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I wholeheartedly agree with you, Reverend. I hate HOA’s with a passion. I know they ALL aren’t bad, but it’s the bad ones that get the press. 🙂 It’s not right that someone else can dicatate everything you can or can’t do with your property. Luckily I don’t live in an HOA-governed area. I received a letter from a real-estate in the area about 3 or 4 years ago. The real-estate agent is also a ham, and in his letter said that he could assist in locating ham-friendly properties. I kept that letter and contacted him a year later when my wife and I were ready to purchase our first home. That real-estate agent is now a good friend. He was able to obtain written permission for another ham to erect a tower at a condo he wanted to purchase!!! I would call that an accomplishment.
I operate casually here and there, but certainly not on a regular basis. Although I could get away with installing whatever I want on my property or in my yard, I choose to keep things fairly stealth and low-key. My only antenna, at this time, is a full-wave loop that is up around 30 feet. I installed it while my neighbors were on vacation. 🙂 I get along just fine with my neighbors; I just like to maintain a low profile. The 450 ohm window line is visible from the front yard this time of year with no foliage in the trees, but you still have to kind of look up there for it. It’s completely visible from the back yard all year round. Nobody has mentioned it. Nobody has said anything to me about it, so I am completely unaware of any interference I might be causing. I do know, however, that I haven’t interfered with ANYTHING in my own home since installing the loop antenna.
I ordered an AMT3000 transmitter yesterday. I planned on building the base-loaded antenna and install everything on my roof, but I am seriously considering putting up a tilt-over mast at the back of my property just to keep with the stealth “theme”. I’m going to start another thread about what I want to do and ask for input.