Donations needed for Amateur Radio Antenna Defense Foundation

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  1. N6VI

    N6VI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Radio Amateurs involved in the ongoing struggle to secure reasonable accommodation for Ham antennas have formed a new California public-benefit corporation to receive tax-deductible donations from those wishing help support litigation against local jurisdictions that ignore federal and state preemption statutes.

    Chief Financial Officer Marty Woll N6VI announced at last weekend’s International DX Convention in Visalia, CA that the Amateur Radio Antenna Defense Foundation, or ARADF, has just been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. “Amateurs seeking to install antennas and support structures may jump through local regulatory hoops, sometimes paying significant fees in the process, only to be turned down or to be burdened with severe restrictions that preclude effective communication”, said Woll. “Turning to the courts can be prohibitively costly for the Ham, while cities have taxpayer-funded attorneys on staff, giving them the upper hand. The goal of ARADF is to help level the playing field with financial assistance that will allow deserving antenna lawsuits to go forward.”

    ARRL also has a committee that has helped fund antenna litigation around the country, but it focuses primarily on cases that have reached the appellate level. ARADF will concentrate on lower-court cases and is supportive of but not affiliated with the American Radio Relay League.

    ARADF’s Board of Directors includes Woll, Volunteer Counsel Leonard Shaffer WA6QHD, former ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard W6XD, and U.C. San Diego adjunct professor Gayle Olson K6GO. All directors of the Foundation serve without compensation.

    Tax-deductible contributions can be made payable to Amateur Radio Antenna Defense Foundation and mailed to ARADF, P.O. Box 5434, Chatsworth, CA 91313-5434. Questions may be directed to
    ARADF@SOCAL.RR.COM. A Web site is under construction.
  2. AC8EO

    AC8EO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Move or buy a shack out in the country...
  3. K6FI

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    That was helpful. Not everyone buy a home based on antenna restrictions or not. So comeback to reality Mark.
  4. K6FAF

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    This certainly is a good thing for all the hams in more populated areas than where we are. However, we still had our problems, limitations to the hight, placement, blueprints etc.; and we are outside city limits, in the County!!

    This is a good thing to be there to help, no doubt.

    Yeah, you can buy 5 acres in the country, no doubt, if you want to drive 50 +50 miles a day from home to work..... those are the distances from Riverside to here...
  5. W6EM

    W6EM Ham Member QRZ Page

    So does Congress......
  6. N5TGL

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    If it was that simple, we'd all be doing that.
  7. AA1MN

    AA1MN Ham Member QRZ Page

    This was also helpful. But not everyone enjoys viewing unsightly amateur radio antennas, towers, or both in their neighborhood - in fact, some of us, myself included, consider them aesthetically unappealling (that's means 'eyesore'). So come back to reality yourself, Dwayne.

  8. W5HTW

    W5HTW Ham Member QRZ Page

    The only way a tower and beam would be aesthetically pleasing would be to the ham who owns one. The neighbors, though, who bought into that HOA hoping it would continue to be aesthetically pleasing, would likely be very disconcerted.

    I just can't believe hams are so selfish that they want exemptions for their hobby, but they would sure gripe is the guy next door was raising goats as his hobby. Or building and testing hot rod engines. HOA's have restrictions to try to please the residents -- the majority of the residents, not one single resident. They are created by a group, agreed upon by a group, and followed by the group. That is democracy at work. You do have a choice; follow the rules or move.

    While I live in the country now, with no restrictions, that has not always been true. During the times I lived under restrictions, I operated mobile, even took the antenna off the car when I wasn't using it, so it would not be obtrusive.

    I agree, if amateur radio is the important thing in your life, you need to avoid living in places it is restricted. If you can't, then you need to find other ways to enjoy the hobby, such as mobile, portable in the mountains, at a club station, or using indoor antennas for VHF. I do not believe that by nature of our hobby we are exempted from the rules that apply to the general citizenship.

  9. K6FI

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    Nice to have a Ham Radio Operator who does not like aesthetically unappealing antennas in our mist.
  10. N8YX

    N8YX Ham Member QRZ Page

    One man's meat is another man's poison.

    The HOA-bound ham also has as a possible option the use of 'stealth' antennas...6BTVs hidden in flagpoles, VHF/UHF verticals disguised as soil-stack pipes, rooftop VHF/UHF log periodics which resemble TV antennas. There are workable alternatives to a large tower.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2010
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