Amateur Radio Parity Act

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

"I am writing to you today because we are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act.
Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when The Amateur Radio Parity Act, S. 1534 now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill.  This is the companion Bill to H.R. 555, which passed in the House of Representatives in January.
You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States.  Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.
 
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL HAMS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS!
•       If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!! 
•       If you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
•       If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
 
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!   
 
Based on feedback I’ve received, it seems to me that some members still don’t fully understand certain features of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) and what it is meant to do. To make things clearer, we have developed an FAQ in the format of questions and answers. Please take a few minutes and read the FAQ to learn more about the ARPA.  Here is the direct link:  http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/The%20Amateur%20Radio%20Parity%20Act%20FAQ.pdf

Here is another link with additional information:  http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act

Thanks. Let’s keep the effort moving!

73,
Rick - K5UR
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Rick Roderick, K5UR
President
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio®
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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 feinstein.senate.gov.  You can also follow me online at YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter, and you can sign up for my email newsletter at feinstein.senate.gov/newsletter.

 

Best regards.



Sincerely yours,


  Dianne Feinstein
         United States Senator

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