If not passed before they adjourn we start over with the next Congress.
Here is a partial quote from the ARRL Bulletin:
"Urging your US Senators' support is simple: Go to our Rally Congress
, enter your ZIP code, fill in your name and address, press enter,
and e-mails will go directly to your Senators. Members may do this
even if they have already contacted their US Senators for support.
There are no guarantees, Lisenco has pointed out. "In order to have
a chance at overcoming political obstacles that have little or
nothing to do with the legislation, we need our voices to be heard,"
he said. "And we need that input today!""
Apparently Senator Nelson of Florida has put a hold on the House bill effectively preventing it from coming to a vote in the Senate. You Florida hams need to contact your Senator Nelson and ask that he release the hold, which apparently has nothing to do with our actual legislation.
This needs to be done now.
The ARRL reply button rejected my click, as I'd already done that.
I instead logged into Senator Bill Nelson's web site and wrote a personal message. I believe these personal messages are more effective, than the canned ones. Also being in Florida helps.
I encourage all Florida hams to write Bill, directly on his web page.
I reminded him that hams spurred much of the technology and communications that we now take for granted now and him having been is space, he should be fully aware of that.
I also told him that both "sides" of this legislation have come together and now support this non-controversial legislation, and for him to hold it hostage, for other purposes is just not acceptable.
Florida hams, we need your help
Brent Parker W8XG
We're returning to MN and we have a realtor on board and I have made contact with relevant city departments for zoning and permits related to ham antennas. It turns out that they have virtually no objections unless you want a tower that can fall on your neighbor. It can be done., and apparently within 30 minutes of the Twin Cities, and no HOA. We won't even look at an online picture of a house in an HOA.
And, even better, for me anyway, once nested in the new QTH an already XYL approved new Flex 6500 will be added.
That said, the Parity Act is not all of what we want or need but the reality is we better take what we can get. Chip away at every chance. Or do nothing. I prefer doing something and if it only takes a chip out of the HOA wall, so be it. Every chip helps.
So not everyone agrees. That's okay. Those who do need to apply what pressure they can.
Burt, who may no longer be on this forum gave many of us a hard time about wanting to "break" our covenant agreements that we signed when we bought our properties. I had issues with this because I think that many covenants, including ours are too restrictive.
I don't seek to "break" but rather to modify. IE if the parity act passes I expect that it will make it more possible to modify covenants. Yes it will take time, piss people off, cost money but I think for me that will not really be the case.
I'm looking for the parity act as a fall back that if some day someone spots my wire and says what the hell? I will have something to back me up even in the slightest.
So I agree with chipping away. I certainly don't expect to put up a massive tower and beam but an almost invisible wire should be acceptable and I hope the parity act makes it possible for me to stand up to our HOA if it ever comes up.
On the flip side, one reason I'm sticking with FlexRadio is that I still have this dream of a true remote station. In my ideal world I'd buy or lease a small piece of land in a nice elevated location. Build a nice brick structure, put up a tower and a beam, set up line-of-slight LAN connection to my house and be able to run my station completely remotely.
This is a ways off both financially and practically but it is a dream and I think flex offers the best options at this.
I have found some rather nice mountain top properties for sale. I've found one owner that was interested in leasing out a piece of his large land. I didn't get into pricing but he didn't seem to mind when I suggested leasing a small square plot to build a building and mount a a tower and beam.
What would be even better would be to find a ham that want to share the expense of building and putting up a tower and we could pool resources for equipment. If this person lived in a good area then it might be a good way to go.
I'm waiting for Flex to really nail the WAN version of SSDR before I go to something like this but I do think this is how I will end up someday. My gear will be some miles away.
External Antenna Resstrictions started to appear in the 1960's when cable companies PAID developers to ban TV antennas so that they could force homeowners to buy cable TV.
OTARD - over the air receiving devices came into effect in 1995 when Direct TV paid off congress to allow external satellite. Dishes.
Since lawyers are lazy, they normally just copy the last set of CC&R with no thought whatsoever.
In California it is virtually impossible to buy a house without CC&R. This is made worse because cities insist on CC&R as part of a development plan and they love the Franchise Fees from cable TV.
FOLLOW THE MONEY
One consequence of CC&R's in California is that the few properties without them are significantly more valuable than those that have them
My street's CC&R expired in 1997 which resulted in a huge construction boom of mega mansions that.were illegal before plus my tower. Our property values have soared 400%
BTW. The price boom on my street puts a lie to the claim that antennas hurt property values.
HOAs are evil.
They turn neighbors against neighbors. They invade the sanctity of land and home ownership. They contribute to the collective (or maybe just a few) in the one place where being somewhat selfish should be acceptable. They take freedoms away. They are unavoidable in many cases and exclusive in all cases. And we pay money to them to fund their control. Just another tax.
HOAs are evil.
Let me apologize for posting the subject initially but decisions such as these in DC directly impact my enjoyment of the hobby and dampens my motivation to spend many thousands on new gear; it's depressing on so many levels. May be for others as well.
Ok, that's what I know this morning and now y'all know.
Enough of this use of bandwidth, I have done what I can.
Back to Flex tech talk, always useful and interesting.
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