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October 21, 2013

Fire-tower plans ready for review




The management suggests that a permanent radio repeater be placed on the Hurricane tower to support DEC search-and-rescue operations.

“The Eastern High Peaks receive some of the highest recreational use in the Adirondack Park, and accordingly, the area consistently requires a higher number of rescues by emergency services personnel,” the unit plan says.

“When a rescue occurs in or near an area that does not receive a good signal, a temporary base station with a repeater must be established in order to provide good radio coverage for search and rescue teams.”


Because of this gap in coverage, the plan says, and “according to the provisions of the Mountaintop Policy, the fire tower on Hurricane Mountain has been identified by the (DEC) radio communications staff as an ideal location for the placement of a permanent radio repeater.”

The radio equipment is outlined as “a Daniels Electronic Ltd. repeater (or equivalent) with a transmission power of four to eight watts.”

A protective enclosure around the repeater would measure about 5.5 square feet, or 11 percent, of the tower cabin’s 49-square-foot area. 

The rest of the space, also called the cab, would remain open for public use.


Two to four Deka L-16 batteries would power the antenna, which is described as a “low profile omnidirectional antenna on a bracket located on a corner of the cab roof.”

A typical antenna would measure between 5 and 6 feet in length, extending about 4 feet above the roof peak, the plan says.

DEC is also looking to mount four 75-watt solar photovoltaic panels (or equivalent), each “measuring 46.8 inches by 20.9 inches by 1.5 inches on the tower structure below the cab.”

The repeater system would be connected to the ground with a grounding wire and rod.

“This would all but eliminate the signal shadow in the area, thereby eliminating the need for a temporary base station during rescues in the region,” DEC says in the plan.

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