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    I live in an HOA with restrictions. I have about 40 feet between my second floor shack and a tree that is about 30 feet high. I have the EF-QUAD and I’m running it horizontal to the top of the tree. So far the performance has been great and my neighbors have no idea it is there. Currently I’m stringing it up between uses (mainly on weekends) but I’m considering leaving it up fulltime. Similar stories?


    Some observations for using EndFedz for Steath applications:
    1) Most H.O.A.’s don’t have anything that prevents temporary use. So you can (usually) pop and antenna up and take it down without problems (given that it’s safe).
    2) For those without trees — I have made mast support installations with cement and a section of PCV that will receive a 1.5″ diameter section of water pipe. This is flush to the ground. (See QRP article “A Hole in the Ground, via QRP ARCI magazine disk.) This way, you can have a robust mast to quickly attach antennas to. A fiberglass mast should be used to support the antenna, etc.
    3) Most neighbors will not object if the antenna is simple and not complicated. Further, if you pop it up and take it down (at least at first) this gives them time to get accustomed to it. It’s also wise to strategically place the antenna as descretely as possible, where it is not in their face.
    4) One way to engage those who ask is to tell them that you talk to the world with only 5-watts (much less that the 100-watts lightbulbs they read by). Or, you can limit this to being able to hear radio stations from all over the world. The key is to tell them something they can relate to, be comfortable with.
    5) Finally, if you become challenged because you leave the antenna up all the time, you can tell/show them how it goes up/down in < 5-minutes.
    72, NM4T


    Most HOAs don’t even understand all of the ways that antennas can be deployed. All of the ones I have read specify prohibiting free-standing antennas or specify the length/width/height of antennas above the rooftop. I read very carefully and there was no restriction on my very long L shaped 80m water droplet collector that I had strung in my trees. If asked, I would say that I am making sure that the trees are structurally sound.
    In fact, if you raised a tower 1 inch above the ground and banded it to a tree, you would be in compliance with your HOA, since it is not free-standing.

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