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RE: [TowerTalk] Covert Mast and Yagi

To: "Wes Attaway (N5WA)" <>,<>, <>
Subject: RE: [TowerTalk] Covert Mast and Yagi
From: Jim Lux <>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003 10:19:14 -0800
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At 10:04 PM 11/6/2003 -0600, Wes Attaway (N5WA) wrote:

One other thought ..... I am moving soon to an area that forbids
"transmitting or receiving towers".  Antennas are not mentioned.
Do your covenants specifically prohibit antennas?  Such a
prohibition would be pretty drastic, given that antennas can be
as short as a few inches.

And of course, there are antennae on such things as garage door openers (both the transmitter in the car and the receiver in the garage), cellular phones, AM/FM car radios, etc.

I used this distinction to "encourage" the local HOA board (or more properly, the rep of the management company) to conform their regs to the OTARD rules. The former rules said no antennas and no radio transmitters. I just told them (fairly nicely) that
a) Both California and Federal law/regulation require them to allow some forms of transmitters and receivers (cell phones)
b) Homeowners wouldn't appreciate it when they started getting notices to cease operation of their cell phones, garage door transmitters, and wireless appliances. (If the board fails to enforce legally created rules, any homeowner in the association can act to enforce the rules).
b) That I thought the homeowners wouldn't appreciate incurring all those legal fees as a result of the management company refusing to encourage appropriate and legal behavior on the part of the association, especially when they found that the board members could be personally liable. (A bit of bluster, and I'm pretty sure that the mgt company is well aware of what the real situation is, liability wise, but, since the HOA has changed mgt companies a couple times in the last five years, makes it seem a wise business decision for the mgt company to get off their behind and do something.)

There's still a ban on certain types of antennae, but no "no transmitting and receiving" types of rules. And, the board has seem distinctly uninclined to create any hassles about relatively inconspicuous antennae (arrays of dipoles strung just above the roof and on fence lines). I also haven't gotten an static about parking my car with ham plates and a screwdriver antenna on the front bumper in the driveway. I'm not about to go putting up a 75 foot tower, mind you.

Jim, W6RMK


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