Originally Posted by dkreichen1968
I'm sure they don't even blink when people install those new HD DirecTV dishes. I'm also quite sure an adequate OTA antenna would be a lot less intrusive. In fact, I'm thinking of designing a kit to retrofit a DirecTV Dish into a high gain OTA antenna.
Originally Posted by jsmar
Just a reminder. Not that I want you to piss off your neighbors, but any covenant or local law that says you can't put an antenna on the roof is void. The FCC OTARD
rules allow you to install as big an antenna on the roof that is necessary to receive ALL your local stations reliably. If you follow the link you can find lots of cases where a homeowners association tried to work around the rule, and they lost every time.
So be the first in your neighborhood to put up an antenna. Maybe you'll start a trend!
I did pull up the Homeowner's restrictions on antennas, and your right, we can have an antenna. I'm happy with my attic installation though, and I have noticed a couple of discrete antennas out there. I've seen some really dumb satellite installation though. Below are the Homeowner Association's rules:
2.6 Antennas/Satellite Dishes.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Act) was signed into law on February 8, 1996. Pursuant to the Act, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted a rule effective October 14, 1996 (the FCC Rule), preempting certain restrictions in the governing documents of homeowner's associations concerning theinstallation, maintenance, and use of direct broadcast satellite (DBS), television broadcast (TBS), and multi point distribution service antennas (MMDS) (antennas/dishes).
In response to the FCC Rule, and due to the development of recent technology, the Architectural Committee adopted the following reasonable restrictions and guidelines governing installation, maintenance, and the use of antennas/dishes in the best interest of the Community and consistent with the FCC Rule.
A. Antenna size and type.
1. DBS and MMDS antennas/dishes that are one (1) meter (39) or less in diameter and for personal use of a homeowner may be installed. DBS and MMDS antennas/dishes larger than one (1) meter are prohibited.
2. All antennas/dishes not covered by the FCC Rule are prohibited.
1. All antennas/dishes shall be installed with emphasis on being as unobtrusive as possible to others in the community. To the extent that reception is not substantially degraded or costs unreasonably increased, all
antennas/dishes shall be screened from view from any street and nearby lots to the maximum extent possible, and placement shall be made in the following order of preference:
A. Inside the structure of the house, not visible from the street;
B. Rear yard or side yard, behind and below the fence line;
C. Rear yard or side yard, mounted on the house, in the least visible location below roofline;
D. Side yard in front of wing fence, screened by and integrated into landscaping;
E. Front yard screened by and integrated into landscaping;
F. Back rooftop.
If more than one (1) location on the property allows for adequate reception without imposing unreasonable expense or delay, the order of preference described above shall be used, and the least visible site shall be selected. Dishes/antennas may not be attached to the fence.
2. If the selected site is not inside the structure or in the rear or side yard below the fence line (B.1.a. and B.1.b.), the Owner shall complete a notification form and deliver it to the Association, along with a statement
signed by the Owner and the installer of the antenna/dish stating that all positions, described in paragraph B.1., have been tried in order of rank, and that the site of installation is the first site whereby an acceptable
quality signal can be received. For example, if an acceptable quality signal is available from a site in the rear yard below fence level, sites listed below B.1.b. (c., d., e., and f.) are not acceptable.
3. Antennas/dishes shall not encroach upon common areas or any other Owner's property.
1. All installations must comply with all applicable building codes and other governmental regulations, and must be secured so they do not jeopardize the safety of residents or cause damage to adjacent properties.
Any mast installation must strictly comply with FCC guidelines.
2. All antennas/dishes shall be no larger, nor installed more visibly, than is necessary for reception of an acceptable signal.
3. Owners are responsible for all costs associated with the antenna/dish, including but are not limited to costs to install, replace, repair, maintain, relocate, or remove the unit.
4. All cabling must be run internally when feasible, must be securely attached, and must be as inconspicuous as possible. Antennas/dishes, masts, and any visible wiring may be required to be painted to match the
color of the structure to which they are attached. The owner should check with the installer/vendor for the appropriate type of paint.
5. Except as otherwise provided herein above, to the extent not prohibited by the FCC Rule, approval of the location, height, materials and other features regarding the appearance of any antenna/dish shall be submitted in accordance with the Community Declaration.
Note: Antenna registration with the Architectural Committee in no way should be construed as a representation, guarantee, or warranty, etc. by the Architectural Committee and/or the Highlands Ranch Community Association, Inc. that reception and/or transmission signals will be adequate or will remain undisturbed by vegetation or improvements located on surrounding properties.
All other antennas, not addressed above, shall remain restricted on all residential sites and Committee approval is required.