[AMRadio] Ants and HOA's

WA5VGO hbrnut at suddenlink.net
Sun Aug 6 15:36:47 EDT 2017

This all makes perfect sense. Too bad other developments don't follow this practice. I do believe some HOS's have gone too far and that many board members are small people with huge egos. 

I'm all for personal property freedom. However, it's the age old question-when does one person's freedom start infringing on someone else's? To me, when my neighbor's decisions begin to negatively affect my investment, they've crossed a line. I would expect them to view my actions the same way. 

By the way, Houston is the largest city in the world with no zoning. And I mean none whatsoever. Without something in place to protect property value you can imagine what would ensue. 


> On Aug 6, 2017, at 2:07 PM, <w5jo at brightok.net> <w5jo at brightok.net> wrote:
> I live in an area that was incorporated in the mid 70s  which has CC&Rs. Fortunately they cover the bad stuff, too many animals, abandoned cars, temporary housing of any kind, goats, pigs, cows, horses, chickens and it is designated as residential property.  Problem is some owners have sold direct to other people without a Real Estate Agent, so the Covenants do not get passed along.  There is no Home Owner's Association as such, but an individual can sue any offending party.  That has prevented a lot of problems with unsightly lots and acres.
> Not only that but the residents here purchase property for sale to keep the area neat.  Now the good part!  There are no restrictions against towers or antennas of any sort.  I have up a 60 ft. self supporting tower with a 4 element beam and wire antennas for the lower bands.  When I moved here I asked my closest neighbor if he minded the presence of my antenna.  He works with the volunteer fire department and said, Hell No, that gives us communication possibilities should the need arise.  In return, I put the antenna is an area that makes it less noticeable  and decorate it each Christmas with flashing lights and a star on top.
> However, because of some problems in other areas, I have been involved with lawyers over a challenge.  One thing is indisputable, all covenants  must be enforced  or all are void.  To make matters worse, many HOAs pay association dues which goes into a bank account for enforcing the covenants.  So if you have restrictions against antennas the only you can put up are dish antennas for TV.  However if you can convince the association to give you a waver, you hit pay dirt.  This happened in Lubbock, TX some years back and it resulted in new membership on the HOA board, but the guy still has his tower up.
> Jim
> W5JO
> -----Original Message----
> I'm not speaking in terms of antennas. I'm speaking to the whole concept of HOA's. You have to take or reject the entire package. Naturally, I believe modest antennas don't create a problem. All I'm saying is that for most people, the good outweighs the bad. I do believe it's a shame they're necessary, but there are always a couple of jerks that are hell-bent on destroying the property valves of everyone around them. It's a cross section of America. 10% of the people create 90% of the problems.
> Darrell
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