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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Council's aerial plan puts radio hams on different wavelength

Council's aerial plan puts radio hams on different wavelength

"A North Shore City Council plan to impose controls on radio and television aerials has provoked an outcry from amateur radio operators.

The council is looking at a raft of controls to reduce the effects that all utility structures have on the environment.

But it is the proposals to control the size, number and location of new television aerials, antennas and satellite dishes that have drawn the most protest.

Amateur (ham) radio operators have sent a message loud and clear to the council they should be exempt from the "excessive" controls."

"Milford operator John Wilson said the moves would deter people from a legitimate hobby and deprive the community of an asset in times of civil defence emergencies."

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