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How to Get HOA Approval for Antennas

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Antennas Meeting HOA Requirements

Recently, ARCA members discussed antennas that meet HOA requirements.  My HOA, Columbia, does allow HAM antennas under a set of rules shared by many Bay Farm associations. In particular, two restrictions are key to satisfying these rules:

1. Height (for aesthetics) - the antenna must not be higher than 12 feet from the point of attachment.

2. Length (for neighbor safety) - the length of the mast plus the antenna from the point of attachment should not be greater than the distance to the property line.

I recently received approval for a VHF-UHF antenna and a (shortened) 20-40 MHz dipole by designing an installation meeting these concerns.

You can look over my submission to the Architectural Committee (click here) to get a better idea of my approach and how I documented it. It discusses Columbia's areas of concern and shows how my antennas address them.

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