November 18, 2015
The Amateur Radio Parity Act S. 1685 has been endorsed by the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In the voice vote on November 18, two Senators — Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) — asked to be recorded as voting “no.” The Committee held an executive session to consider the various legislative measures and nominations.
Continue reading Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes Senate Committee, Gains Cosponsors
ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call for League Members to contact Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation members representing their states to urge their support of S. 1685, the US Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015. President Craigie said the bill could be scheduled for mark-up in the committee as early as next week, and that opponents to S. 1685 have been rallying their supporters. She said the ARRL and its legislative consultants on Capitol Hill “are hard at work” to ensure that the mark-up goes favorably. President Craigie called for “a blast of support for the bill” from ARRL members living in states that committee members represent.
Continue reading ARRL President Urges “Blast of Support” for Senate Version of Amateur Radio Parity Act
April 24, 2015
The US House Committee on Energy and Commerce has given the Federal Communications Commission a May 7 deadline to produce documents related to FCC Enforcement Bureau proposals to close two-thirds of its field offices and eliminate nearly one-half of its staff of field agents. In an April 23 letter, Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) told FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that his panel wants the Commission to provide all documents relating to the proposed closures.
Continue reading House Committee Asks FCC for Documents Related to Proposed Enforcement Bureau Closures
by Rob Mavis AE6GE
May 11, 2014
Campfire Permits Available Online
As the weather warms up it’s getting close to time for trips to the Sierra Nevada’s to go camping. One of the most important things to take with you when you go camping in the forest is a Campfire Permit. While permits may not be required in established campsites, it is always a good idea to have one so you know the rules of open flames in the forest. Besides, you never know if your favorite campsite will be full and you need to resort to dispersed camping.
To make it easier to educate folks and allow us an easy method to obtain campfire permits the California Wildland Fire Coordinating group (CWCG) PreventWildfireCA.org website has an online resourse to obtain a Campfire Permit.
At http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Permits/ you will watch a 2-1/2 minute video, take a short test and be able to download and print a valid Campfire Permit.