Senate passes National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 5515

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by W1BR, Jun 19, 2018.

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  1. W1BR

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    The fact that the ARRL has remained silent is telling. I guess we need to see what gets passed by both chambers and ends up on Trump's desk.
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  2. AB3TQ

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    I was thinking exactly the same thing. I reviewed the June 21, 2018 ARRL Leter and found no mention of any recent ARPA developments (and that was 3 days after the original post for this thread). Perhaps it was too new a story on a busy news week heading into Field Day and a DXpedition among others.

    But if they are equally silent this week in the June 28, 2018 Letter, I think that says everything it needs to about their ARPA expectations. In three days we will know if the League is still cheering this legislation on, or if they have given up any hope of eventual passage. I think they know quite a bit about what is or is not coming.

    I read somewhere that those in charge would like to have the NDAA on the Presidents desk some time in July, but can not find any details at all about the conference committee that the NDAA has to navigate first.
  3. K4KWH

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    While I don't have a "dog" in this fight, I can see how this *might* be a good thing. We sometimes argue within/among ourselves about the need for amateur communications in ES applications. However, there ARE other agencies whose volunteers, perhaps, face the same HOA challenges. These people have a *justifiable* need to be on the air. Some are volunteer firemen, some are members of CAP with HF and VHF stations that are definitely part of our civilian and military communications structure. A new ARPA with HOA's having the ability to so (if I read this correctly) may react by restricting these agencies as well. After all, they would be unlikely to know the difference between an amateur station, a CB station, OR a station governed, not by FCC, but NTIA. I do not yet know if NTIA even has a policy, or a rule, regarding this. Probably it has not yet come up. The same problem exists WRT our mobile capabilities with the 'distracted driving' laws. To me, while many of us don't seem to consider amateur radio anything BUT a hobby--and that is fine-- it IS, however, a potential (and. IMHO, a vital ) resource that can be called upon IF needed.

    Some of us believe this Bill is a good thing: others think it is bad. and we can read it both ways. While I have been in favor of some sort of relief, this partially reeks of "be careful of what you ask for". It sounds like the language contradicts itself, so I'm not sure. It would seem that HOA's could interpret the law as "status quo" leaving them to restrict as they please. So where will this leave us AND the NTIA-controlled folks? Thankfully, I don't have an HOA!:cool::)
  4. K4KWH

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    Does that apply to mobile as well?:confused:
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