Thursday, April 30, 2015

West Gulf Division Special Edition Newsletter from @K5RAV

*******Special Notice from your West Gulf Director********


The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 -- has been introduced
in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to
extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur
Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam
Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original
co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle -- seven Republicans and five

HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service
rules which apply to the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal
pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and
deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and
restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and
local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend
the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements
without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel's Communications and
Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.

ARRL members are urged to contact their US House members and ask them
to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. We recommend sending the
enclosed letter to your member of Congress to:

Attn  HR 1301 grassroots campaign
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111

Why does the ARRL request I send my letter to the ARRL instead of
simply mailing it to my Congressperson?-
There are several reasons. First, because of security concerns, it can
take from six to eight weeks for a letter sent directly to a
Congressional office to be delivered. All mail to their office is
delivered to a holding facility to be screened to problems before they
are finally sorted and delivered.

Second, and as important, when the ARRL receives your letter, it can be
combined with other letters to your Congressperson and hand-delivered to
their office on Capitol Hill. This provides an additional opportunity
for our Washington team to have a face-to-face meeting with the key
staff in each Congressional office. A stack of letters delivered at the
same time makes a large impression.

When sending a letter to a member of Congress, please keep in mind a
couple of things:

1)  Please make sure you address the letter to your individual
Representative.  Letters sent simply "Dear Repesentative" cannot be

2) Letters on a House Bill sent to a member of the US Senate (or vice
versa) are not useful.  Misaddressed letters, such as calling a member
of the US House "Senator Such-and-such" cannot be delivered.

3) You must sign your letter and include your mailing address.  Letters
that are unsigned or that do not include your address cannot be

Verify your Representative by going to this web site.

Enter your Zip code and Click "Find your Rep by Zip".  Your
Representative and his/her address will be displayed.

Scan your signed/addressed support letter and prepare a .pdf or Word
document.  Mail to:

Attn  HR 1301 grassroots campaign
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111

You may E-Mail your signed and addressed letter to:

Also, you may FAX your signed and addressed letter to:


A sample letter may be downloaded from the ARRL web site.

Scroll down to "Is there a sample letter I can send to my
Congressperson?"  Click on the link a sample letter will be
displayed.  For your convenience a copy is provided below.



Dear Representative _____________:

I am a constituent in your District and I want to bring an issue to
your attention. I am a federally licensed Amateur Radio operator, one
of nearly three-quarters of a million licensees of the Federal
Communications Commission in the United States who provide
communications support for and participate in public service events on
behalf of our communities. During and in the aftermath of disasters and
emergencies, when other forms of communications are unavailable, we
provide communications for first responders and for federal, state and
local governmental agencies and non-governmental agencies, including
the Red Cross and Salvation Army. In addition, we probide
communications to the United States Military through the Military
Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) and to our neighbors when communications
systems are overloaded or fail.

Radio Amateurs contribute to the future of telecommunications as we
participate in the development of innovative technology in this digital
age. Amateur Radio is non-commercial, and we provide our services at no
charge to anyone. However, we cannot do any of these things unless we
can erect an outdoor antenna at our residences.  Recently, a
bi-partisan Bill, H.R. 1301 - "The Amateur Radio Parity Act", was
introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) with Congressman Joe
Courtney (CT-02) and eleven additional original co-sponsors.  HR 1301
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. Currently, private land use regulations routinely include
restrictions that completely prevent 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.

As your constituent, I am asking that you support the bill by
signing-on as a cosponsor of HR1301. Please contact Rep. Kinzinger's
office to do so. If you have any questions, please contact ARRL, the
national association for Amateur Radio, attention Dan Henderson, at
860.594.0236. Thank you.




If you live in a HOA, this legislation is extremely important to you.
If you don't live in a HOA, please support those who do and send your
signed letter today!

Letters from constituents impress elected officials.  After all, you
vote them into or out of office.  Your signed and addressed letter will
markedly increase the likilihood of passage of HR 1301.

Thank you for taking your time to support HR1301.  The future of
amateur radio may rely on this legislation.

David Woolweaver, K5RAV

ARRL West Gulf Division
Director: David A Woolweaver, K5RAV

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