HOA & Amateur Radio
I have been fortunate enough to receive an exemption from the HOA and management company who oversees are development. Since the original exemption of a Hustler 6BTV, I have upgraded to a SteppIR BigIR and a 5-band hex beam at 30' (max currently).
I received my monthly mailer informing me about the upcoming HOA meeting, which takes place each month. There was a notice that two board positions are currently open. Would you run for one of these positions? Do you think it would be be beneficial or potentially be more of a conflict? Of course my motives are purely my own for my hobby.
What would you do?
*edit* Yeah, I know the first thing you wouldn't do, move into an HOA controlled home, overlook that fact for a moment.
Run, you should do this for the neighborhood anyway but at least can diffuse any possible issue before to much momentum gets behind it.
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"I wouldn't be a member of any organization that would have me as a member."
But seriously, when I lived in an HOA back in '88-'89 and wanted them to not only ditch the by-laws but shelve the covenants altogether as an experiment (which worked out very well -- AFAIK, they never paid any attention to them again in the following 21 years), I not only "ran" for the Board, I ran for president of the Board.
Absolutely nobody there knew me, since we just moved in, but the elections were the following month and this was an unpaid position (quite key) which was work for no profit, so it's not exactly an "in demand" job.
I took my daughter and walked the complex a few nights, ringing every doorbell and introducing myself. "I'm your new neighbor Steve, and I'd like your vote for HOA president."
A month later, I got elected.
The incumbent in this case didn't even run -- he was a busy accountant and the HOA responsibilities were interfering with his job, so he backed off.
I'd say go for it, and better still, take the damned thing over if you can.
Steve, I remember you telling me your experiences. I will have to see just how much time I have, but I am sure it would not require too much effort to "win" a seat on the board.
Also, I don't expect any issues down the line with the antennas, but you never know. Maybe a disgruntled person who has it in for the HOA and ends up complaining about the "unsightly" antennas. I will look into this further.
Go for it if you are inclined to!
Don't just take it to the system, BE the system!!
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-Otto Watt Sept. 5 1925
Go for it. Win one for the SteppIR.
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What hath God wrought?
He hath wrought that pounding brass still kicks .- ... ...
Just wondering if any of the folks telling you to run have ever been on one of those boards.
I was President of a small condo board (about 400 units) for a few years in the mid 70's. Everyone thought that meant I was the janitor and would personally shovel their cars out of their spaces in a winter storm.
That cured me.
WIK has had previous experience from our exchanges. I am just thinking back to the meetings I attended and how pissed off owners were, to the point of being belligerent at the meetings when discussing their reasons for being there. So while my motives maybe be good for me and me only, not sure I want to hear problems of others when nearly everyone in this association is in violation of something, including me.