• Petitioned Federal Communications Commission

This petition was delivered to:

Federal Communications Commission
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Sen. Edward Markey
Rep. Greg Walden

Void antenna restrictions by homeowner's associations and developers

    1. Petition by

      Tim Cotton

      Vero Beach, FL

For 100 years amateur radio has played a vital role in the technological development of the United States and continues to do so today. Thousands of scientists and engineers got started in electronics and communications careers as a result of an early interest in amateur radio. Many of today’s scientists and engineers, as well as others in less technical fields, continue to enjoy amateur radio. Amateur radio is an activity that has a demonstrated history of “paying off” for society.

Radio amateurs have a proud tradition of making their skills and equipment available for backup and auxiliary emergency communications in times of disaster - at no cost to taxpayers. The Amateur Radio Service provides a layer of redundancy - a most desirable feature of any communications system.

Unreasonable and unnecessary land use restrictions are now near universal in prohibiting the erection of antennas essential for amateur radio communications in most residential developments constructed in recent decades. Homeowner’s and property owner’s associations have usurped the legitimate authority of the Federal Communications Commission in this area of telecommunications. This has had a detrimental effect upon the development of the Amateur Radio Service and, as a consequence, it has had a negative effect upon our ability to provide emergency communications during times of disaster.

We request the Federal Communications Commission to take whatever steps are necessary to immediately void all existing private land use restrictions dealing with antennas used for the transmission or reception of radio signals and to disallow any future creation of such restrictions by private homeowner’s and property owner’s associations. We further request that the Federal Communications Commission consider the establishment of reasonable criteria for permitting the erection of antennas in private residential areas.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Chris Wiegand AURORA, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am restricted to antennas (or towers) no taller than 10 feet. With that kind of restriction, it's extremely difficult for me to participate in any activity or training that involves long-distance contacts. I think Congress should give the FCC the explicit authority to require that all government AND government-like entities, including all HOAs and similar organizations where a property owner must comply with the regulations thereof, must all meet PRB-1-like regulations, including what does and does not constitute a reasonable limitations on antennas for amateur radio use.

      • about 2 years ago

      After paid taxes for my equipment, shipping charges, this activities contribute to the economy, generate employment and activity that construct good values to our kids keeping in family activities and out of the streets. for this and much more i think its not fair to enjoy your property as you want related to ham radio.

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    • Kenn Burnell QUEEN CREEK, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me because I am part of a regional Emergency Communications Group, live in an HOA area and need to have a small vertical antenna to communicate with. The present regulations are too restrictive.

    • Russell Lamm WERNERSVILLE, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Amatuer radio needs OUTSIDE antennas to have effective emergency communication. Imagine the cell phone service with a few outdoor cell towers or only indoor cell towers.

    • Alice Castellano HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      In an emergency hams can be a lifeline for everyone, and they need the right antennas to be able to communicate well.


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