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Quoted from the ARRL at http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-of-2015-introduced-in-congress

“The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” — H.R.1301 — has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats. Kinzinger also sponsored “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, which died at the end of the 113th Congress. H.R. 1301 is an essentially identical piece of legislation.

I urge everybody to contact Representative Rick Larsen to urge his support of this bill. This issue is as important here in the San Juans as it is in suburbia on the mainland. You can send Mr. Larsen an “email” via his web page at http://larsen.house.gov/contact-rick.

Here is the email that I just sent:

Mr. Larsen,

I urge you to support, or better yet co-sponsor, H.R. 1301 which would ensure that amateur radio operators are afforded the same protection from unreasonable antenna siting requirements by home owners’ associations or deed restrictions as they presently have from local zoning laws and ordinances via the PRB-1 (http://www.arrl.org/prb-1) federal pre-emption policy.

Amateur radio operators are one of the key resources providing local and long distance communications in the the event of emergencies. I live of Orcas Island and am a member of the local amateur radio group, the San Juan County Amateur Radio Society (http://www.sjcars.org). Our group has on numerous occasions over the past several years provided emergency radio support to local fire and law agencies during telephone and 911 outages. You may also recall that in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina radio amateurs were key to the success of emergency communications. These are only two examples of the hundreds of times amateur radio operators have volunteered to assist their communities and country in times of need.

Please take time to familiarize yourself with the issues at hand. To assist you, the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) has publish a web page summarizing the H.R. 1301 and its issues. You may read more at http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301.

Thank you for your time and your consideration.

Best Regards,
Jim McCorison
Orcas Island, WA

I urge everybody to take a minute to voice your support for this bill. It doesn’t have to be long, even just a sentence asking his support for H.R. 1301 adds another voice to the chorus. If we make our chorus large enough it should improve our chances of getting this bill passed.

Updated: 3/6/2015 Corrected Mr. Larsen’s first name.

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