Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

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Hello everybody! Back in May I wrote a post about a bill that had been introduced in the US House of Representatives, HR-1301. As I wrote in my previous blog, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015, this bill would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodations of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions, such as Home Owner Associations and/or land deed restrictions. HR-1301 was introduced into the House back on March 4, 2015 by US Rep Adam Kinzinger(R-IL) and had 12 co-sponsers from both sides of the isle. Currently HR-1301 has 83 co-sponsers as of this writing. The House version of this bill is currently in the House Energy and Commerce Committee which is chaired by Greg Walkden(R-OR) who is also a ham radio operator, W7EQI.

On June 25, 2015, the Senate version of this bill, S. 1685, was introduced in the US Senate by Senator Roger Wicker(R-MS) with Senator Richard Blumenthal(D-CT) as the initial co-sponser. The Senate version has been referred to the Senate commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet which is chaired by the bill’s sponsor.

All ARRL Members are urged to contact their members of both the House and Senate and ask them to be a co-sponser on the bill if they are not already. Check out the ARRL’s page on this act to see a current up-to-date list of co-sponsers of both versions of this bill. You can obtain a sample letter from this website as well. The ARRL is asking that any member that is going to write a letter, to address it to their Senate or House representative and mail it to the ARRL at:

ARRL
Attn: HR 1301 Grassroots campaign
225 Main St
Newington, CT 06111

If/When it makes it out of the committee’s and onto the floor, hopefully it will pass and we, as hams, will have a little bit more leverage when it comes to those controlling HOA’s or land deed restrictions.

I hope all of my US readers had a great 4th of July and everyone stayed safe. I, unfortunately, have to work so I wont have the full day to celebrate, but I am going over to some friends house after work to eat and do the fireworks thing; might even jump in their pool and play with the kids for a little bit.

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73 de Curtis, K5CLM

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  • K2NCC

    I’d wager if hams could only use their antennas in an emergency, there wouldn’t be such a fight to get them into the HOAs.

    99.9% of the time, 100% for most of us, we’ll never ever use our radio in a real emergency. This “what if” of amateur radio is the only leg we have to stand on, and it’s a shaky leg at best.

    This Bill will never see the light of day. No way gov is going to give up corporate interests over the fraction of 1% of people in the USA who are licensed amateur ops. Of which only a fraction of those operate. And a further fraction that live in HOAs. Not going to happen.

    Nor should it pass. You’re asking the government to come in and invalidate something you promised. That’s not fair, and you would agree if you were on the other side of that contract.

  • Dyson

    Therefore, we seek cosponsors for HR 1301 – the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 – which would provide for regulatory parity and uniformity in land use regulations as they pertain to Amateur Radio communications. It would do so by applying the existing FCC “reasonable accommodation” policy formally to all types of land use regulation.