Vintage broadcast towers

Jeffrey Herman jeffreyh at HAWAII.EDU
Thu Apr 20 01:18:54 EDT 2000

On Wed, 19 Apr 2000, George Maier wrote:
> The height of the color bands were simply the tower height
> divided by seven.

Seems to me that each band should have been some fixed length --
that way one could easily determine the height of the tower just by
counting color bands...

As of 1974, that seven-band rule was still in effect; the bands
must be no narrower than 1.5 feet and no wider than 100 feet.
Paint must be aircraft-surface orange and white with (as you
said) top and bottom orange. "All towers must be cleaned
or repainted as often as necessary to maintain good visibility."

(From Ennes' 800 page book, "AM-FM BROADCASTING: Equipment, Operations,
and Maintenance," H.W. Sams.)

73, Jeff KH6O

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