!

You have to get FAA approval, then you have to have your FCC license modified so the Tower Lighting section of the license reflects what you're doing.

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