[AMRadio] HOAs fighting antenna Parity Act proposal H.R.

GRANT YOUNGMAN nq5t at tx.rr.com
Fri Aug 21 16:27:20 EDT 2015

I’ll just throw in my 2 cents …  Well said, Don!

Grant NQ5T

> On Aug 21, 2015, at 3:05 PM, Donald Chester <k4kyv at charter.net> wrote:
>> From: "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
>> Precisely the point. Not only are we not the same, amateur radio has never
> represented a large portion of the population, but a tiny sliver. A sliver
> that is 
>> shrinking more each day.
>> So basically the argument is - you millions of people change what you want
> and what you signed, agreed, and moved into a HOA-protected development for
>> - give up what you want so that a few hundred or thousand of us who
> disagree can have what we want. Change the rules to suit us.
> So please explain how my putting up an unobtrusive antenna, such as a dipole
> strung between trees in the back yard of  my own property, in any way
> injures or violates the "rights" of other residents living  down the street?
> I'm not talking about putting up a 100 ft tower with full size 80m yagi in a
> postage-stamp size city lot, and that's not what the Amateur Radio Parity
> Act is all about.  The Parity bill would only force HOAs to word their
> restrictions in such a way as to allow "reasonable accommodation" for
> effective outdoor antennas, just as PRB-1 did with city ordinances and
> zoning laws.  Zoning laws governing tower and antenna  installations didn't
> suddenly disappear once the FCC enacted PRB-1.  
> So we only have whatever "rights" that the vast majority goes along with?
> Isn't that, by definition, mob rule? Before the 1960s, large swathes of the
> country had Jim Crowe laws that restricted the rights of certain minorities
> to live and work in certain neighbourhoods, and the majority of residents in
> those localities supported those laws, even to the point of committing
> violence in an attempt to preserve them.  It took federal intervention to
> strike down, to change the laws to "suit" those whose rights were being
> violated.  One of the reasons HOAs and CC&Rs came into existence in the
> first place was to keep "those people" (whatever creed or ethnic group you
> prefer to hate) out of neighbourhoods. I recall reading about a deed
> restriction that was struck down in the Pacific Northwest, don't remember if
> it was in Portland or Seattle, that said to the effect that the property
> could not be transferred to or used by those of "Hebrew", Asian or
> "Ethiopian" origin.
>> Pretty pathetic... 
>> It certainly explains the current political administration and prevailing
> mentality in the country far better than I ever could.
> If that were actually the case, I would say thank God said mentality is
> beginning to prevail. 
> Just my personal opinion; it's "pretty pathetic" that a licensed amateur
> radio operator would oppose a very small step towards allowing fellow hams
> to enjoy their hobby in a reasonable manner on a piece of property they
> bought, paid for and pay taxes on.  "I've got mine and therefore don't give
> a damn about anybody else."
> I keep hearing that same old broken record from the pro-HOA ilk, proclaiming
> that the Parity Act is just another piece of "liberal legislation" that
> would allow the big bad "gub'ment" one more means to violate the sanctity of
> private contracts, but if you think about it, the ongoing HOA take-over of
> American property rights and petty suppression of liberty in one's own home
> has to be one of the closest things we've ever had in this country to Soviet
> style communism.
> Don k4kyv
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