|Can I Haz Antenna?|
There are some exceptions to the rules, but they aren't very difficult to understand.For the most part, HOAs and local governing bodis can still prohibit satellite dishes larger than one meter, except in Alaska, and TV antenna masts that reach higher than 12 feet above the roof. The FCC also allows antenna bans for safety or to comply with historic-preservation rules.Also, if an apartment building or townhome has a central antenna which provides reception as good as an individual antenna, management can also block residents from setting up their own antennas.
You also do not have to wait while the FCC reviews your HOA's petition, and OTARD prohibits "unreasonable" advance-notification requirements and permitting fees. In almost every case the FCC has ruled on, HOA rules have been shot down. Also note that while the FCC sets a size limit on satellite dishes, there is no restriction as to the size of an Over-The-Air (OTA) TV antenna, nor is there any restriction on the number of OTA antennas or satellite dishes one may have.
I know many people are timid about confronting their HOA, but most HOAs back down when shown the OTARD rules. If you have been told that you can't put up a TV antenna or satellite dish, please carefully read and understand the OTARD rules: http://www.fcc.gov/guides/over-air-reception-devices-rule. If you feel you've been denied the right to put up a TV antenna, contact the FCC for assistance: 888-CALL FCC (888-225-5322).
Then go buy yourself a TV antenna, and tell your HOA where to stick it.