ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has told Section Mangers that while promotion and positive publicity about the Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 1301) are always helpful, the most useful action radio amateurs can take is to contact their members of Congress, urging them to sign on as a bill cosponsor. As of June 9, 72 members of the US House in both parties were listed as cosponsors to the proposed legislation, which would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions. Craigie told the SMs that the grassroots campaign supporting HR 1301 needs more letters.
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March 5, 2015
“The introduction of H.R. 1301 with so many original co-sponsors, so early in this session of Congress, is very encouraging,” said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. “Several additional members of Congress already have agreed to be co-sponsors. This bill has momentum, but introduction is only the first step. Many of the next steps will be taken as ARRL members contact their US Representatives urging co-sponsorship and thanking them as they sign on to the bill.”
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FCC Proposes to Fine CBer $14,000 for Not Permitting Station Inspection
The FCC continued this month to demonstrate that it’s serious about enforcing its rules and regulations, proposing to fine a Florida Citizens Band operator $14,000 for failing to allow FCC agents inspect his station. The Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to Tommie Salter of Jacksonville on August 22. The Commission alleged that Salter earlier this year denied permission for agents from the FCC’s Tampa Office to check out his station in the wake of renewed complaints of interference to a neighbor’s “home electronic equipment.” On March 21, the agents monitored radio transmissions on 27.245 MHz and used radio direction-finding techniques to track the signal’s source to Salter’s residence.
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HR 4969 – The Amateur Radio Parity Act
In June, 2014 with Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) as the sponsor and Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) as co-sponsor, HR 4969 – the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” – was introduced into the 113th Congress. This bipartisan effort would direct the FCC to extend the “reasonable accommodation” provisions for Amateur Radio antennas to include all types of land-use regulation, including deed restrictions and restrictive covenants.
FCC Alleges Deliberate Interference, Failure to Identify in Proposing Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs
The FCC Enforcement Bureau came down hard on two radio amateurs this week, proposing substantial fines for alleged deliberate interference to other Amateur Radio communications — in one case by transmitting music and animal noises — and failure to properly identify. In similar Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALs) released July 22, the Commission proposed fining Michael Guernsey, KZ8O (ex-ND8V), of Parchment, Michigan, $22,000, and Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, $11,500. In both cases, the FCC said the evidence indicated that the transmissions at issue were aimed at interfering with other radio amateurs with whom each “has had a long-standing and well-documented dispute” that had spilled out onto the air.
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July 31, 2012
FCC Upholds $7000 Forfeiture Order to Merced California CB Operator
After a Merced, California man refused to let FCC investigators inspect his Citizens Band (CB) radio station, the FCC issued — and upheld — a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) for $7000 for not allowing the inspection. In issuing the NAL in March 2011, the FCC found that Ira Jones “apparently willfully and repeatedly” violated Section 303(n) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 95.426(a) of the Commission’s rules (CB Rule 26) by failing to permit the inspection. Jones responded to the NAL, but the FCC upheld the forfeiture amount, saying that Jones’ arguments were “irrelevant” and “unpersuasive.”
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December 28, 2011
Nevada cellphone law goes into effect Sunday
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Nevada law banning non-hands-free cellphone use while driving officially goes into effect Sunday, Jan. 1.
Nevada law enforcement began issuing verbal or written warnings starting Oct. 1. Once 2012 begins, those pulled over for texting, talking or otherwise using a non-hands-free device will be subject to a $50 fine for the first offense, $100 for the second and $250 for the third and subsequent offenses. Fines are subject to doubling if the offense occurs in a work zone.
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Sample Letter and Information – HR 607
The ARRL has prepared a sample letter for you to use when contacting your Representative in the US House asking them to oppose HR 607
Download the sample letter here
After downloading the letter, you should personalize it to include the name and address of your representative at the top and your personal contact information at the bottom.
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by Elizabeth Bewley
March 30, 2011
Witnesses cite public safety as reason to pass bill
Washington — Public safety officials urged lawmakers Wednesday to pass a bill that would allocate certain radio frequencies exclusively to public safety — legislation that ham radio enthusiasts say would limit their ability to broadcast during severe weather and other emergencies.
To offset the cost of this change, the bill would sell for commercial use the 420-440 MHz frequencies that amateur radio operators currently use for free.
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by Didi Tang and Malia Rulon
March 29, 2011
Ham radio operators concerned about losing band
Ham radio enthusiasts nationwide are concerned about a bill in Congress that they say would limit their ability to help in disasters and emergencies.
Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, introduced legislation last month aimed at enhancing emergency communications for first responders by reallocating certain frequencies exclusively for public safety.
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