FCC and ARRL want your input on HOA Antenna Restrictions

Discussion in 'Survival Communications' started by BTPost, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Do you live in a CC&R- restricted community or participate in EmCom
    activities? Have deed restrictions / HOA covenants prevented you from
    erecting amateur radio antennas? Have these restrictions prevented you
    from full participation in emergency communications activities during

    If your answer is "Yes", ARRL needs to hear about your experience.

    As you are probably aware, Congress has directed the FCC to conduct a
    study of the uses and capabilities of Amateur Radio Service
    communications in emergencies and disaster relief. The FCC was
    directed to identify " impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio Service
    communications, such as the effects of unreasonable or unnecessary
    private land use restrictions on residential antenna installations".
    Finally, the study is to make "recommendations regarding the removal of
    such impediments."

    The FCC has issued a Public Notice - DA 12-523- soliciting input from
    the public as part of their study. The ARRL is gathering comments from
    the Amateur Radio community to present as part of its comments on the
    public notice.

    The ARRL is looking specifically for input in two specific areas:
    - Recent Amateur Radio involvement in actual emergency communications
    and disaster relief;
    - Specific details about how CC&Rs and other private land use
    restrictions have impaired licensed Amateurs to participate fully in
    these disaster relief communications.

    If your ability to participate in ARES, RACES, SKYWARN, CERT, or other
    emergency and disaster relief communications has been limited because
    the inability to have adequate antennas due to CC&Rs, you are asked to
    provide that information to the ARRL.

    First, we recommend that you prepare a narrative of your exact
    situation, in as much detail as practical. Some areas for you to
    consider in writing your story might be:
    - Were there alternative properties without CC&Rs in the area you
    wished to reside?
    - What exactly does your CC&R allow / prohibit (please include a copy
    of the specific wording)
    - Have you applied for a waiver of the CC&R with the Home Owner's
    Association / Architectural Review Committee but were denied? If so,
    what was the reason?

    To assist you in sharing your information with the ARRL, please visit
    the special ARRL website built to allow you to readily provide the
    pertinent information at CCR Study Information

    This page will present you with an overview of what we are asking and
    have links to the two forms for you to complete. Please be as factual
    as you can with the information you provide and please provide only
    information about events and activities in which you were directly

    If you wish to write out the details of your situation in advance,
    please do so. They can be either uploaded from the website or they can
    be sent as an email attachment to an email sent to CCRinfo@arrl.org

    Keep in mind that the FCC study does not apply to ordinances and zoning
    laws implemented by the government - such as towns, cities or counties.
    PRB-1 covers those situations.

    TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Congress directed that the FCC provide the
    report back within 180-days and that clock is already counting. The
    FCC is only accepting comments for a 45-day period, which will end May
    17,2012. In order for the ARRL to collate your information in a common
    report, we ask that you send in your information no later than WEDNESDAY
    APRIL 25. If you need more information, please contact reginfo@arrl.org
    The time to act is NOW!

    Dan Henderson, N1ND
    Regulatory Information Manager
    ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio

    ARRL Midwest Division
    Director: Cliff Ahrens, K0CA
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  2. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    PRB-1 works; I used it in Michigan. Hopefully, the ARRL will get some relief for Hams with restrictive covenants.
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