Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. Today we are going to talk about an issue that some hams have but, thankfully, I have never had to deal with first hand. I have read several articles over the years about hams having problems putting up external antennas because of Home Owner Association rules or deed restrictions on their properties. This had lead to many interesting “fixes” that are meant to disguise your antenna as something. I saw one post that a guy wrote in QST magazine of I’m not mistaken several years ago describing how he made an antenna disguised as a flag pole. It was a very interesting read, but again thankfully I never had to try it out. I am lucky enough to live out in the middle of nowhere so I can put up whatever I want. Thankfully it appears that the winds of change may be blowing for us here in the US.
Enter The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 – HR-1301. This bill was introduced to the US House of Representatives on May 4, 2015 by Representative Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois. So what is the bill for you might ask. HR-1301 would require the FCC to amend its 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowner’s association regulations and deed restrictions. Currently PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws. If and/or when it passes into law, it wouldn’t give hams a free for all as to what they wanted to put up but it would require HOAs and other private land use regulations to extend reasonable accommodations to Amateurs wishing to erect antennas.
Currently there is about 30 or so representatives that have signed on as co-sponsors. If you would like to see if your representative is a co-sponsor and to get a copy of a sample letter you can have sent to your representative if not, go to the ARRL website and check out their write up on this bill( http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301/ ). Also on that page is an address where you can send your letter to. The ARRL is requesting that if you are going to send a letter to your representative that you send it to them at the address they provide because, first off, if you send it to your representative directly it goes through a security screening center and can delay the letter for up to about a month and two it gives the ARRL the opportunity to have a face to face meeting with them.
In my next post we are going to be talking about Amateur Radio Emergency Services(ARES) and what its all about. Please like my page on Facebook and follow me on twitter and Google plus. Links to all of them are on the right column of this page. Please share my blog with your friends and thanks for reading.
73 de Curtis, K5CLM