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Pensioner told to remove CB antenna.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:14 pm
by m0lsx
A Portishead pensioner who uses an old-school radio device to talk to family and friends has been told to remove a giant antenna from the side of his house after neighbours complained.

Ken Overton has been told to dismantle the 10ft aerial on the side of his house in Newhaven Place amid claims his CB radio device interferes with his neighbours’ TVs.

The 68-year-old, who rarely leaves his house due to mobility and anxiety issues, installed the antenna three months ago to talk to relatives in nearby Clevedon.

He said it was cheaper than using a conventional mobile phone or landline, and had helped him make new friends.


But Ken, who moved to Bristol from his hometown Birmingham nine years ago, now faces being temporarily cut off from his family and friends after being told to remove the external aerial by social housing provider Alliance Homes.

“They contacted me to say they have had several complaints from neighbours, who say it’s interfering with their TVs,” Ken added.

“But I’ve been using it for the past few months and I’m sure if it was affecting their TVs, they would have said something by now.”

Alliance Homes, which own the property, said Ken’s aerial had interfered with other residents’ TV and broadband signals and needed to be replaced.


The full story can be found at..Bristol Post Link
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Re: Pensioner told to remove CB antenna.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:43 am
by lars
So CB is an "old school radio device" and 10ft is a "giant antenna?"

I imagine the neighbours complained, because many people like to complain about anything that is outside their narrow experience. I doubt that a modern, type-approved CB would interfere with television, unless if was faulty. It would interesting to know what kind of apparatus he was using.

Re: Pensioner told to remove CB antenna.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:28 am
by ilikeradios
He could do with someone local putting his aerial in that tree and rerouting the cable out of site...just a thought.

Re: Pensioner told to remove CB antenna.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:16 am
by m0lsx
lars wrote: It would interesting to know what kind of apparatus he was using.


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I am not a CB fan, but that does not look that modern to me..But it's certainly not a valve set & there are valve CB's around.

Re: Pensioner told to remove CB antenna.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:06 pm
by G4RMT
It's just ugly, and the planning people DO take that into account - in their 'appropriate to the area' considerations. That said, it's not as big as I expected, but nowadays, appearance IS of vital importance as if eatable value is impacted by what people do to their homes, then the planning departments can do things to prevent home owners making changes. Like painting houses daft colours, and near where I live, having a 25ft plastic giraffe and two 20ft toy soldiers peeping over the fence in a typical road in the town. The giraffe's head is level with the eaves, and the other stuff easily visible over the 6ft high panel fence.

Some areas still have permission required for TV and satellite dishes, so in this case it's not cut and dried - it could need planning permission, and nowadays this is ignored when there's no big impact, but they do have to follow the rules following a complaint.

On the interference front - I doubt that he is causing interference to the TV - because on digital, interference usually just freezes or blanks the image for a few second each time the PTT is pushed, and users rarely know what causes it - but he could also be getting into the wiring - then into their audio systems? That's more likely.

Re: Pensioner told to remove CB antenna.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:30 pm
by Metradio
m0lsx wrote:
lars wrote: It would interesting to know what kind of apparatus he was using.


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Looks a bit Mickey Mouse...

Mike

Re: Pensioner told to remove CB antenna.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:05 pm
by m0lsx
Metradio wrote: Looks a bit [b]Mickey Mouse...
Mike


In what way Mickey Mouse? It's just an old CB Radio sitting on his bedside cabinet & a half wave vertical fitted to the end of his building. It looks fairly average to me.

Re: Pensioner told to remove CB antenna.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:10 pm
by Metradio
m0lsx wrote:
Metradio wrote: Looks a bit Mickey Mouse...
Mike


In what way Mickey Mouse? It's just an old CB Radio sitting on his bedside cabinet & a half wave vertical fitted to the end of his building. It looks fairly average to me.


Who is that sitting in the top left corner ?

Should have gone to Specsavers...

Mike

Re: Pensioner told to remove CB antenna.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:08 pm
by G4RMT
I typed a reply - then lost it! All becomes clear now - the house is covered by a tenancy agreement that has the usual clause about tenants not being allowed to put up aerials (or keep sheep or goats). Clearly - when you sign these things, then they can make you remove them if somebody makes them aware of it!

Re: Pensioner told to remove CB antenna.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:29 pm
by m0lsx
Metradio wrote: Who is that sitting in the top left corner ?

Should have gone to Specsavers...

Mike


OK..Yes, I see that now & I did in May.