From ARRL News:
It’s now down to the wire: This is the last opportunity for you
to urge your US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act
(H.R. 1301) when it comes up during the “lame duck” session of
Congress that adjourns in a couple of weeks. The House of
Representatives approved the bill in September, and the Senate must
follow suit if the bill is to succeed. If it fails in the Senate,
the entire process will have to be repeated in the new Congress. The
legislation is now in the Senate in two forms – as H.R. 1301 and
alternately in the packaged bill S. 253
Urging your US Senators’ support is simple: Go to our Rally Congress
enter your ZIP code, fill in your name and address, press enter,
and e-mails will go directly to your Senators. Please do this now,
even if you have previously contacted your US Senators for support.
September’s victory in the US House culminated many years of effort
on ARRL’s part to gain legislation that would enable radio amateurs
living in deed-restricted communities to erect efficient outdoor
antennas that support Amateur Radio communication. The measure calls
on the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules “to prohibit the application
to amateur stations of certain private land-use restrictions, and
for other purposes.”
While similar bills in past years gained some traction on Capitol
Hill, it was not until the overwhelming grassroots support from all
of you for H.R. 1301, and our relentless efforts on Capitol Hill that
this bill made it this far.
Please take a few moments to send your e-mail to your Senators.
Thanks and 73,
ARRL Pacific Division
Director: Robert B Vallio, W6RGG
Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, passed in the House of Representatives yesterday, September 12th. The legislation now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill.
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.
Help us in the effort. Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts:
ARRL Senate Support Page
Rick Roderick, K5UR
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®