I'm I the only one that sees both irony and danger in the "ban HOA restrictions" band wagon?
On one hand you have an argument the "government", aka HOA (a pseudo government), shouldn't have the right to restrict me from any antenna I want. But to do this, you ask another "government", aka the FCC, to eliminate the covenant [read: agreement] you made when purchasing the property or signing a lease.
Secondly, CC&R's have been upheld for decades as a reasonable way to prevent anything-goes neighborhoods. If you really want to do whatever you want, buy 10 acres in Louisiana or Montana, or in a neighborhood without CC&R's. Frankly, I don't want the Federal government to have even more power than it has already has. I also don't see how allowing the FCC to "eliminate" antenna restrictions is really in the best interest of property rights? Most CC&R's are created to prevent your neighbor from doing something to detract from or reduce the value of your house, WHICH YOU AGREED TO. Here's something to consider... not everyone thinks ham radio antennas are really kewl. If antenna restrictions are eliminated by an "act" of the FCC, what's next? Your next door neighbor might just want to turn his driveway into a spare parts car lot, or who knows what else... No thanks.
At the end of the day, I seriously doubt this will really go anywhere. It will require a law (not an commission order) to have any effect and then won't be retroactive, less it face constitutional and/or contract law issues. This great nation was built on two basic principles, the sanctity of a contract and personal property rights. Mess with either and we'll end up with anarchy. This seems to be messing with both. Just sayin.
And for the record, I own property with CC&R's and some of the restrictions are a great big pain in the a$$. I didn't however, move next to the airport and then complain about the noise.
i see it coming again. i had thought maybe hams had learned a lesson from the last time around. i now see this is not the case. i cannot wrap my brain around the idea that any hams are even remotely against over riding ccr's regarding ham antenna's.
prohibition does not work period. antenna's especially stealth ones do not affect property values period. there is no reason to not allow stealth antenna's in an HOA. hams started putting antenna's in flag pole HOA's ban flag poles, so they put antenna's on their cars and ran coax into house, now cars must be put in garage.
i'm sorry but every ham should be on the same side of this. this goes far beyond house and property values. if it was just that then hidden, low profile or stealth antenna's would be of no issue to an HOA