Sorry to hear you are having to deal with the
dictators. My personal experience and opinion
is that "The THING" called an HOA is nothing
more than a refuge for tyrants who have been
unable to succeed in the real world of politics.
However since state legislatures have seen fit
to impose these Draconian Empires on us we
have little choice but to dwell within the confines
of their jurisdiction as the selection of safe
habitable dwellings is in short supply unless you
have very deep pockets.
I recommend you do the following:
1 Take down your current antenna. ASAP. Do not
give them anymore ammo then they already have.
2 Pay them the $50.00. The alternatives are to
fight it in court or allow them to attach a lien to
your dwelling. Given they slammed you with a
fine before a warning letter tells me they intend
to use you as an example. When you achieve SK
status they will still get their cut before your heirs
can close your estate. If you go to trial then you
will likely pay a boatload of barrister fees, court
costs and awards to the HOA if you lose. If you
win there is no guarantee the judge will award
you attorney's fees and costs.
3 Keep an eye out for flagpoles in all the usual
places, e-Bay, classified adds in the paper,
Craigslist, on-the-air radio station swap shops,
4 Once you have the pole contact the HOA for a
permit to erect it under the statutory flagpole
exemption mention in this thread.
5 With permit in hand erect the flag pole. FOR
SAFETY REASONS YOU WILL NEED TO PLACE
SEVERAL "SAFETY GROUNDS" just below the
surface of the soil. For sound engineering
reasons they should be an 1/8 wavelength at
frequencies of interest.
6 Use a small motor assist for raising and
lowering the flag. This is to address your
"Arthritic Condition" thus making raising
and lowering the flag a manageable task.
In addition to the motor you will need to
place circuitry for monitoring the current
used by the motor. It will also serve as a
remote matching circuit. However they do
not need that info.
Verticals as maligned as they are actually provide
decent service. Yeah you take a hit losing 1/2 of
your signal in the ground, but when viewed from
the world of the S Unit then it does not seem so
bad. Consider that your losses are between 3 and
6 dB. That would be 50% to 75% of signal lost to
heating the earth. Yet when you look at the effect
on the distant end S Meter the op there will see
from 1/2 to 1 S Unit difference. At 59 yrs I can barely
detect a change in the audio from 0 dB to -3 dB.
6 dB in a noisy band gets lost with me.
I also kind of doubt there would be much difference
between your Hamstick and the Flagpole in terms
of pattern. Yeah the hamstick is convenient but then
it has drawn the ire of the BOD. They might complain
about the flagpole but hey, if it is legal then that is
their problem and not yours.
If you decide to look into fighting back in the legal
domain drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
can tell you a few things I stumbled into with the HOA
I dealt with back in thelate 80's and how the pieces
fell into place so I was able to erect an VHF vertical
(IsoPole 2 meter). It was a nasty conflagration. It
is all about finding the dirt in the HOA's procedural
history and the Board of Directors lives.