FireGryphon wrote:LS, the irony is that with all that land you could erect a monster of a tower...
The irony is I live on a hill where I don't need to erect a tower. A HAM operator's wet dream! I can just set one up in the attic and call it a day. Clear view of the horizon except to the south and somewhat to the East where the hills are higher. From my roof I can see planes taking off from the Rochester International Airport ~40 miles away. I can see the base of storms out on Lake Erie, but not quite the water. Whole northern horizon is Lake Ontario and Rochester. A helluva view though the trees have grown up a bit so I am losing some of it.
I am south of Rochester NY, and I can get HDTV from Toronto. There are a few dedicated repeaters down the road from me, as I live in HAM central. A lot of fine folks from Harris live near me, and many of them are HAMs. When I told some friends who are HAMs about my house that I recently purchased back then, they were all WTF!?!?! Right next to a hill where many of them have had contests. I got so much crap from them for not being a HAM nor interested in participating.
It is like anything else, it looses its novelty when you are constantly exposed to it. Like photography growing up. Both of my parents worked at Kodak, and one of the perks was free film and developing. Did I get into photography then? Nope. Not until film was well on its way out.