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Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K4KB, May 22, 2003.

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  1. K4KB

    K4KB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi, below is a copy of the letter that I sent to my U.S. Representative . We need more hams to get busy and contact their elected Representatives if we want this bill to pass.

    If you like this letter, you may copy it and/or change it to fit your specifics and send it to your U.S. Representative.

    73s de Jorge, K4KB


    Dear Mr. (your U.S. Representative):

    This is to request your support for the "Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Consistency Act", which  aims to ease our antenna restrictions from private Homeowners Associations' Covenants and Restrictions, CC&Rs, regarding the placement of amateur radio antennas. It has been re-introduced this year, again by Rep. STEVE ISRAEL(D-NY).

    Designated as HR 1478, this bill would require private land-use regulators, like homeowners' associations, to "reasonably accommodate" amateur radio antennas, in line with the PRB-1 limited federal preemption. Wording if this bill is identical to when it was introduced last year: "For purposes of the Federal Communication's Commission's regulation relating to station antenna structures in the Amateur Radio Service (47 CFR 97.15), any private land use rules applicable to such structures shall be treated as a state or local regulation and shall be subject to the same requirements and limitations as a state or local regulation".

    Amateur Radio operators, are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. Many of us provide Emergency Communications in case of disasters or National Emergency, when conventional communications are unable to handle the radio traffic, i.e.: the 9/11 tragedy in which thousands of amateur radio operators in New York, Washington, DC and nationwide, picked-up the slack and provided a reliable communications outlet when Public Service and Commercial systems were overloaded or non-existent.

    I am a member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in my County, we have a ham radio station set up at the County EMA. In addition another ham radio station has been set up at the National Weather Service.

    Emergency Communications are also provided. by Amateur Radio operators, to agencies such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and we also provide support for, FEMA and the National Hurracaine Service, when requested.

    Please support this bill so we may be able to obtain "reasonable accommodation" in the placement of our antennas, so we may continue to provide this FREE and VOLUNTEER SERVICE to Georgia and our Nation.

    Respectfully yours,

    Jorge Mestre

    FCC License Call Sign, K4KB
    Douglasville, GA 30134
  2. NA4IT

    NA4IT Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you need help in finding your representative or his / her address, go to

    Good job, Jorge! [​IMG]
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Edited appropriately, and sent. has a nifty utility where you can CC everone with one click, by the way. I have been annoying the elected that way for some time. And yes, I am a member of the NRA, but that isn't required to use the site.

    As to the username, I passed the test for Tech on last Tuesday, and am waiting.
    The antenna is in the air and my dad (W7UZB) has an IC-245 that is mine, when he finds it. Just won an older Kenwood HT on Ebay as well, so it won't be long.
    And, my grandfather was W7VHY. The call is now owned by the Puget Sound Repeater Group.
    Bugging the kid now to get his ;) He is in the USAF, so it might be a bit.

    Once I get the call, I'll correct the login, but for now ;)

  4. WB7C

    WB7C Ham Member QRZ Page

    HR 1478 came to my attention at our local club meeting, with the advice to not only email, but also follow-up via U.S. Mail.

    The ARRL Web site has text of the bill and provision to email your Representative. I have pointed to that ARRL page for your convenience.

    The direct page referenced is

  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    This bill doesn't seem to include apartment lease restrictions, which are just as problematic, I think.
    We moved in here 3 or 4 years ago but the lease expired 2 years from when we moved in, so technically, I think we're off the lease and in a good-faith tenancy. We would ask our manager about outside antenna mounting, but we're hoping to be on our way out to a non-restricted place and don't want to be given another lease to sign or face eviction.
  6. N3XP

    N3XP Ham Member QRZ Page

    A note on email. Most emails sent to house or senate members are ignored, as each member gets about 7000 emails a day. Best bet is a snail mail letter to the reps local office.

    Good luck
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I don't know about most. My rep and my senators respond to every single e-mail I send. Granted, it's usually a form letter regarding the subject, but it's a reply nonetheless.
    I even sent a rebuttal e-mail to my rep when it seemed like some intern didn't read my original e-mail well enough and snail mailed me a garbage response. Even my rebuttal e-mail was responded to, with full understanding of my issue, so someone higher up (if not my rep himself) must have read it.
    In fact, my rep's contact page says:
    "Due to new mail handling procedures for government office buildings, postal mail to my Washington, D.C. office may be delayed by several weeks or even months! Please fax or e-mail, if possible."
    I figure if it's e-mail, his staff can read it in D.C. and get it brought to his attention faster (if necessary) rather than snail mailing it to his district office and have it take weeks to get up to the capitol.
  8. KD7PVT

    KD7PVT Ham Member QRZ Page

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (n3xp @ May 26 2003,19:45)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">A note on email. Most emails sent to house or senate members are ignored, as each member gets about 7000 emails a day. Best bet is a snail mail letter to the reps local office.

    Good luck[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>
    After the antrax stuff and with the current scanning and screening of mail, snail mail to most DC offices can take up to 3 weeks to reach the actual recipient. I have received responses (both paper and email) from senators/representatives that I have emailed.

    For anything important (and not time-limited) it is better to follow-up on the email with a paper letter or a FAX to the office.
  9. KE3R

    KE3R Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe it's just me, but...

    I think this bill is bad. What business does the Federal Government have to fiddle around in private contracts? It's one thing to have Federal preemption of local ordinances etc., but this is bad precedent, IMHO. If you don't like CC&Rs and homeowners associations, don't sign them, or negotiate exemptions between private parties. I shiver thinking about what the Feds think they need to regulate next when it comes to agreements or contracts between private parties...

    I for one am going to write my reps and senators to not support this bill, and I would urge others to do the same.

    Sorry, no vote from here. -Alain, NIØZ.
  10. K2WH

    K2WH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Great idea! I did it. Sent it to my representative.

    I don't think NI0Z is thinking for the greater good of amateur radio, but he is within his rights to object to the bill. He doesn't think the government should be involved in private contracts. Well, the US government is already in everything - private or public.

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