So…hypothetically…let’s say I was a ham radio operator looking to move. Let’s say that, although it’s not a requirement per se, I would like to, possibly, find a new home that already has a nice tower installed so that I don’t have to front that expense myself.
Considering this completely “hypothetical” situation, how would I, as a ham, find this new “dream” home?
Though there is an essentially unlimited supply of real estate information available on the Internet there are still terms for which you can search with relatively few useful results. It seems that, although we hams view a nice beam antenna as a thing of beauty, we have thus buckled under the weight of society which thinks otherwise. I’m not saying this is necessarily wrong because we would far rather our house look desirable to the greatest number of potential buyers. An unfortunate side effect is that we essentially eliminate the possibility of finding a buyer who just might appreciate that tower.
There are a couple, and only a couple, of useful links I found regarding house hunting hams…
- Homes4Hams (Now Defunct)
It’s nice to see both sites doing something to help the situation however it’s disheartening that, in a world full of CCR’s, we have done so little to foster better communication and work within our community to fill the gap.
I figure that any ham searching through real estate listings would love to find homes for sale that already have antennas or are known to be antenna friendly. It would be a wonderful option to “include” homes in search results that have or allow towers vice “exclude” homes that include CCR’s and HOA’s.
Seems simple enough…but it’s not…
- Ham Radio operators provide valuable service when severe weather strikes (southgatearc.org)
- Amateur Radio Is Both a Hobby and a Service (geardiary.com)
- Ham radio: Last means of communications in a disaster (southgatearc.org)
- Survival Communications – HAM RADIO (offgridsurvival.com)