ARRL reaches agreement with national association of homeowners associations


Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Marty, who writes:

Hi Thomas,

I just came across this interesting new item about ARRL reaching agreement with Homeowners national association on antenna restrictions:



[Excerpt from ARRL new item]

[The] ARRL did not have the final language for the substitute amendment until late last week, and the amended bill has not been introduced in the House as of yet. ARRL planned no announcement about the text of the amended House bill until it was introduced. However, because the text became available from the House Office of Legislative Counsel, and as CAI released the text to its members, it was decided to release the amended text now.

“The bottom line,” Imlay said, “is that if the bill is enacted, it would allow every amateur living in a deed-restricted community — for the first time in the history of Amateur Radio in the U.S. — the ability to install an effective outdoor antenna.”

“That would benefit thousands of current and future hams living in deed-restricted communities,” Lisenco added.

Thank you for the tip, Marty! Though I have never lived in a deed-restricted community, I imagine this will be welcome news to those amateur radio operators and radio enthusiasts who do.

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4 thoughts on “ARRL reaches agreement with national association of homeowners associations

  1. TomL

    Nice try but it may be interpreted as not having more than one aerial. What good is putting up one antenna when one is surrounded by S9 noise from indiscriminate RF? The wording should say “antenna SYSTEM” in order to include one or more antennas to phase-out or mitigate the unbearable NOISE. That is a right to have reduced noise, similar to astromomy buffs needing reducing the indiscriminate light pollution. It is a long battle and this is only a first step.

  2. Bill Lee

    Somehow I see mass protests on any “complex” overhead wire installation.

    And as noted above, mis-directed complaints over any perceived noise/interference with their electronics though it could be mains power line, computers, usb, flashlight rectifiers and others as the cause.

    Will neighbours think to isolate the causes, or just point to New Wire in the Sky as a fault?

  3. jay

    Sadly, this will not saved a dying hobby. I once lived in such a Town House with association restrictions. I tried to put in a small vertical and hid the entire structure. Soon someone saw and complained or got some interference on their TV etc. This angered the neighbors of course, and I foolishly said, I do not care as I am selfishly going to do this anyway.
    It made me no friends. It caused one family to sell out and a call from FCC about quit hours and helping people not being abrasive.
    So I do not know what ARRL wishes as with actually no real qualifications for a hobby that most people will never understand, so many today are just citizen band operators. I have been licensed since 1959 and cannot believe the ignorance that now is the hobby. So, I say, what else is new here.


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