Recently, the ARRL hosted a webinar on HR 4969, The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014. This bill seeks to extend PRB-1 authority over private home owner agreements as it does to municipal ordinances. Larry, WB8R, the Michigan Section Manager,recently sent this PowerPoint presentation that was used at the webinar to people around Michigan, suggesting that they might want to present it at their club meetings. He writes:
By now you have heard a fair amount about HR-4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 which is currently in the US House of Representatives.
This bill is our best chance to gain a seat at the table with Homeowner’s Associations and CC&R’s that preclude amateur operation by restricting antenna structures. This bill would require the FCC to force reasonable accommodation for radio amateurs, much the same as they forced the allowance of the small satellite dishes across the country.
Many of you have already written letters to your representatives and I thank you for that. The PowerPoint that I have attached here is the background information for the bill that is very suitable for use as a club program to inform your members about this opportunity.
For any of you that would like to use this in a club program, if you send me a note with the name of the congressperson that your group is represented by, I would be happy to produce a custom letter for you to have your club members sign and I can even forward them to the ARRL for hand delivery in Washington. Right now we are working on gaining co-sponsors and later on we will be running a campaign to convince our congresspersons to vote in favor of this bill.
And then, hopefully it will be on to the Senate and we will do it all over again.
None of these things happen quickly and HR-4969 is no exception. And nothing good comes without a lot of work. I appreciate your efforts to help inform the ham population of Michigan and if I can be of specific help to you, all you have to do is to call me.
Please feel free to download it and spread the word.