Installing the Tram 1465 NMO Ground Plane Kit in an HOA!

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  1. W5KV

    W5KV XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Installing the Tram 1465 NMO ground plane kit that was found on Amazon for less than $25. I'm in an HOA so need to keep a low profile, and this antenna does just that!

    Antenna this go around will be a Comet CA 2X4SR (wide-band) antenna.

    Have lots of NMO antennas that you'd like to test out? This is the option for you!

    Extremely stealthy due to the thinness of the whip and overall footprint of the antenna. Weighs next to nothing so it can be easily attached to a vent pipe on the roof!

    KL4IU likes this.
  2. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe this is just a minor point, but I have never understood people writing blogs and making videos about their stealth antennas that they need to hide from their local HOA... ;)
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  3. W0PZD

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    Not many HOAs read QRZ. WOPZD
    AE7IE, AC7DD, N5PZJ and 1 other person like this.
  4. N4FLF

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    Interesting product could see it's usefulness especially if you have a bunch of unused NMO's laying around. I'm in a similar circumstance maintaining a low-profile not everyone is as blessed having the ability to erect a large aerial farm but make-do with what you have. It's a real challenge at time but there are ways adding to the enjoyment.
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  5. W2AI

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    It's sad these same people have to live as that on property that they own..........but that's their choice.
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  6. W2AI

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    Most of them don't allow outside antennas.
  7. N4FLF

    N4FLF Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's a matter of compromise in many instances a secure. well maintained community verses acreage. I had both and now that I'm nearing retirement age I don't miss maintaining two-acres of front lawn. Some HOA's are better than others my annual HOA payment is a whopping $85 still it's a secure nice close knit community. Neighbors are aware of my hobby and antennas in the back yard; dual band vertical and a G5RV Jr. For the amount of time I use radio and I'm more a listener than a talker it works for me. I have another amateur two blocks away who earned WAS, WAC and DXCC using a stealthy 6-BTV in his back yard.
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  8. AE7XG

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    I liked your comments on ccnr and hoa , most people would not understand.
    I also left A 1 acre piece of land to be closer to my kids. HOA has not said anything about my higain vertical,and it works.
    N4FLF likes this.
  9. N7WY

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    HOA enforcement of CC&Rs varies geographically and with time. We are not allowed to have any antennas or trees the HOA did not plant. Still, across the street there are 2 forests of trees. Regarding the trade-off of mowing 2 acres and having a good antenna vs not mowing and hiding a poor antenna, I'm going with mowing and a Yagi. 73, Bob R - PS - check the 2nd picture on my QRZ page - Cheyenne has more CC&Rs than any place, but the taxes here are almost NIL.
  10. N4FLF

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    I can appreciate having the necessary acreage I'm just returning to the hobby after a long absence family responsibilities took precedence. After moving beyond my days of motorcycling and boating amateur radio is pretty sedate and in my case significantly cheaper. Know all about the risks involved with inclement weather having withstood numerous Florida tropical storms and the occasional hurricane. I suspect if I had a tower and large array I would spend considerable time either worrying or dismantling each time a hurricane warning appeared. Witnessed my share of very expensive antenna arrays being twisted beyond repair during major wind producing storms.
  11. N6CAL

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    I have a lame HOA.

    I took a round outdoor table with a center hole for a 1.5" umbrella pipe and installed 20' of mast tube for my 2M antenna. and anchored it down.

    They are unable to find anything in the rules against it so far. Its not attached or permanent.
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  12. KK5JY

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    Does that mean that they are actively looking? Wow...
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  13. N6CAL

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    Yes, they sent me a letter about when I installed it to the roof. I then moved it and they sent another letter asking me to remove it. I refused and asked under what rule, they have nothing. the "President" told me in the parking lot that they will find a rule that it is unacceptable.

    Nothing like "owning" a home. Never again a HOA.
  14. KK5JY

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  15. VE3TMT

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    The same hams that insist on running amplifiers.

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