The Scottsdale Communications Commission

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    <H2>The City of Scottsdale, AZ, proposal for amendment to Zoning Ordinance No. 455</h2>

    <H3>ATTENTION: QRZ has removed the original article.</H3>

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    Read on.


    There is a LOT of misunderstanding regarding this issue. Lots of
    people have written, saying that they have received "rude and
    unprofessional" responses to their emails regarding this issue,
    stating "Just read the ordinance." And we at QRZ have been accused
    of "jumping the gun" and creating a false alarm.

    I submitted this article, and here is what I know about it:

    First.. it is true that the ORDINANCE states that amateur radio is
    EXEMPT. However, the point was NOT the ordinance, but the proposed
    AMENDMENT to the ordinance. It's intention was to "broaden the
    scope" of the ordinance. And that intent was not well established.

    It states that it would include "personal wireless facilities." I
    was told that it had been considered, since the planning commission
    thought "personal wireless facilities" was synonymous with "personal
    wireless service facility" and "PCS" or "Personal Communications
    Service," (it isn't) that they might not even need the specific
    exemption for amateur radio.

    Second... there is a lot of confusion amongst hams, and as I have
    found, apparently also within the Scottsdale planning commission
    themselves about the terminology of the proposed amendment AND the
    original ordinance. I talked to the gentleman at the planning
    commission and it seems that the intent was not to include hams, but
    the wording didn't exactly reflect that.

    Third... the proposal was sent to an ARRL Regulatory person, and he
    was taken aback by it as well.

    I have to question even the non-Amateur radio parts of this ordinance
    and proposal. I mean, it's wording also includes "reception
    devices." Why would a reception device be required to have an annual
    certification that it complies with the FCC's RF emissions guidelines?

    A few more interesting tidbids from the City of Scottsdale planning
    website regarding another idea:

    "The purpose of the Wireless Communication Text Amendment is to
    address the following issues that surfaced during recent public
    dialogue. These issues include:

    *Permitted heights of ham radio antennas.

    *The use of flagpoles to conceal wireless antennas."

    Oh, well. We tried.

    Editor, QRZ
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