Two of the of the biggest issues I face in trying to make contacts are HOA's and that I am surrounded by one of the most un-amateur radio friendly building materials on the planet. That material is stucco. Stucco is probably the most popular building material here in Southern California. For those not too familiar with stucco here is a quick explanation of it and what makes it so bad. Stucco is a plaster that is used for coating exterior walls. What makes it so bad is that under the plaster the entire structure is wrapped in "chicken" wire. A close up of stucco!