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ARRL: Amateur Radio Gearing Up for Active Hurricane Season

The Atlantic Hurricane Season, which starts on June 1, promises to be a busy time for amateur radio volunteers on the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) to report ground-level storm conditions in real time for use by National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasters, and for SKYWARN volunteers, many of whom are hams. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecast a […]

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ARRL’s Southeastern Division election results

A new Director and Vice Director have been elected in the ARRL’s Southeastern Division, based on results from ballot tabulations on Friday, November 15, in the 2019 ARRL Board of Director elections. Director Mickey Baker N4MB        2,132 votes Greg Sarratt W4OZK        1,739 votes Vice Director James Schilling KG4JSZ    […]

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ARRL: Jeff Stahl K4BH SE Div Vice-Director Candidate Position Statement

I am running for SE Division Vice-Director because I want to assure that the ARRL members in our division have an opportunity to choose who will represent them in this office. Honesty, integrity, professionalism, and dedication to amateur radio as a service is what I believe should be three characteristics of whoever occupies this office. […]

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New Amateur Radio Parity Act Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives

February 22, 2017
The text from HR1301, which ARRL says is identical to HR555, can be found here:

I would encourage everyone to read this bill very carefully, because it has issues that need to be addressed prior to passage.

In particular:

“(b) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS — In amending its rules as required by subsection (a), the Commission shall — (1) require any licensee in an amateur radio service to notify and obtain prior approval from a community association, if any, concerning installation of an outdoor antenna…”

So even if your current (or future) HOA doesn’t regulate your antennas, and even if your covenents say that you have a right to put up antennas for amateur radio purposes, this language would still require you to seek permission from your HOA prior to adding any external antenna to your house.

This bill isn’t ready for prime-time, and I would urge everyone to contact their ARRL division representatives to fix this. If the bill comes up for a vote, I would ask everyone to ask that your congresspeople vote against it.

This looks like “poison pill” legislation. It appears it will change nothing except to cause problems where none exists.

The wording of the bill could cause a serious blow to the hobby in general. We should urge that it be edited at the first opportunity or write to our representatives to oppose the bill when put to a vote.

Let me correct myself after a second reading. The bill would aid many amateurs.
The additional requirement for those few in associations which do not have current restrictions but would then be required to grant permission could be problematic.

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