FCC MEETING SET FOR 15 SEPTEMBER 2005, mostly devoted to an assessment of communications disruptions during Hurricane Katrina AND the exploration of options for handling future disasters more effectively. NOW is a good time to remind the Commission of the urgent need to exempt Amateur Radio stations from otherwise applicable Homeowners' Association (HOA) antenna bans. I urge all Amateur Radio operators to write the FCC at FCCINFO@fcc.gov, and copy the commissioners: Chairman Martin, R: firstname.lastname@example.org Commissioner Abernathy, R: email@example.com Commissioner Adelstein, D: firstname.lastname@example.org Commissioner Copps, D: email@example.com It has been four years since the Twin Towers fell, and more recently Katrina has again demonstrated the need for Amateur Radio. Unfortunately, HOA antenna rules make it impossible for anyone to really enjoy HF Amateur Radio. This is leading to a critical loss of a national skill bank, as the average age of Amateurs is rising. Now is the time to build our national emergency capacity using Amateur Radio, and we urgently need to have a Federal exemption for Amateur Radio antennas, much like what the FCC has already done for Satellite TV and other commercial interests.