ARRL & FCC Activities of Interest

1.  ARRL has released the new ARES Strategic Plan which is a major change to emergency communications training and procedures.  Details are here.

2.  The ARRL is rewriting the Official Observers handbook.  This may reduce the current number of observers (around 700-800) down to 200.  You can read the details here.

3.  The Amateur Radio Parity Act is a bill working through congress to give greater rights to have Ham antennas in locations currently restricted by Home Owner Association (HOA) rules.  It is HR 555 in the House and S. 1534 in the Senate.  Following are some details:

Follow this link to read what the Amateur Radio Parity Act is.

Follow this link to read the status of the Amateur Radio Parity Act.


We need you to reach out to your Senators TODAY!  Right away.  Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts:  SEND AN EMAIL/LETTER EASILY AT THIS LINK!   


Following is a response to my letter to Congress (Steve K6SRS)


Dear Steve:


Thank you for writing to express your support for the “Amateur Radio Parity Act.”  I appreciate hearing from you, and welcome the opportunity to respond.


As you may know, current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules require local governments to "reasonably accommodate" amateur radio installations.  This requirement does not, however, apply to land use restrictions limiting the size and dimensions of installations on private land. This means that many amateur radio operators are unable to install functional outdoor antennas because they do need to be “reasonably accommodated.”


You may be interested to know that Representative Adam Kinzinger introduced the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017” (H.R. 555) on January 13, 2017.  This bill passed the House of Representatives on January 23, 2017.


On July 12, 2017, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced a Senate companion bill, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1534),” which would direct the FCC to clarify that amateur radio stations may be installed regardless of any private land use restrictions.  This would provide amateur radio operators with the ability to negotiate with homeowners associations to get their antennas installed.  This bill is currently awaiting consideration by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, of which I am not a member.


Please know that I believe that the service that amateur radio volunteers provide to local, state and federal governments in times of emergency is invaluable.  I agree that it is important to keep these airwaves accessible so that they can continue their good work.  


Be assured that I have made note of your comments, and I will be sure to keep them in mind should this, or related legislation, come before me for consideration.


Once again, thank you for writing. Should you have any other questions or comments, please call my Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at  You can also follow me online at YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter, and you can sign up for my email newsletter at


Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator