The Apartment Complex I live in Does Not Allow any outdoor Antenna's at all.
While this veers this thread a bit off topic, you should familiarize yourself with OTARD.The Apartment Complex I live in Does Not Allow any outdoor Antenna's at all.
The rule (47 C.F.R. Section 1.4000) has been in effect since October 1996, and it prohibits restrictions that impair the installation, maintenance or use of antennas used to receive video programming. The rule applies to video antennas including direct-to-home satellite dishes that are less than one meter (39.37") in diameter (or of any size in Alaska), TV antennas, and wireless cable antennas. The rule prohibits most restrictions that: (1) unreasonably delay or prevent installation, maintenance or use; (2) unreasonably increase the cost of installation, maintenance or use; or (3) preclude reception of an acceptable quality signal.
Effective January 22, 1999, the Commission amended the rule so that it also applies to rental property where the renter has an exclusive use area, such as a balcony or patio.
Got my email yesterday from the League. Took all of a minute if that to follow the links and send my letters off. I am not in an HOA, but I have long supported the League in this effort for my fellow amateurs that do live in HOAs.The ARRL put together a great link to contact your Senators. It takes 2 minutes. I hope everyone takes the time to help those of us that are in HOAs.
Here's a better worded article on the subject:
From the above article:
"The bill includes a provision to allow amateur radio operators to negotiate with individual homeowner associations to install antennas that conform to the community’s aesthetic interests. The provision would preserve association control over a community’s appearance and would enable expansion of amateur radio networks in areas that were previously off-limits to operators."
As stated, this does't mean (if this passes) that you'll get to put up a 75 foot tower on your condo's balcony. It just means you get to ask for an accommodation, they need to work with you, but they still have final say over the aesthetics. This might mean that while you'd really like to put up a big beam, they -might- allow you to string up a wire dipole.
The league is pushing back. Here is their response:As many have already posted, the current bill will not achieve the Nirvana described by the thread title. A former ARRL vice-director has recently held forth on this bill and how it achieved its current form. Here is the text of his post as was re-posted on the "100 Watts and a Wire" Facebook page:
Now that I am a former ARRL Vice Director, I am free to speak my mind on
this matter. As a long-time proponent of antenna rights, it is with great
disappointment that I say I do not favor passage of HR-555. I should add up
front, by way of disclaimer, that I am not an attorney.
73 - Marty N6VI
Sounds good but....We are very close to this passing..please follow the link and contact your Senator.. it's quick and easy.