As a long time board member of an HOA, I've found that our HOA (and others) do these sorts of things out of ignorance and inertia....... When I first saw our property manager writing "violation reports" for visible sat dishes, the HOA trying to plug dishes into the architectural submittal process, etc., I made multiple copies of OTARD and other applicable FCC regs I could find and carried them to the next board meeting. Those materials got placed into the board member's handbooks as well as the "official" rules and that was the end of it. There has from time to time been new board members who have tried to stir things up, but they've been referred back to the materials I provided and the "problem" was over. And.....not really D* related, but.......if you dislike your HOA, have problems with your HOA.....the best course of action is participation. Don't sit back and complain.....run for a seat on the board, at the very least attend the meetings, get to know (even get friendly with) board members, they are your neighbors too. I've had to remind the property management company (hired by the HOA) several times over the years that the BOARD interprets the CC&R's...not the management company, and not their lawyers. A Board member's primary responsibility is to represent their neighbors in Association business....I don't personally understand the "thugs" and "idiots" comments.