Originally Posted by tylerSC
According to FCC OTARD regulations, it is against the law for a homeowner's association to ban outside antennas.
Close, but no cigar!
From http://www.fcc.gov/guides/over-air-reception-devices-ruleQ: If I live in a condominium or an apartment building, does this rule apply to me?
A: The rule applies to antenna users who live in a multiple dwelling unit building, such as a condominium or apartment building, if the antenna user has an exclusive use area in which to install the antenna. "Exclusive use" means an area of the property that only you, and persons you permit, may enter and use to the exclusion of other residents. For example, your condominium or apartment may include a balcony, terrace, deck or patio that only you can use, and the rule applies to these areas. The rule does not apply to common areas, such as the roof, the hallways, the walkways or the exterior walls of a condominium or apartment building. Restrictions on antennas installed in these common areas are not covered by the Commission's rule. For example, the rule would not apply to restrictions that prevent drilling through the exterior wall of a condominium or rental unit and thus restrictions may prohibit installation that requires such drilling.Q: Does the rule apply to condominiums or apartment buildings if the antenna is installed so that it hangs over or protrudes beyond the balcony railing or patio wall?
A: No. The rule does not prohibit restrictions on antennas installed beyond the balcony or patio of a condominium or apartment unit if such installation is in, on, or over a common area. An antenna that extends out beyond the balcony or patio is usually considered to be in a common area that is not within the scope of the rule. Therefore, the rule does not apply to a condominium or rental apartment unit unless the antenna is installed wholly within the exclusive use area, such as the balcony or patio.
...you can always place the antenna in the attic unless you are in a problematic signal reception area. I receive stations from 75 miles with an attic antenna and preamp.
An attic antenna often provides reception nearly as good as a roof antenna and isn't subject to wind damage.
Reception issues are often unique to a location's circumstances. For example I receive seven channels from Vancouver, BC, 50+ miles away, using an amplified indoor antenna.
The unique circumstances at my location are that the major Vancouver channels all broadcast from locations close to each other at about 2000 ft. elevation within Mt. Seymour Provincial Park. At only 200 ft. elevation I have close to a LOS view only impeded by nearby tree branches and a wood wall. A roof antenna would be behind the same tree branches as my indoor antenna, just be ten feet higher.Edited by fallingwater - 9/2/12 at 11:26am