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Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Hits 100 Proponents in the US House
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R. 1301 and S. 1685 -- now has the support of 100 members of the US House of Representatives. Two additional cosponsors signed onto H.R. 1301 on September 24, raising the number of cosponsors to 99. Those members plus the House bills sponsor, US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), total 100 proponents, and the number is expected to continue growing.
One of the newcomers agreeing to cosponsor H.R. 1301 was the congressman who represents the Connecticut House district that includes ARRL Headquarters -- Rep John Larson (D-CT). The other new cosponsor was Rep Kristi L. Noem (R-SD)
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions. Kinzinger introduced H.R. 1301 in March, with 12 original cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. Sen Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S. 1685 in June, with Sen Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as the original cosponsor.
Recently the League took steps to address objections and concerns raised by representatives of community associations about the legislation. Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity makes it clear that the bill would not create new federal policy with respect to outdoor amateur antennas. As it points out, the FCC already recognizes a strong federal interest in effective Amateur Radio communication from residences and has adopted a limited preemption of state and local regulation of Amateur Radio antennas. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 would extend the limited preemption to private land-use restrictions.
H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panels Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure. S. 1685has been referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committees subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, chaired by Sen Wicker, the bills sponsor.
The ARRL continues to encourage members to write their US House and Senate members urging their cosponsorship of the legislation. Visit the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page for information on how you can get involved.
HamCation to Host 2016 ARRL National Convention
HamCation will take place February 12-14 at the Central Florida Fair and Expo Park in Orlando. In 2015, the convention sponsored 28 forums covering topics in Amateur Radio technology, public service, and education. ARRL Volunteer Examiners will conduct morning and afternoon license examination sessions on Saturday. Special event station K1AA will be set up and operating from the fairgrounds, and licensed attendees are invited to participate.
The focus of the League's national convention will be ARRL EXPO, which will feature an array of ARRL exhibits and programs. The League also will sponsor several presentations and forums.
On Saturday evening, the 2016 ARRL National Convention Banquet will take place at the nearby Highland Manor in Apopka, Florida. Banquet tickets, available from ARRL, are $60, including transportation from the fairgrounds and some nearby hotels.
The HamCation website explains how to obtain convention tickets and offers more information about forums, exhibits, exam sessions, and local accommodations -- some offering special convention rates. Convention tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the gate, offering admission for all 3 days.-ARRL Letter
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