Approaching an HOA
April, 2008 I presented my case of gaining an exemption from the management company and the HOA board of directors to allow me to erect a 6BTV (24') in my backyard. They agreed to a month to month trial period, but nearly 15 months later I have never received any complaint regarding the antenna or any interference. Recently I bought an erected a new SteppIR BigIR Mk III (36') in the same spot as where the 6BTV was.
Looking at it now, the size is definitely more noticeable than the 6BTV was. Unfortunately, I am not lucky enough to have any trees in my yard to help "hide" the antenna. My question is, would you contact the HOA management company and tell them of this upgrade or just go along, business as usual as if nothing has happened?
I feel I have a good working relationship with the management company and the board of directors at this point in time. I provide them with information and monthly logs to keep up to date on my operating habits.
What would you do?
Well, if I were telling them about it, I would say that I had replaced the older antenna with a 'more attractive' one that looks more like a flagpole. Indeed, can't the SteppIR be used as a flagpole for at least a small flag?
Personally, I think I'd wait to see if anybody even notices the difference. And if they do, then I'd say "Gee, I thought this was a nicer looking antenna/flagpole".
Oh, and their website says it's 32 feet not 36 -
Last edited by K0RGR; 07-02-2009 at 05:14 PM.
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Was your original authorization from the HOA in writing? If so, how specific was it? Did it state specific model of antenna or specific height limitation? Are the same HOA officers in place as the ones who originally gave the approval?
Originally Posted by W6ONV
It is probably a good bet that someone saw you put up the new, taller, one and is already bitching about it around the neighborhood. So you can hope that whoever noticed it doesn't care, or doesn't know the difference between 24 feet and 32 feet. But there's probably a good chance that you'll be hearing about it from the HOA eventually, now.
If not, don't rock the boat. If you go back now after the fact and tell them that you exceeded their original authorization, they'd probably see that as a challenge to their authority and just revoke it altogether and tell you take it down. If you were going to ask permission the time to do it was before putting up the new one. Now it's too late.
"What Hump?" Marty Feldman...
Seriously? I'd not mention it, chances are no one will notice.
32 feet...gah! I knew that! The only thing that was entered into writing was my original presentation/petition I provided each member of the board and the woman from the management company. Everything else was verbally agreed upon.
As for neighbors, thankfully the backyard is next to a parkway and the next closest house is across the street, which is NOT included in our association. The neighbors around me, have had no issues with the originally erected antenna, but I would reconfirm with them prior to going to the HOA and presenting them a new proposal.
I actually emailed the management company telling the manager what I did over the past 2 days. I explained about the change in height and she was going to forward the e-mail to the board members. If needed I might be called to attend the upcoming HOA meeting to give them a new proposal.
Based on my reply from the manager, she seems pretty agreeable to everything I have done the past year with the vertical and erected a second wire antenna during contest weekends. I just wanted to the opinions of other hams.
If the HOA wasn't being friendly about it I would just keep my mouth shut but since it seems they have been very accommodating I would think that in this case it is better to be up front about everything.
I would never live in the first place where someone could tell me what i could/could not do on my property. Love my mountains and country living!!
I agree, however I have mountains and desert. As far as what to do goes, I would be up front and tell them about it. It sounds like the neighbors on either side don't seem to care, and those across the street have no say. Just tell them you moved it up a little so you wouldn't hit your head on it when you mow the grass.
Originally Posted by WR8D