K1VR Shows HR555 (ARPA) to Be a 'HAM RADIO KILLER'

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W1YW, Aug 9, 2017.

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  1. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    [​IMG] World famous antenna and tower attorney Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, has recently and publicly provided his comments on the Amateur Radio Parity Act, HR 555, now being considered as a bill (under its own bill number)in the US Senate. Mr. Hopengarten gave a compelling rebuttal on the wording of the bill back at the 2017 Dayton Hamvention Forum. The attached link provides Fred's expert opinion on the fatal wording of the bill as presently being considered.


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  2. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    K1VR heard OTA tonight at bottom of 40m nimbly running CW in WAE contest.
  3. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    He is a superb CW op!
  4. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    The August 2017 edition of CQ Magazine also ran its own article on why ARPA is not good for amateur radio in its current form. It's time for Parity Act authors to go back to the drawing board and write a bill that all hams can support.
  5. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here is a link to the CQ "White Paper",


    It contains embedded links to other material that include the August 2017 article written by Jim K3JT, a former attorney for the FCC, titled Why HR555 is Not (Good) Enough for Hams.

    Also links to the original bill, the Sept 2017 QST ARRL FAQ, which was apparently a response to the August CQ article, a rebuttal of that ARRL FAQ by K3JT, and also that of K1VR from the OP.

    73 de John - WØPV
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  6. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wow... crickets. The lack of activity in this thread makes me wish Mr. Hopengarten had written his opinion piece several months ago. :cool:
  7. AB3TQ

    AB3TQ Subscriber QRZ Page

    If this thread does become active, out will come all the differences of opinion again. And then this one will get locked down too. Why even discuss it if you are not allowed to have disagreement?
  8. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's not the discussion or difference of opinion that gets threads locked. It's when the discussion derails from the subject into pages of personal ugliness that threads get shut down. As long as people stay on-topic and somewhat civil, the discussion can continue. And it seems to be helping, because people are slowly starting to think about the real CC&R issues that people need solved, and the real issues that are raised by the current bills (e.g., those raised in the document linked by the OP).

    The "staying civil" part is the main challenge in QRZ forums, but it can be done. :)
  9. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    The lack of activity, IMO, is because Fred (QRZed) didn't post it on the main page--and Fred(QRZed) told me to shut up and stop posting with any frequency...

    It is Fred's(QRZed) website, for sure, but this issue needs to be more generally promulgated, and IMO belongs on the main page so others will see it .

    We should all be OK that Fred(QRZed) does not support dropping this bill--he is certainly entitled to his opinion.

    BTW, the ARRL claimed to have sent the K5UR plea to "all its members". Well, I am a LM and I didn't get it.

    But as N3JT says, read the facts, form your own opinion, and act accordingly. Note N3JT ominously says, vis a vis wording of the bill:

    " The FCC cannot make the ARPA language in any respect more liberal or permissive".

    There are NO 'fix it in the mix' moments with the FCC after the bill, as presently worded, is law, if it gets there.

    End of my comments on this thread.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2017
  10. KD0CAC

    KD0CAC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I guess that when I get a email from the ARRL , I should fact check / look for 2nd opinions ?
    When they send out letters looking for signers of petitions ?
    Now if I change my mind after reading the above link , how to take back my signature from the petition ?

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