|To:||Tom Champlin <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] CC&R's|
|From:||Alan Beagley <AB2OS@att.net>|
|Date:||Fri, 02 Jan 2004 00:33:44 -0500|
We just bought a house in W. Michigan and had to look for quite a while
before we found a suitable property. Our first choice turned out to have
CC&Rs explicitly banning antennas other than small dishes close to the
roof (can't now recall the permitted height). We ended up with a
29-yr.-old property in a nice neighborhood with underground utilities,
brief (only 2 pages) CC&Rs that do not mention antennas or transmitters
-- and no HOA. I did consult an ARRL Volunteer Counsel for advice on one
point, and he said that the CC&Rs he sees are typically 50 pages. One
ham wrote that the CC&Rs for one subdivision (in Illinois, IIRC) were 3"
thick and nobody wanted to let him read them.|
Note that if I had not asked for a copy of the CC&Rs before ever making an offer for the property, I still would not know what the restrictions were: the documents presented at closing mentioned something along the lines of "applicable covenant restrictions," but the document detailing those restrictions was not made available at that time.
I haven't yet done anything about putting up a tower -- or even my VHF/UHF vertical -- so it remains to be seen whether any of the neighbors think that antennas and towers are terrible and are willing to pay a lawyer to try to prevent me from erecting one.
The municipality has a "hands-off" approach to amateur radio towers/antennas under 70' high and does not even require a building permit to ensure the safety of the installation.
On 01/01/04 12:38 pm Tom Champlin put fingers to keyboard and launched the following message into cyberspace:
There has been a lot posted about antenna restrictions. Here in the Kansas city area it's no different. Wanting to buy a new home, I have been to many, many new housing additions. I recently found an addition that had a few larger lots left. I currently use a TX-455 and X9 with slopers. I will have to give this up when I move next summer. As the builders are now offering cheap stereo systems with in-ceiling speakers, I will probably have to mothball the Alpha as well. I recently bought a Big SteppIR vertical that I hope I can somehow put up when I move. I selected the largest lot, which adjoins a horse ranch. The CC&R's in my subdivision say something like this:_______________________________________________
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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