[AMRadio] Fighting deed restrictions

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Wed Jul 16 12:42:59 EDT 2008

Unfortunately any new development in the past 20 years has been 
moving to the restrictive covenants against any form of tower or 
transmitting antennae.  Remember a while back developers tried to 
ban dish TV antennae which was overturned by the courts and the FCC.

Now we all understand about signing a document that restricts 
things, the problem is not one of choice for many.  There are a lot 
of places to buy homes and land that are unrestricted, but those 
places are not where the jobs are.  Many hams purchase homes in 
places where there are restrictions with the thought in mind that 
when they retire, they will move somewhere they can put up anything 
they want.  In the meantime they will do without or just scrape by.

You were fortunate to find a place where you are moving, but many 
who do move can't find those kinds of places or they are 50 miles 
from their new job.  All the ARRL is trying to do is make the hobby 
universal.  Not all hams use vertical antennae that can be mounted 
on poles and covered with radomes.  Can you see a radome over a 
Mosley Pro 67.  Not only that, the cost of such an installation is 
prohibitive.  Not all hams want a tri-band beam and that is fine, 
but if I do and for good purposes, then I should have that option. 
I don't operate VHF nor UHF so should my view be fostered on 
everyone.  You can operate below 30 megacycles only.  I am going to 
prohibit antennae for frequencies above 50 meg.  I don't think so.

God save me from those little old ladies.  I don't share their views 
on most things.  They are out to protect the world and I don't need 
it nor want it.  They are pushing socialism at it's worst.  After 
all I left home when I was 17 to make my place in the world and I 
left my mother at the same time.  I am just tired of them picking my 
arm to twist.  There are more important matters that should be 
addressed and their view out the window is a minor one.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Todd, KA1KAQ"

> I see it more as having the potential to make amateurs look 
> foolish,
> as well as whiners and crybabies. That we'd willingly sign a 
> document
> clearly stating what is off limits, then play the victim and cry 
> foul.
> We do see a lot of this type of nonsense in today's world where no 
> one
> apparently is responsible for the choices they make, it's just sad 
> to
> see the group that supposedly looks out for amateur radio 
> considering
> the same nonsense. Then again - it is a 'brave, new-age world' and 
> we
> have the equivalent in the ARRL. We really shouldn't be surprised.
> That it's taking place in Texas and Oklahoma instead of somewhere 
> like
> San Francisco, Seattle, or New England is somewhat amazing, 
> though.
> As for those old ladies, Jim - more power to them for sticking up 
> for
> what's right and expecting others to live up to their end of the
> bargain. As Bruce, Larry, and others have said - no one is 
> twisting
> anyone's arm to move there. (o:
> ~ Todd

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