RETIRED APOLLO TELEVISION FIELD ENGINEER INSTALLING TV ANTENNAS
TO CUT HOME CABLE AND SATELLITE BILLS
Customers can save up to $3,000 a year by ditching their dishes and cutting their cables!
Retired NASA television engineer Dave Pollard is now offering indoor and outdoor television antennas to replace high cable and satellite bills.
Many Brevard County residents are paying several hundred dollars a month for cable television or satellite dishes, and do not realize digital high-definition television (HDTV) signals are still transmitted over the airwaves for free. Pollard wants to educate people on how they can still receive HDTV transmissions from over 40 local stations and networks with an in-home HDTV antenna.
“I was paying thousands of dollars a year for hundreds of cable channels I never watched. We cut our cable and had Dave install an indoor antenna, and now we get ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX for our news and football, and we watch our other shows commercial-free on Amazon Prime or Netflix. We kept our high-speed internet, and we’re saving about $100 a month.”
–Chuck Graudins, Viera
While cable and satellite providers offer a reliable signal, an even better and uncompressed signal is offered from several broadcast towers within 40 miles of most of northern and central Brevard County, and that signal is within range of most amplified antennas.
“Occasionally, NBC and FOX may be a bit troublesome to tune in, but an antenna on your roof or sometimes just in your attic will be enough to tune in all the major networks.” –Dave Pollard
But what if your homeowners' association says you can't install an antenna? Not so fast, hoity-toity board members. Federal law says you absolutely can legally bypass those silly bylaws in most cases:
As directed by Congress in Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Communications Commission adopted the Over-the-Air Reception Devices (“OTARD”) rule concerning governmental and nongovernmental restrictions on viewers' ability to receive video programming signals from direct broadcast satellites ("DBS"), broadband radio service providers (formerly multichannel multipoint distribution service or MMDS), and television broadcast stations ("TVBS").
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.
Effective January 22, 1999, the Commission amended the rule so that it also applies to rental property where the renter has an exclusive use area, such as a balcony or patio. On October 25, 2000, the Commission further amended the rule so that it applies to customer-end antennas that receive and transmit fixed wireless signals. This amendment became effective on May 25, 2001.
The rule applies to individuals who place antennas that meet size limitations on property that they own or rent and that is within their exclusive use or control, including condominium owners and cooperative owners, and tenants who have an area where they have exclusive use, such as a balcony or patio, in which to install the antenna. The rule applies to townhomes and manufactured homes, as well as to single family homes.
The rule allows local governments, community associations and landlords to enforce restrictions that do not impair the installation, maintenance or use of the types of antennas described above, as well as restrictions needed for safety or historic preservation. Under some circumstances where a central or common antenna is available, a community association or landlord may restrict the installation of individual antennas. The rule does not apply to common areas that are owned by a landlord, a community association, or jointly by condominium or cooperative owners where the antenna user does not have an exclusive use area. Such common areas may include the roof or exterior wall of a multiple dwelling unit. Therefore, restrictions on antennas installed in or on such common areas are enforceable.
Pollard’s company, Biscayne Services LLC, offers sales of high-quality HDTV antennas along with installation inside peoples’ homes. Pollard is no longer capable of crawling in attic spaces or on rooftops, and recommends a professional electrician for outside antennas. Pollard’s pricing starts at $59 for a small antenna, plus $59 if you would like Pollard to install and tune an indoor model in your home. A demonstration model is on display at Computer Care Clinic’s lobby in Suntree at the corner of Wickham Road and Suntree Boulevard.
Pollard is a retired NASA audio-visual engineer who supervised the first television broadcast of the Apollo moon missions while stationed in Spain. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dave Pollard at 321-258-3231 or email at Biscayneservices@gmail.com.
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