taz291819 wrote:And HOA's cannot force you to not have a dish, that's against the law, it doesn't even matter if you signed something with the HOA. Federal laws (FCC) trump them.
I believe the law is for dishes is 1m (39 inches) and smaller, unless it's been changed recently. I also know that some areas require a 1.2 m dish to get a proper signal (Alaska and Hawaii). Just wanted to put that out there for those in that unique situation.
Edit: Doing more reading on the subject, I'm seeing possible references to size exceptions for areas that require larger satellites. Trying to find something official
Ok found this on the fcc site, so it seems that Alaska due to it's location and needing larger satellite receivers is exempt from the size restriction. This is good for those who may have the issue.
The rule (47 C.F.R. Section 1.4000) has been in effect since October 1996, and it prohibits restrictions that impair the installation, maintenance or use of antennas used to receive video programming. The rule applies to video antennas including direct-to-home satellite dishes that are less than one meter (39.37") in diameter (or of any size in Alaska), TV antennas, and wireless cable antennas. The rule prohibits most restrictions that: (1) unreasonably delay or prevent installation, maintenance or use; (2) unreasonably increase the cost of installation, maintenance or use; or (3) preclude reception of an acceptable quality signal.
and the final little bit that can allow for restrictions is this tidbit.....
A: The rules apply to residents of these types of buildings (condominium, cooperative, or other type of residence where certain areas have been designated as common), but the rules do not permit you to install an antenna on a common area, such as a walkway, hallway, community garden, exterior wall or the roof. However, you may install the antenna wholly within a balcony, deck, patio, or other area where you have exclusive use.
So basically, you have to have exclusive rights to an area to make it illegal for the restrictions.
I'm glad that I don't have to worry about this issue. I am looking forward to my first season with DirecTV and Sunday Tickethttp://www.fcc.gov/guides/over-air-reception-devices-rule