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Quote:Let us know what you come up with on this.Dean
Quote:Yes Tom, we have three towers visible in our neighborhood. The Verizon tower is only 0.6miles away from our observing field. With all our T-Storms in the Summer we often have one or more of them switch from red pulsing lights to white strobes. I either call the contact point or eMail them identifying the Tower#, its location and problem. I even notify them if any light is out too. I 'always' write thanking them for their Service.Each tower is supposed to have an identification sign posted with the Tower# and phone number among other things. These signs are often missing or illegible. Using your Tower# number you can access the FCC Database at this link. http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/AsrSearch/asrRegistrationSearch.jspThat URL will get you into the FCC page where you can perform Searches on CELL Towers ID's with complete descriptions and Contact points. If the Tower ID sign is missing you can Search the tower's location by entering the required information on the right side of the page.When you have a Tower# enter that into the top left box under "By Registration Number", click Submit. Another page will be displayed, at the left in the middle of this page is the Tower ID# you entered which is now a Blue URL Link. This will take you to that Tower's specific information with Links to pertinent documents.The contacts listed more than likely will not be local, our Verizon tower's contact is in Georgia. When our tower/s turn white I'll either call or eMail them with full Tower# and specific street address and the problem. They will dispatch someone local to fix the problem, usually less than a week unless there's major damage caused by a direct lightening strike.Here's your problem;If your tower does not have a red light already installed, or the tower only has a high intensity daytime strobe and low intensity white strobe at night like our privately owned forestry tower, it will be expensive for them to install a red light. Those Tower Monkey's get >$100 p/hr, then there's the equipment expense. Our forestry tower is ~3miles away, luckily a short one, but occasionally it doesn't switch from daylight high intensity white strobe to low intensity white strobe. When that happens there's a light pulse in the sky over there.Carefully read all the tower's data and documents. But that doesn't mean what is in the database is correct. Our Verizon tower is not indicated as having a red light. However we were lucky, our astronomy village established in 1985 was in existence before they installed then tower. When they were erecting the tower we went over and talked to them, they installed a red light, or turned on the feature to turn it to red pluses at sunset. Sometimes Moonlight is so intense the light will not change over until later than usual, a couple times after midnight. Don't become a pest by calling at every little glitch. Wait a few days then call if the problem persists.Be very careful talking to these people, you want them on 'your' side. They want to keep their Customers and neighbors happy, so don't offend. Instead come 'to' them, not 'at' them. Get them to help you asking them what they can do to help you. Try asking what they can do to 'fix' the tower so the red pulsing light is turned on at night.Do Not mention "Astronomy". If you do you'll identify yourself as a very minor minority.If you were already in resident at your location 'before' they installed the tower mention that and all the problems you and your neighbors are experiencing with sleeping. You might get your neighbors together and petition for a red light because the white strobe makes it impossible to sleep. I have metal Venetian Blinds, when our Verizon tower turns to white strobe even those blinds can't block the intense light. My bedroom pulses every 10sec or so.I just reviewed your web site. You might have other weapons you might not have thought about. Your livestock's sleep period is interrupted by the strobe light flashes too, and your NASA career might come in handy too. I spent 15yrs at KSC myself in the VAB Shuttle Data Processing Data Center for the Shuttles myself. I've often seen Goshawks flying at late at night in the lit-up VAB's lights running into the sides of the VAB because they were blinded. Use Light Pollution facts at,,,, damn I can't thimk of their name now. Sheesh! Another Brain Fart. :P Anywho, you know who I'm talking about, the people who promote anti-light pollution and promote proper outdoor nighttime lighting. Who knows how these things might lend some weight to your quest.G'Luck, and if I can be of any more assistance Plz ask...joe "May You Go Among The Imperishable Stars"Joe Mize www.cav-sfo.comChiefland Astronomy Village, Fla
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Quote:Thanks Tom for that FCC link. I just bookmarked it.BTW. Was he thinking of the IDSA?
Quote:I thought they all went to red after dark, and only stayed white if the red bulb stopped working?
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