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Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting from HOA neighborhoods -- Pro and Con on the

To: CQ Contest Reflector <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting from HOA neighborhoods -- Pro and Con on the Amateur Radio Parity Act
From: Dave Thompson <thompson@mindspring.com>
Reply-to: Dave Thompson <thompson@mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:44:47 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
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The document I saw many years ago that financials institutions all use to 
require to get funding for subdivisions do restrict towers and antennas.  Once 
in place these rules are beyond the reach of local Governments as private  
restrictions.  Few ever read the restrictions much less sign on to them. HOA's 
use the restrictions to enforce conformity and can even slap on fines, force 
tower/antenna removable and even in extreme cases can foreclose
on a homeowner who refuses to cooperate. Most CC&R's expire if there is not a 
HOA in place at the end of say 9 years to renew the restrictions. Most courts 
do not allow CC&R's be reinstated after expiration. A big subdivision near me 
has a HOA but the CC&R's  have expired so several hams do have or had towers in 
the past.  

I agree there is no study that shows amateur radio towers cause home valuations 
to drop. This is a myth that many real estate people use to help sell the 
CC&R's. Even the Senior Georgia Senator told me years ago that he does not 
support any law to override the tower restrictions. He told me that towers do 
lessen home values.

73 Dave K4JRB  
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