Hi all. I am looking to see what experiences people have had with their housing associations regarding antennas. I used to live with my Grandmother who sadly died in the Summer. I moved out shortly before she went into a home. Until recently, prior to the house being sold, I was able to go over at the weekends and use my radio. Since then I have been reliant on going up on the hills, which now is no longer a possibility due to the current lockdown.
I am now in a ground floor housing association flat with no garden to speak of, just a small lawn outside my front door which isn't strictly "mine". In a bid to keep myself sane I bought a mobile mast, an Antron 99 and a tripod stand to get myself on air. I used it with great success, setting it up on the bit of grass out front at night and taking it down when I've finished. Alas, shortly after setting it up this evening, suddenly the signal on T5 dropped out and noise level went to zero. I'm not sure if I believe in premonitions, but last night I dreamt that the mast had come down and and antenna was broken. With a heavy heart, I went to the window already sure what had happened. Alas, a light Northerly breeze had sent the mast crashing to the ground. It narrowly missed my upstairs neighbour's car. Luckily, he is a very relaxed sort of bloke and didn't go mad. The only damage was to the antenna, as per my dream! The top section has split; a great opportunity to replace it with the fire up kit. Needless to say, I won't be putting the tripod and mast up again.
My tenancy agreement has a section about "attachments" and "modifications" to the building, stating that they will not "unreasonably" refuse permission. I am thinking now that I really need to get this antenna installed to the building. Bloke upstairs doesn't have any issue with aerials, he used to use CB himself. I am interested to hear of any positive results people have had with their housing association. My instinct is that they will initially say no, but I have mental health issues, which radio helps with and I could lay this on a bit. A lot of people tell me just to stick it up there and hope for the best . But to be honest, I would rather be told now "no, absolutely not" than enjoy my radio at home for a few weeks then suddenly be told I've got to take it down. Worst case, I will dig up the little bit of grass and concrete in a tube to drop my mast into, but having a permanently mounted antenna would be so much better. Any anecdotes or advice please?