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Hello,


I have question-


I own a single-family home that is governed by a

homeowners association. I already have 2 Dish Network

satellite dishes installed. Can I also install an OTA

antenna for UHF (about 7' long) with a rotator on my rooftop,

attached to the chimney by a mast? If I have interpreted

the FCC rules correctly, they seem to allow this, and

pre-empt any local regulations if

the mast is less than 12' long. Can I also add a VHF antenna

to this combination? These antennas will be visible from the

street and from neighboring houses.


These antennae will receive DTV/ HDTV broadcasts from

stations that are < 40 miles away. (San Francisco Bay Area).

I sent a letter to the association stating my intent but

they are not replying- perhaps they wish to delay this as

much as possible. No one else in my neighborhood has

OTA antennas, so they may be scared of setting a precedent.


Thanks in advance for your reply.



[This message has been edited by ram (edited 08-14-2001).]
 

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Yes, you can install a "conventional" antenna that is designed to receive over-the-air television broadcasts. The FCC rules specifically address this issue.


You are not required to obtain "permission" from the HOA as this is an "unreasonable delay" as outlined in the FCC rules.


The HOA is probably not responding to your letter because their permission is not required.


HOWEVER, your HOA may have rules that address the safety aspect of the installation. Are there any such rules in your HOA guidelines?


Cheers,



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Quote:
Originally posted by ram:

I sent a letter to the association stating my intent but

they are not replying- perhaps they wish to delay this as

much as possible.
It was nice of you to send the courtesy letter to your HOA. But you don't need to wait for a reply; under FCC rules they can't require you to get their permission or a permit. Just go ahead with the install.



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You have a right to install OTA and dish antennas on property under your control.


See http://www.fcc.gov/csb/facts/otard.html
 

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Thanks folks.


I am not aware of any safety guidelines in

our HOA rules.


I guess the FCC size restrictions apply only

to satellite dishes, not OTA antennas.


I am familiar with FCC OTARD, but today's

posting was prompted in part because an installer

who visited got cold feet when he figured a HOA

was involved. I would have overruled his hesitation,

but I do not want to pay again to have the antenna(s)

torn down later.


The HOA is not even returning phone calls!
 

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I would agree; install away. The FCC rules are clear on this subject. If it's under 12 feet in length, you have the right to install.


Enjoy HDTV from San Francisco!


Dan

Jealous in Chicago (no PBS, no CBS OTA...)

Wishing I had KQED-DT
 

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HOA's typically don't get into safety issues mainly because the governing city takes care of that. If you do not ground the antenna properly or fasten it in such a manner that poses a risk of falling, the city B&S department can make you fix it or get rid of it.


Just use approved mounts, ground it according the the NEC, a good plan can be found in just about any VCR orTV owners amnual. And use commen sense with mounting methods.
 
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