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ChrisJG
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It’s a TV and radio mast, i’d Be interested in doing a fly - around, but guess that it’s putting out a fair amount of electrical energy.
What do you think? Worth a go, or not? Too windy today anyway, but not far from home.

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9-12 03:34
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R&L Aerial photography
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I have flown around similar towers and also cell towers, high tension power lines and have had no issues but I may have been lucky, I do not have any concrete evidence that it’s ok do fly near them just my own personal experience. These quads are advertised as being for power line,cell tower inspections so you should be ok....
9-12 03:45
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ChrisJG
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R&L Aerial photography Posted at 9-12 03:45
I have flown around similar towers and also cell towers, high tension power lines and have had no issues but I may have been lucky, I do not have any concrete evidence that it’s ok do fly near them just my own personal experience. These quads are advertised as being for power line,cell tower inspections so you should be ok....

Thank you, is yellow on the NATS Map, but think if I don’t get too close, should be okay.
9-12 04:41
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Jimmy hoffa
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Yes fly around similar towers all the time....feed stays fine/signal fine... just be mindful of the wires
9-12 05:37
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ChrisJG
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Jimmy hoffa Posted at 9-12 05:37
Yes fly around similar towers all the time....feed stays fine/signal fine... just be mindful of the wires

Thank you!
9-12 06:14
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Nice shot Chris! Thanks for sharing.
9-12 08:02
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HH1
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I would keep an eye on my signal and as mentioned THOSE WIRES.
9-12 12:23
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S-e-ven
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Just keep your RTH height higher as the mast.
9-12 12:31
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Montfrooij
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Depends on the drone.
My MP does not have a lot of issues when flying close to interference.
9-12 12:39
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ChrisJG
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HH1 Posted at 9-12 12:23
I would keep an eye on my signal and as mentioned THOSE WIRES.

Amen to those wires, I’d be keeping a healthy distance.
9-12 14:17
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ChrisJG
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S-e-ven Posted at 9-12 12:31
Just keep your RTH height higher as the mast.

Thank you, I’d like to, but it’s 165 metres high, 45 higher than the UK Laws permit me to fly, so will take some planning.
9-12 14:20
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ChrisJG
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Montfrooij Posted at 9-12 12:39
Depends on the drone.
My MP does not have a lot of issues when flying close to interference.

Thanks Peter, I may do a few flights getting gradually closer first.
9-12 14:21
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Why certainly, I also have flown around similar towers with zero problems.
9-12 18:32
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Woe
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Same here. Flown around plenty of these without any issues.
9-12 21:12
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A J
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No mate - simply because it impact on the compass and transmission
9-12 22:13
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ChrisJG Posted at 9-12 14:21
Thanks Peter, I may do a few flights getting gradually closer first.

As long as you watch the video transmission, you should be good (it will warn you).
But no guarantees
There have been numerous fly aways with compass errors.
But MP has a redundant compass if I remember correctly, so it might do a bit better.  
9-12 22:16
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Lucas775 Posted at 9-12 18:32
Why certainly, I also have flown around similar towers with zero problems.

Thank you!
9-13 01:52
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Woe Posted at 9-12 21:12
Same here. Flown around plenty of these without any issues.

Thanks Woe, have added to my list then!
9-13 01:53
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A J Posted at 9-12 22:13
No mate - simply because it impact on the compass and transmission

Thanks AJ , May do a wide fly by one day soon.
9-13 01:53
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ChrisJG Posted at 9-13 01:53
Thanks AJ , May do a wide fly by one day soon.

Keep a good few hundred metres from it and you should be fine - just don't calibrate the compass near it if you need to.
9-13 02:26
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ChrisJG Posted at 9-13 01:53
Thanks Woe, have added to my list then!

No problem Chris
9-13 05:03
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I don't know.  May depend on my mood at the time, but I probably wouldn't, unless I'm hired to do so.  There is so much about radio waves/patterns that we still don't know, though most of the time, I don't believe that tower would cause too much interference, at least under 'normal' conditions (whatever that is).
9-16 11:28
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Probably be ok like others have said if you keep your distance and keep within the laws, These will be marked on the UK Aviation Charts (Sectionals in the US) as HIRTAS  High Intensity Radio Transmission Area and when flying in light aircraft we normally avoid flying directly over or close due to the microwaves they omit, so I would fly with caution as it could interrupt the signal between RC and UAS so if you lose control close to it RTH might have issues as the obstacle avoidance might not work that well with cables.
Might be worth checking if they are always broadcasting as you might find they are not always used, We have some 2 like that on the IOW and we mostly steer clear, I dont want to accidentally damage the mast and be the cause of everyone in the south meridian area missing out on Homes under the Hammer or Eastenders!

Keep your distance and plan your sortie and dont be afraid to move around the base of the mast to ensure you are unobstructed between the RC and the UAS and you should be ok, I mean they use drones to inspect power lines that  whilst they are still on.

9-16 11:52
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Neo Supreme Posted at 9-16 11:28
I don't know.  May depend on my mood at the time, but I probably wouldn't, unless I'm hired to do so.  There is so much about radio waves/patterns that we still don't know, though most of the time, I don't believe that tower would cause too much interference, at least under 'normal' conditions (whatever that is).

Thank you!
9-16 22:48
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Schmooit Posted at 9-16 11:52
Probably be ok like others have said if you keep your distance and keep within the laws, These will be marked on the UK Aviation Charts (Sectionals in the US) as HIRTAS  High Intensity Radio Transmission Area and when flying in light aircraft we normally avoid flying directly over or close due to the microwaves they omit, so I would fly with caution as it could interrupt the signal between RC and UAS so if you lose control close to it RTH might have issues as the obstacle avoidance might not work that well with cables.
Might be worth checking if they are always broadcasting as you might find they are not always used, We have some 2 like that on the IOW and we mostly steer clear, I dont want to accidentally damage the mast and be the cause of everyone in the south meridian area missing out on Homes under the Hammer or Eastenders!

Thank you, that’s great info. They do look interesting visually, so risk vs reward!
9-16 22:50
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