I just finished reading the opinion. It was very interesting. Although it is
tremendously positive, it certainly leaves lots of room for the ZBA to limit
you to a much smaller installation.
Here are a couple of comments and suggestions for you to consider as you
educate the ZBA about your proposed multi-tower installation: 1. The public has prejudices about the kinds of amateur radio activities that
are beneficial to the community. The most positive one is clearly emergency
communications. Second is the legitimate pursuit of research, education and
advancement of communication technologies. DXing and contesting pursuits do NOT
make an effective selling point to the public and typical zoning authorities. 2. Proposals for multiple towers supporting multiple separate antennas send
the message that some of the antennas and supports may be superfluous. 3. To save face, the board must show that it has had an active role in the
application of the regulations. You must give them information supporting the
notion that your proposed installation already contains compromises designed to
meet the legitimate zoning needs of the town. And, you must decide what area of
your proposal can be further compromised in public - to give the board the
additional "win" they need to have.
So, what to do?
1. Make the case that your antenna system is designed to enable extremely
effective local and long-distance emergency communications. Establish your
credibility by demonstrating that you have been an active participant in these
kinds of activities. Get a statement from someone important in the local
emergency services that supports the need for a system with the sophistication
you are proposing. Show exactly how your installation will fit into the
2. Make the additional case that your proposed installation is the minimum
necessary [or even a compromise] to pursue research on propagation on 160m and
that the height is absolutely critical for experiments that you are pursuing on
3. Avoid discussion of contesting and DXing as casual pursuits. Mention them
only in the context of empirical testing.
4. Show that you are serious about emergency communications, technology
advancement, teaching and research by presenting the board with past papers and
articles that you have written and published as a result of your amateur radio
5. To demonstrate your need for a multiple-tower installation, show that the
three towers are designed to work together as a system. You will be testing
phased arrays of side-by-side stacks of yagis and loops. The spacing of the
towers is, in fact, a compromise that you are willing to live with. It would be
ideal to erect more towers with exactly the right spacing for each band. You
will also be experimenting with the towers themselves as a single antenna
constructed of three vertical elements. Note again that the ideal height of
these elements is 132 feet, but that you are willing to live with the added
expense and degraded performance that you will get from the shortened elements
in order to help address the concerns of your neighbors and the ZBA. Charts and
graphs showing expected performance trade-offs are helpful here.