Amateur Radio Parity Act Would Not Void “Private Contracts,” ARRL General Counsel Says

ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, has rebutted assertions, expressed by some, that the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 would represent an unlawful intrusion into “private contracts” and would invalidate architectural limitations and rules regarding the installation of ham radio antennas in residential neighborhoods. Imlay said the argument raised is that no federal legislation should alter private land-use restrictions, since these are contractual obligations.“The contractual characteristic of private land-use regulation has not existed in the United States for a great many years,” he pointed out. Imlay recently expanded on the topic during a lengthy interview with HamRadioNow webcast host Gary Pearce, KN4AQ.

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CARP Summer Sizzler – August 8 – Meadow Lakes

There is a change of venue for this year’s CARP Summer Sizzler Party. As a way to try and get out of the summer heat this year the party will be at Meadow Lakes. Sorry, but there will not be any fireworks or cannon this year, but the cooler weather should make up for the lack of pyrotechnics. We will still have the great pot-luck and a chance for our members to have an eyeball with others.

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Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Gains Momentum, Cosponsor List Tops 90

Keep those letters coming! To date, according to the ARRL Regulatory Affairs Office, more than 4300 letters have been received from League members since the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 grassroots campaign began in March, all urging their members in both branches of Congress to become cosponsors of the bill. More letters are in the queue, and the correspondence seems to be having the desired effect in terms of additional cosponsors. The League has a combined web page to provide a clearing house for all information on the identical pieces of legislation now in play in the US House and Senate. The Act would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions. The FCC has been reluctant to extend those legal protections without direction from Congress. Continue reading

Comm Volunteers Needed – Tour de Fresno 2015

Tour de Fresno 2015- Communications Support

Saturday September 12, 2015. Time: TBA

Locations around the Central Valley

To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:
20+ communications volunteers.

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: Tour de Fresno 2015 Signup Form

Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or

Carp Camp-a-Long – August 14-16, 2015 – CANCELED

Sorry the  August 14-16 camp-a-long has been canceled.

The next CARP Camp-a-long for 2015 will be August 14-16 at Granite Creek Campgrounds.

There will likely be a group heading up on Friday morning, but you are welcome to show up anytime.

Due to fire restrictions we will be limited to camping in designated/improved campsites in designated campgrounds so we may have a campfire.

As with all  CARP outings, attendees are responsible for securing transportation, meals and necessary equipment.


Granite Creek Campgrounds, Madera, CA
Google Map (when using google maps, search for Granite Creek Campground Madera)


August 14-16, 2015


Please let us know if you are planning on attending and email us at


Pending Repeater on the air on 147.675 MHz

There is a new repeater on the air on the CARP 2-meter repeater pair of 147.675/147.075 Mhz. The repeater is out of Redwood City area and is currently in pending status with NARCC. We have been asked if we have had any problems/interference from the new repeater.

If you have noticed any new interference, please report it to immediately. Also if you have the opportunity to monitor the 147.675 Mhz repeater that would be greatly appreciated.

ARRL Website Has New Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Page
June 29, 2015

Now that there is Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 legislation in both chambers of the US Congress, the League has a combined web page to accommodate activities on behalf of the two bills. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 is H.R. 1301 in the US House of Representatives and S. 1685 in the US Senate. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page provides a clearing house for all information on these identical pieces of legislation.

US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced H.R. 1301 on March 4 with bipartisan support. US Sen Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S. 1685 on June 26, with Sen Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as an original cosponsor.

The bill would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” or CC&Rs. PRB-1 now only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances, and the FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure. S 1685 has been referred to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, which is chaired by the Sen Wicker, the Senate bill’s sponsor.

ARRL members are urged to contact their members of Congress in both the House and the Senate, asking them to sign on to the bill as cosponsors. Route letters to your member of Congress to ARRL, ATTN Amateur Radio Parity Act Grassroots Campaign, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Correspondence will be sorted at ARRL Headquarter and hand delivered to the appropriate US representatives and senators.

The House version of The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 has attracted support from 83 cosponsors, as of June 29.

Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers – Fresno County California