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The bane of many a ham or potential ham, CCRs are a huge detriment in some areas to being able to erect an antenna suitable for your purposes. Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions are a fact of life, and may be enacted by condominium associations or town councils. In essence, they tell you where you can park your car, what color to paint your house, when to water your lawn, and most importantly, what you may attach or construct, including antennas.

In some cases these CC&Rs have become so restrictive that they have been taken to court, and some relief has been the result. Satellite television antennas must be allowed in most areas now, and the ARRL was successful at obtaining some relief from local government zoning restrictions via a bill called PRB-1. The bill provides for limited federal preemption of municipal land use regulations for Amateur Radio installations, but it certainly does not provide a blanket nullification of these restrictive rules.

At any rate, it is important to know what the rules are before you plunk down your hard-earned money to purchase that 8-element beam and the 100' tower to mount it on. On the other hand, it is also useful to know that a substantial number of alternative solutions have been created to allow amateurs an opportunity to get on the air via "stealth" antennas and others that are less obtrusive, even attic hideaways.

ARRL has posted a type of flow chart to explore this topic in more detail and help plan installations:

There are many innovative work-around ideas available, as noted. Here are some links:

Don't despair if you are faced with what might to look like insurmountable restrictions ... the creative juices have been flowing for years, and there is almost certainly a solution that will work for you.

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  • Well, you can always use HamSphere.com which is based on the same principles of shortwave radio. Then you can forget about the CCR.

    2010-08-25 02:51:15

  • MFJ link is broken :(

    2009-04-07 13:40:46 (burner50 See Profile)

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