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[TowerTalk] Is the FCC sharp? Is ARRL counsel swift?

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Is the FCC sharp? Is ARRL counsel swift?
From: (Rick Bullon)
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2002 07:05:45 +0000

>From: Kris Mraz <>
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Is the FCC sharp? Is ARRL counsel swift?
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>Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2002 06:16:16 +0000
>Rick, et al,
>One thing you're forgetting, Rick, is the potential NEW hams who already
>have a house. If they discover ham radio and they're already living in
>a restricted neighborhood I doubt they will sell their houses to pursue
>a new hobby. And what about the kids living at home? I'd say there is
>ZERO chance they could convince mom and dad to up and move out of the
>city so they can put up an outside antenna. (This is probably a major
>factor that forces many new hams to be limited to a shack-on-the-belt).
>We've all been told that we must promote ham radio to kids to keep the
>hobby going. How can we tell them how wonderful ham radio is and in the
>next breath tell them they'll probably have to move? CCR's will lead to
>the eventual death of HF ham radio.
>Kris N5KM

Hello Kris
I agree not all hams can put up a tower and a HF beam, but there are 
alternatives. If there are tall trees in the back yard then stealth wire 
antennas can be strung or a simple multiband vertical in the back yard will 
get you on the air even attic dipoles are used by some.

I bought used a HF6V from a ham in Ft Worth several years ago. He had ladder 
line dipoles running though the tops of the trees in his back yard and in a 
few trees in his neighbors yard. They were so well hidden that I had to 
follow the feed line running up a limb near the house to see the wires in 
the trees. He said they had been up there for years and no one had any idea 
that they were there

I used the HF6V for several years ground mounted in back of the house I have 
worked almost every state and some nice DX with 100 watts. All the contacts 
were on 10 meter while I was a Tech+ and I have 2 certificates on the wall 
for 1st place low power phone for NTX in the Tech/novice class for the 10 
meter contest.

Even Hams who don't have restrictions or CC&R's are unable to erect a tower 
for financial reasons or lack of room. Towers and beams are expensive and 
take a lot of room to put up at least the guyed towers do. I don't trust 

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