Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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HR4969  - the "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014"

Attention all West Gulf Division members.  Amateur Radio needs your

Time is running out on the window of opportunity to contact your
Congressman regarding HR4969.  The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 is
the best chance to date to obtain relief from overly restrictive CC&R
regulations.  As a point of reference, the West Gulf Division has over
33,000 HOA’s and more are being created every month.

HR4969 was recently introduced into the 113th Congress by Congressman
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) as sponsor and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) as
co-sponsor.  This bipartisan effort would direct the FCC to extend the
"reasonable accommodation" provisions for Amateur Radio antennas to
include all types of land-use regulation, including deed restrictions
and restrictive covenants.

For more detail go to:

Please go to the URL above and prepare a support letter for HR4969.
When addressing the letter to your Representative, make certain you
have included their name and mailing address in the header. Add your
full name, callsign, and address to the bottom of the letter, and
please make certain you have signed your letter.  Letters that have not
been signed have little benefit.

If you wish to write and sign your letter then send the signed copy to
the ARRL as an attachment (PDF or scan) to an email, please send them
to with the words "HR 4969 letter" in the SUBJECT field
of the email.  If you wish to mail your letter via the USPS, follow the
directions below.

To expedite delivery of your letter once you have printed it out and
signed it, you should mail your letter to:

Attn: HR 4969 letter campaign
225 Main St
Newington, CT 06111

We are frequently asked why the ARRL asks that letters be mailed to
ARRL for delivery instead of simply mailing them directly to the
Congressional offices.  The answer is two-fold.  First, since the 9/11
attacks and subsequent security threats, all incoming mail to
Congressional offices is first diverted to a holding area outside of
Washington DC.  Once at that facility it undergoes a series of scans to
test for a variety of problems.  Only after it passes the security tests
is it forwarded on to Capitol Hill for delivery. The delay in delivery
is generally in the 5-7 week range.  By mailing the letters to the
ARRL, we are able to have the letters hand-delivered to the various
congressional offices in a timely manner.

The second reason is just as important.  When our Washington team
delivers letters to a Congressional office, it provides them an
opportunity for at least a brief face-to-face meeting with some of the
key staff members in each Congressional office they visit.  Each
in-person meeting is another opportunity for the ARRL’s story to be
told – and is another chance to answer questions that may arise.

I will personally be visiting Congressional offices on September 15, 16
and 17.  Your letter will make the impact of my visits much more
significant.  As a constituent, your comments hold great importance.

If you now live in a HOA or might, in the future, move to a HOA, this
bill holds great promise for your future ability to operate amateur
radio.  Please act today.  Log on to
Prepare your letter as per instructions on the website and mail or
E-Mail it tomorrow to the ARRL address above.

Thank you.


ARRL West Gulf Division
Director: David A Woolweaver, K5RAV

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