|Aircraft warning lights on|
Crown Castle tower off River Road
Thursday morning, I contacted the tower's owner, Crown Castle, and informed them of the two issues. When a tower goes dark, the operator is required to contact the Federal Aviation Administration, so that a "FAA Notice to Airmen" can be issued regarding the unseen obstacle.
I did get a response from Crown Castle, and as of last evening, the tower lights were back on. And they are at the proper illumination setting.
I have again urged Crown Castle to consider replacing the white flashers with the standard red bulbs every other broadcasting tower in the vicinity uses at night. That would solve the repeated episodes of bulbs going haywire. Based on my documentation of past incidents, this occurs about once or twice a year. My assumption is that the white flashers are cheaper, but if you have some knowledge of the industry and can give a better explanation, I am sure readers would appreciate you leaving a comment below.
We'll see how long the compliant lights remain so this time, but I do appreciate Crown Castle's prompt response to the matter.
For those interested, the tower no longer is used for TV broadcast signals. It does transmit the radio signals for Hot 99.5 FM and 94.7 Fresh FM, and serves as a cell tower. There are also several satellite dishes at the base of the tower. The tower's height and location have made it very much in-demand even after broadcast TV was cut off by the federal government. Other than the recurring lighting issue, the tower has been a "good neighbor" over many decades, providing more services than many residents may even realize, as they use a variety of devices.