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The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

posted Jun 9, 2015, 9:50 AM by Jeremy Betz   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 6:27 PM ]
Attention All Hams!
You have a unique opportunity to change the face of Amateur radio for the future if you act now.  My State Government Liaison Jonathan WF1H
and I want to talk to you about H.R. 1301, The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015.  This bill was introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
with Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) and eleven additional original co-sponsors.  To date, there are 64 co-sponsors but we need many more. 
As I am sure you have read in QST, this bill is one that needs the support of every single Amateur radio operator.  It directs the FCC to
extend their existing PRB-1 regulations of “reasonable accommodation” of Amateur Radio communications to include private
land use regulators. This would afford us the ability to negotiate with homeowner’s associations in residential developments.  As you know,
private land use regulations routinely include restrictions that completely preclude Amateur Radio communications operators from
installing any type of outdoor antenna system. The “reasonable accommodation” policy has for 30 years applied to municipal zoning
ordinances. This Bill would extend the policy to operators living under private land use restrictions. The FCC has asked Congress for guidance
in this area and this Bill provides it. Over 60% of new homes today are part of homeowner’s associations.  We need to do all we can to protect
the future of our wonderful hobby and service.
   
This is what you need to do today.  
(1) Go to http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301 where you will find a very
complete resource.  Read about the bill or read the entire text of the
bill.
(2) Find out who your representative is; there is a link within this
ARRL resource which will point you to information on your rep.  Tell
non-members to go to http://www.house.gov , enter their zip code and
find their representative’s contact information.
(3) View the sample letter and accompanying instructions.  If you like
that letter, download, fill in the appropriate information, print and
sign.
(4) Then all hams should send that letter to ARRL, Attn HR 1301
Grassroots Campaign, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111.
If you prefer to write your own letter, please send that letter to the
above address.  ARRL will present these letters in person to
legislators because it will give staff the chance to interact directly
with the representatives.  Mailing reps directly causes additional
delays because of security procedures that must be followed with all
paper mail.  

(5) If you wish to contact the rep further by email, that’s fine but
please initially get the hardcopy letter to ARRL.  I would enjoy
hearing from you when you’ve completed this task just to get some
idea of count.  You can email k1eic@arrl.org with the subj 1301.   

This is very important so please don’t put it off—it takes just a
few minutes of your time.  Those of you in Congressman Courtney’s
district might wish to write him a thank you note for supporting this
bill.  Perhaps you can set up a printer at your club meeting and help
others to get their letters printed and signed.  Then mail them in
batch to ARRL.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this very important
work.==K1EIC and WF1H

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ARRL Connecticut Section
Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC
k1eic@arrl.org
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