ARRL Sections - Nevada



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Gary F. Grant
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Comments on HR 4969

"As of August 5, 17 co-sponsors have signed onto the bill, which was introduced in the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support in late June."


It won't be perfect, but if passed will be a "foot in the door" where now we have none!

73,  Gary K7VY


   The  ARRL issued updates on HR.4969 The ARRl report that early efforts on behalf of 'The Amateur Radio Parity Act' HR.4969 are bearing fruit HR.4969 will ensure that every radio ham in the US, regardless of the community they live in, will have the opportunity to practice their avocation from their own homes without breaking any rules or fear of reprisal.   If enacted, HR 4969 would direct the FCC to extend the the reasonable accommodation protections to those amateurs who are living in deed-restricted communities.  Known as "CC&Rs" (covenants, conditions and restrictions) are the prohibitions and limitations placed on properties by builders or home-owner associations (HOAs) which prevent licensed Amateurs from erecting even modest antennas. “With Congress on break for the month of August, we are encouraging our members to meet with their representatives while they are home on break in their districts, and urge their support for HR.4969,” said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. “We’re very pleased with the initial response, but the more noise we make, the better our chances.” Read the ARRL story at:

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See the TV program on (YouTube)  that Randall Lorenz AF7H ARRL PIO worked on for the local media. The program aired on the NBC Ch. 4 in Reno.    "Plush Life Season 6 Episode 14 Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC)" See:    
Special Field Day Editions of Nevada Clubs and much more.

See Nevada Amateur Radio Newswire:   Thanks to John N7UR   Also check out "Reno Amateur Radio Information" FACEBOOK Page:   Thanks to Scott:  KC7STV   "Check out the videos on both websites!"


The Report and Order may be found on the web in PDF format at,

ARLB015 House Bill Would Require FCC to Extend PRB-1 Coverage to
Restrictive Covenants

A bill with bipartisan support has been introduced in the US House
of Representatives that calls on the FCC to apply the "reasonable
accommodation" three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption
policy to private land-use restrictions. HR.4969, the "Amateur Radio
Parity Act of 2014" was introduced on June 25 at the request of the
ARRL, which worked with House staffers to draft the proposed
legislation. The bill's sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). It has
initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT). If the measure
passes the 113th Congress, it would require the FCC, within 120 days
of the Bill's passage, to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to
apply PRB-1 coverage to include homeowners' association regulations
and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions,
and restrictions" (CC&Rs). Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state
and local zoning laws and ordinances.

HR.4969 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

ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, is a principal
advocate for the current legislative initiative to gain PRB-1
recognition for CC&Rs. Lisenco said the most urgent task now is to
get additional co-sponsors to sign onto HR.4969.

Write your Congress representives to get this going!

A Special Message for All Amateurs from ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN   "An HR.4969 page now is open on the ARRL website.  It contains information and resources for clubs and individuals wishing to support efforts to gain co-sponsors for the measure by contacting their members of Congress."   Here’s the direct link:

Congratulations to the SNARS Club for the NVCON hamfest! 

Check out the Reno Amateur Radio Facebook page for pictures of NVCON 2014 and Field Day 2014.

Thanks Scott KC7STV in Reno for the great  pictures! 

Congratulations to: 

Katherine "Kati" Stenrud K7KTI of Reno being appointed the new Nevada Section Youth Coordinator.

Kati who is 14 was named the 2012 Youth Ham of the Year by the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club ( )

Kati holds a General Class license and enjoys contesting, volunteering for communication evemts, Field Day, Kids Day and going to hamfests and promoting ham radio to other youth.

She also like to solder kits, and is working to master CW.

Besides Ham radio Kati is active in the Theatre Arts. 

The State of Nevada has a new Navy MARS Director.  

Jim Basset, W1RO, is an ARRL Life Member and lives in Las Vegas.

Jim Bassett W1RO / NNNøZKQ of Las Vegas has assumed the position from Dale Yanz KJ6IX / NNNøBCF of Gardnerville.

Bassett has more than 45 years of communications experience.  He served 20 years in the US Navy, retiring as a Chief Radioman.  He also was employed for an additional 20 years as a Communications Specialist with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Bassett joined MARS in 1979.  He is a Life Member of the ARRL and is a member of Clark County ARES/RACES.

From: Nevada Amateur Radio Newswire

Section News:

 Information and comments from the Nevada Counties:

Carson City:

Supported: Nevada Division of Emergency Management, Douglas County, Washoe County, Nevada Hospital Association, Carson City Sheriffs Office, Carson City Public Health Department

David C Law N7TNX, Carson City EC 

Churchill County:   (Northwest)
ARCC and LCARES joined forces this month in a very successful Field Day operation at Lake Lahontan. Together, we operated 3, solar powered stations, entertained visitors, and in short had great Teamwork. We look forward to doing the same next year.

Richard C. Bischoff K7ET, ADEC

Clark County:   (Southern)

Our 2nd Quarter Membership meeting had 31 attendees and several guests, including Bud Marshall from the Las Vegas office of the Nevada Division of Emergency Management (NDEM) and Carlito Rayos, Emergency Manager of the City of North Las Vegas. Both Bud & Carlito spoke about their respective responsibilities and how ARES could assist them. Also attending were John Bigley, N7UR, Pacific Division Assistant Vice Director, and Gary Grant, K7VY, our NV Section Manager. Both Gary and John gave us a summary of the state of affairs of the NV ARRL and events at the ARRL's Centennial Convention, Emphasis was made for members to submit letters to the ARRL in support of and seeking our Congressional Representatives co-sponsorship of HR 4969, known as the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014.

Bill Smith W7HM

Esmeralda County:

Attended the Nevada State Convention (NVCON) in Virginia City, NV.

Robert Moss W7WOW, Esmeralda - EC

Storey County:

W1AW/7 Quick Recap

30,557 QSO’S, 2 trips to the ER, 3 car accidents, 2 dead amplifiers, 2 dead K3’s, 1 dead parakeet. 

Tom Taormina, K5RC, EC Storey County
The Comstock Memorial Station, W7RN

Storey County ARES, KS7AA Virginia City, Nevada On the Comstock

Lincoln County:

3 members worked field day. I don't know how many contacts.


Lyon County

Thanks to the LCARES team for their great team spirit. They are great volunteers. John Abrott, KD7NHC, worked on the antennas at the EOC in Yerington. We also assisted at Night in the Country in Yerington on the 25th and 26th.

Paul Strople, KG7DQJ, and John Abrott, KD7NHC, assisted a radio operator with a broken vehicle up in the mountains.

LCARES will be hosting an EMCOMM Level 1 Certification Course to be held September 3rd thru December 3rd, Wednesday nights from 6pm to 9pm. For more information regarding the course and to register please contact Doug Abramson at

Patricia Polish, KE7JIV
Lyon County EC

Douglas County:    (Northwest)

2014 June Alpine, CA & Douglas County, NV Sections Comment  for ARES monthly comment. 

Some DCART members supported the AMBBR  bicycle ride at Lake Tahoe. Then came the Pony Express ReRide/Reenactment, entering Nevada from the west to the east this time. Support communications for this event were coordinated by the Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio Association (SIERA). Several DCART members participated with this event as well, some with home HF base station communications, some actually following the pony along some 400 miles across Nevada to Ibapah, Utah. I personally could not reach the planned Fallon area repeater from my home base station. However, one of the hams on a mountain top in that area set up his IRLP/Echolink. What a save! I was able to do my shift on Echolink. The ham had connected it to the pony ride ham followers on our planned simplex frequency so it was great to hear each other. As the base station that shift, I was then able to call the pony express hot line to update the location of the mail/pony.

Wait, there is more. DCART members assisted the Alta Alpina Challenge event, a bicycle ride mostly in Alpine County (one leg in Nevada).  Many of that ride support group have become hams and handled all the field communications. DCART staffed our Douglas County 911 Dispatch ham station. We helped coordinate injury reports to be sure they were making it formally into the 911 system. (Douglas has the Alpine Dispatch duty nights and weekends.) The event offered us the opportunity to review ham radio communications points in Alpine as there is virtually no cell phone service. Also we updated ourselves on our ham station operations. Thank you very much to the operators for the Challenge. The Death Ride/Tour of the California Alps is coming up July 12. There wil l be some interesting operations to tell you about in July.

Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ

Alpine County, CA and Douglas County, NV

ARES Emergency Coordinator

 Washoe County:   (Northwest)

June was relatively quiet except for the RENO 5000. Thanks to KE7JMN, KA7FOO, KF7KEM, AF7HD, KF7BNX, W7ADZ, KG7BOE, KF7ZKS, KA7ZAU and Bill DeCoux (who just passed his Tech), we provided communications for the directors of the RENO5000 half marathon race around Hidden Valley Park last Saturday. Directors William and Shanna were very pleased with our communications help.

Bob Miller WA6MTY

Washoe County

ARES Emergency Coordinator

White Pine County (North East)

** One new ENARS Club member, also wishes to be interested in ARES, will be scheduling a testing session for him in the next few weeks for his license exam.

** The pony express re-ride was the public service event in June, It was staffed by Jim Derrick N6FIR and Les Robison N7GWT. It was a long shift for both members but was alot of fun.

*I will be petitioning the local membership from the ENARS group to see if there is any interest from anyone for the White Pine County EC position after my transition to DEC.

Jim derrick N6FIR,  WPC EC / DEC

City of Reno hosted a Safety Fair

The Fair took place at Wingfield Park and working closely with the city I was able to secure a place for E|COM1. Other exhibitors included REMSA, Reno Fire Dept Swift Water Rescue, Reno PD K-9 teams, 911 dispatch, utility representatives, Reno's confined space, CERT, Washoe County REOC, and many others.
Bob WA6MTY, Doug KA7FOO and myself met with a number of local officials as well as the public. ARES was able to secure eight new governmental contact and ten individuals from the public are planning to attend a ARES meeting and see if it is a good fit. 
Randall C Lorenz, AF7HD ARRL PIO

J. Parker N7TOC, OBS, Local Government Liaison has been at several Washoe County meetings looking for amateur radio issues.  Including: Washoe County Commission and planning meetings.

Glenn Hale, KB7REO SEC

From Ray W7YKN in Reno.   Check on your W1AW status!  

"You should be able to log in with your LOTW stuff, not your regular ARRL website stuff."

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John, N7UR PIC has some new features to show us!

Nevada Officials