All this reminds me of an ordeal I went through some years ago when I
installed a weathervane on our chimney. HOA bylaws and covenants did not
address this issue, but I received several threatening letters from the
board about removing it. Funny thing about it was that I was on the
board! I resigned. Received several more letters. The HOA documents
also did not address the use of weathervanes or flagpoles, but it did
address the use of television antennas, even though our neighborhood was
completely cabled. Television antennas were allowed as long as they
stood no higher than 15 feet above the roof, and were no larger than 7 x
7 feet. Because of cable, no one had an antenna. I wrote one letter
back in response to all of their threats... I offered to remove the
weathervane and replace it with a television antenna of maximum size and
mounting height allowed by the HOA documents. I quickly received a
response that the weathervane could stay!
Wayne in Phoenix
If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it.
Thin wires, right? Attaches right to two screws on the radio?
Good, that's a 300ohm antenna. It might work fine. But it's in the
wrong place. Those little devices that adapter CABLE (F connectors) to
screw jacks for old TVs are tranformers called "Baluns". (Balance to
UNbalanced line). They cost around $3.
Run about any antenna up high (attic, whatever). Attach it to a balun.
Run a coax (tv cable) down to the radio, attach the other balun and into
the radio. Basically, the coax it being a low noise extension cord for you.
Now, I'm not sure how to handle SHARING 1 antenna with multiple devices.
And yeah, I made sure to not buy a house with a HOA. Just seen too much
insanity and selective enforcement with that. Like a 4 house little
stub street where the 4 residents decided they had a great view of the
fireworks and parked to block off the 30' long streetlet, setup street
BBQ, coolers and tables and had a street party. HOA guy went NUTS.
Threatened to call the police on my friend. Friend said, "Oh, just go
over there and talk to that guy who's chatting with my mom; he's the chief."
No, I maintain nice with my neighbors and we all get along pretty well
so far. I'm putting up a 2M antenna off of a tree on my neighbor's
property with his, well - if not blessing then agreement.
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