I second the notion about getting the ARRL Antenna Zoning book,
http://www.antennazoning.com/ham/book.htm, written by Fred Hopengarten K1VR.
When I was in a similar situation, looking for land where I could plant a
tower, I bought the book and read it from cover to cover.
Eventually, I came across 5 acres that was a compromise between what I
wanted and what my XYL was going to let me have. :-) Unfortunately, the
land came with CC&Rs. We made an offer on the land, but we made it
contingent on being able to get the Home Owner's Association to approve the
I was sure they wouldn't let me, but my XYL was so sure the land was
perfect, that she went door-to-door asking nearby neighbors if they'd be OK
with a tower. Hearing no negative comments, I called the leader of the
HOA. He seemed cautious, but open minded.
I would up hiring K1VR to look over the CC&Rs, and he designed a "tower
request" document that I could present to the HOA that was "friendly" to
read, but (in Fred's opinion) carried a lot of weight, should it ever be
Fred's experience was invaluable... he knew to ask for 95 feet instead of
100ft and to propose it in a more neighbor-friendly location of my lot. He
knew to talk about how the dull grey tower would blend into the natural
environment. And how my wire antennas would be kept in the backyard and
would be black in color which helps them to be less visible. He also knew
that someday someone might challenge the tower with "I didn't know it would
look like THAT!!!" so he had me attach pictures of similar towers, from a
similar distance from the road... and also to attach a page out of the Rohn
Catalog showing the dimensions of a tower section that I was proposing
(Rohn 55)... and to have each member of the HOA initial each page. And he
did it all with friendly, non-legalese language that didn't scare them away.
Fred taught me to be open, up-front and honest about the tower, and to make
a reasonable request for permission by providing the right information, in
the right format. It worked... and I'm QRV. Some pics at
I've not received any complaints from anybody since the tower and antennas
have gone up, either directly or via the rumor mill. (knock on wood!)
I guess the summary is... in my opinion... don't buy the land until you
have express, written permission to erect a tower and antennas, and make
sure you have a lawyer help with the permission request.
Keep us posted & GL OM!
73 - Scott KA9FOX
At 09:20 AM 3/19/2006 -0800, you wrote:
>What obnoxious wording in the deed restrictions!
>I think you, and all of us, would benefit if you contacted Phil Kane, (
>K2ASP@arrl.net ) a frequent contributer/Expert/ex FCC offical in the Ham-Law
>Forum. He may be able to quickly analyze your dilemmas, possilbly showing
>any illegal or unenforceable language in your deed restrictions, and provide
>expert guidance... The Ham-Law group may even put your issues up for
>discussion on their discussion group, reaping the benefits of feedback from
> a large Legal/Ham Brain Trust
>And of course you should pick up the ARRL publication on Zoning, if you
>Good Luck, keep us informed of events/progress.
>73, DX, de Pat AA6EG firstname.lastname@example.org; Skype: Sparky599
> >From: John W <email@example.com>
> >Reply-To: John W <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >To: email@example.com
> >Subject: [TowerTalk] CC&R Content Question
> >Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 07:50:53 -0800 (PST)
> >I am currently looking for some land or house/land 2-6 acres in east Texas
> >so I can put upa tower(s). Seems almost every deed restriction I come to as
> >a minimum has the common wording containing some sort of language about "no
> >obnoxious activity that might be or could be considered a nuisance or
> >annoyance to the neighborhood"...
> >Other then this one item in the restrictions there are no other
> >restrictions on antennas, towers etc. All the locations I am considereing
> >our not within city jurisiction only county and they have no issues with
> >towers or tower heights.
> >I have asked two ARRL VC's to review the CC&R restrictions, deeds etc.
> >Initially I have gotten two different points of view on this wording one
> >which says it could be used to sue me the other saying it can not. I know
> >its just opinion and thats all I am looking for in trying to evaluate my
> >level of risk before I spend the money to move and put the tower up.
> >Question here: Has anyone on this reflector been sued or had that wording
> >above used against them successfully or unsucessfully to have a tower
> >FYI Tower setup would be ANWireless HD60 to HD80 with two large beams 12
> >feet apart with smaller UHF/VHF 2-3 above that. Booms around 32-36 feet
> >longest element 42 feet, not a :small footprint system.
> >If so I'd like to hear your story and get you opinions or comments.
> >John - W5EJ
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