ARLB011 Amateur Radio Parity Act Language Inserted in National Defense Authorization Act

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  1. N9PBD

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    ARLB011 Amateur Radio Parity Act Language Inserted in National
    Defense Authorization Act

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    ARRL Bulletin 11 ARLB011
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT May 11, 2018
    To all radio amateurs

    ARLB011 Amateur Radio Parity Act Language Inserted in National
    Defense Authorization Act

    ARRL is praising the work of US Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT),
    Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), and Mike Rogers (R-AL) for their successful
    efforts in securing language in the National Defense Authorization
    Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 that aids in the survival and growth
    of Amateur Radio by giving radio amateurs the right to install an
    outdoor antenna at their residences with the approval of their
    homeowners associations. This language - text from the proposed
    Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) - formed the basis for the
    Courtney-Hartzler-Rogers Amendment to the NDAA.

    The amendment, offered by the bipartisan trio and accepted by the
    House Armed Services Committee by voice vote, will ensure that
    Amateur Radio operators will continue to play a vital role in
    disaster communication, when called upon. Amateur Radio has
    long-standing relationships with the Department of Defense through
    both the Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) as well as spectrum

    The Armed Services Committee passed the NDAA by a 60-to-1 voice vote
    after a 14-hour markup that ran well into the night. The bill now
    awaits House floor action. The Senate will begin its markup of the
    NDAA during the week of May 21.

    Representatives Courtney and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) spearheaded the
    effort to include the Parity Act language in the NDAA. Both are
    cosponsors of the Parity Act, which has passed the House by voice
    vote twice in the past 2 years.

    Recognizing the long-standing relationship between Amateur Radio and
    the Department of Defense, Congressman Kinzinger - who served
    multiple tours for the USAF as a fighter pilot and is still a Major
    in the Air National Guard, and Courtney, who represents the House
    district that includes ARRL Headquarters, have been champions of the
    legislation in Congress.

    "The steadfast support of the Amateur Radio community continually
    demonstrated by Congressmen Kinzinger and Courtney has been a
    godsend," said Hudson Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB. "The Parity Act
    wouldn't be anywhere close to this stage without their strong
    support, and our organization is extremely grateful."

    Lisenco, who serves as Chairman of the ARRL Board's Legislative
    Advocacy Committee, also recognized other promoters of Amateur
    Radio, including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg
    Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank
    Pallone (D-NJ), and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac
    Thornberry (R-TX). "We are deeply grateful for their continued
    understanding and support," Lisenco said.

    ARRL will continue to press for support to enact the Amateur Radio
    Parity Act throughout the legislative process.
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  2. W1YW

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    Sorry guys;

    This time no one will show their hand.

    It was unwise to tag the fatally worded HR555 onto the Defense Bill. Especially since there was opportunity to correct its fatal wording in that process.

    K3RF will be discussing this HR555 issue--its fatal flaws for ham radio-- at the Legal Forum at Dayton.
    Last edited: May 14, 2018
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  3. ND6M

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    End of Game
    "... aids in the survival and growth of Amateur Radio by giving radio amateurs the right to install an
    outdoor antenna at their residences with the approval of their homeowners associations..."

    If an Amateur already has the "approval of their homeowners associations", then they won't need this flawed act.

    If they don't have the approval, then they will still not get it.

    WM6P, KD5RJZ, K9ASE and 9 others like this.
  4. KD2MIC

    KD2MIC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Agreed. A waste of lobbying dollars for language that gets nothing but a warm and fuzzy "accomplishment" in someones wallet.
    KD5RJZ, AF4RK, KI4P and 2 others like this.
  5. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is legislation that assures that each and every US ham has the indisputable right to use(ONLY) a six inch stubby antenna-- outside.
    Last edited: May 14, 2018
  6. G0WXU

    G0WXU Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is a crying shame that Ham's are restricted from putting up a efficient external antenna, anywhere. I thought we in the UK were looked down on with antenna problems but it would seem that quite a few of US hams have the same issue due to where they live. Having served in the Royal Signals from being a boy I have been used to errecting antennas for years, where they were needed. Never having to think of any restricktions except to what was overhead, i.e. Power Lines. The only time I was ever bugged by anyone was in Germany. The local Burger Meister sudenly turned up at the radio site. He went off on one about us cutting out the town's TV reception. He had got the wrong detachment. I had to explain to him that our transmitting frequency was nowhere near the TV frequency and I was not allowed to turn my transmitters off without higher authority permission. It was another regiment nearby who was causing his problem but I left him to find that out.
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  7. W8LV

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    It will pass this time.

    In Spite of the HOA Lap Dog Lackeys.

    73 and All the Best!
    DE W8LV Bill
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  8. AG6QR

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    No, because the ham must get prior approval of his HOA before deploying that six inch antenna. If the HOA doesn't have a process in place to issue the approval letter, no antenna is allowed. It's not enough for the HOA to not object to the antenna. If you live in a community with a HOA, you must have that approval note in hand before you can put up any antenna.
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  9. W1YW

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    Both the process and the allowed outcome are onerous in their restrictive nature.
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  10. W1YW

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    Ask the senator from Florida.
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