[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Use of Signals and Equipment
Article II HAM Radio Antennas
[Adopted 5-28-1962 by Ord. No. 10-1962]
Any person who shall willfully or maliciously break, injure or otherwise destroy or damage any of the posts, wires, towers or other materials or fixtures employed in the construction or use of any line of a television coaxial cable or a microwave radio system or a community antenna television system or willfully or maliciously interfere with such structure so erected or in any way attempt to lead from its uses or make use of the electrical signal or any portion thereof properly belonging to or in use or in readiness to be made use of for the purpose of using said electrical signal from any television coaxial cable company or microwave system, or the owner of such property, shall be a disorderly person.
[Amended 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904; 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 8903; 1-9-1997 by Ord. No. 9616]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 or be imprisoned in the City or county jail for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both. In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.
[Adopted 7-5-1990 by Ord. No. 9016]
No HAM radio antenna shall be erected, constructed, maintained or operated except in conformance with the following regulations.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- HAM RADIO ANTENNA
- An apparatus capable of receiving and transmitting communications over the licensed amateur radio bands.
The height of an antenna shall be restricted by the type and/or class of license obtained by the resident of the subject property. Such height restrictions are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
While the overall height of the antenna during the operation of the radio system is regulated by the FCC Preemption Order PRB-1, the City of Ventnor City will require that the antennas be retracted to a height not to exceed 10 feet above the highest point of the principal building.
To construct an antenna of any height, the resident must provide proof of his or her license to the City Construction Official. Additional published documentation from the FCC shall be provided to verify the operator's license class and therefore his or her antenna height request.
All antennas and the construction and installation thereof shall conform to the manufacturer's installation instructions, the New Jersey BOCA Code and the Electrical Code.
Antennas shall meet all manufacturer's specifications, shall be of noncombustible and corrosive-resistant material and shall be erected in a secure, wind-resistant manner.
Every antenna must be adequately grounded for protection against a direct strike of lightning.
The right to install a HAM radio antenna shall run with the licensed operator. Once the licensee no longer resides at the subject property, the antenna shall be removed.
[Amended 1-9-1997 by Ord. No. 9616]
Any person violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine not exceeding $1,000. In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.