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 Comments on HR 4969

"Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014" Co-Sponsor List Swells to 32

The number of co-sponsors for H.R. 4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, has reached 32 members of the US House of Representatives. The list includes 21 Republicans and 11 Democrats representing 17 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The push to persuade additional House members to sign on as H.R. 4969 co-sponsors continues. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, has pointed out that the House may adjourn as early as Friday, September 19, and not reconvene until after the mid-term elections on November 4. Members of the ARRL team have been in Washington, DC, to contact House members while Congress is still in session.

ARRL Letter

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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Pacificon 2014, a regional Centennial event celebrating 100 years of the ARRL, returns to the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel at 2700 Mission College Blvd in Santa Clara, California. The convention takes place Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th, 2014. Pacificon 2014 is the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, produced every year by the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC).


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 Boomtown Resort/Casino in Reno has been picked by the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society as the site for the 2015 ARRL Nevada State Convention. Known as NVCON, the convention will run May 1-3. Additional details have not been released.

Pacificon 2014, a regional Centennial event celebrating 100 years of the ARRL, returns to the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel at 2700 Mission College Blvd in Santa Clara, California. The convention takes place Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th, 2014. Pacificon 2014 is the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, produced every year by the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC).

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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:

Members supported Nevada Dept. Emergency Management,Douglas Co ARES, Washoe Co ARES, Nevada Hospital Association Hamlink Systems

David C Law N7TNX, Carson City EC 

Churchill County:   (Northwest)
Preparing for the EMCOMM-1 course, which will be starting in Sep in Silver Springs, and the annual SET, which will be held in Sep.

Richard C. Bischoff K7ET, ADEC

Clark County:   (Southern)

We had a productive training session on packet radio and a breakfast meeting to address SKYWARN program and how to make it more effective.
News To Report:
A former ARES/RACES member, Arnie Zelig, WA2SOE, became a Silent Key in August. Arnie is remembered for his cheerful demeanor and his passion for CW.
Bill Smith W7HM EC Clark County

North East Clark County

Muddy River flood was measured from bridge deck.
Normal feet is abt 27-28'
highest water level was 15'
last measure was25'
measured by Don NF7R and Joe Perez
south end of Overton flooded by the Overton wash was
cleaned up early.

Tom Cleminson KF7FTJ,  EC NE Clark Co. 

Esmeralda County:

Looking forward to Sept. 27 SET

Robert Moss W7WOW, Esmeralda - EC

Humboldt County

Net which NTS Liaison is maintained: 

Barry w7bom, EC Humboldt Co. 

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

I would like to thank Brian Dickson, KB1BEX, for taking over this month while I was on vacation in Oregon. Our team will be set up at Dayton Valley Days on September 20 & 21 providing the public with information and hopefully recruiting new members. In addition we are looking forward to the SET at the end of September

Patricia Polish, KE7JIV
Lyon County EC

Douglas County:    (Northwest)

 2014 July Alpine, CA & Douglas County, NV Sections Comment for ARES monthly report

DCART members participated in a frequencies planning exercise August 18, 2014. Members participated from home and also staffed our 911 Dispatch ham station and the county Unit 900 (mobile dispatch). The 911 Manager exercised the county Reverse 911 call out for members to begin operations. The 911 net control operator received checkins on all our planning frequencies. We are making note of the challenges that came up such as making sure the volume on our dual band was turned down for the other band. Each member was able to test and exercise his/her home/mobile radio equipment and ability to reach the frequencies. Our packet operations have technical challenges and training will help.

Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ

Alpine County, CA and Douglas County, NV

ARES Emergency Coordinator

Pershing County

I went to Reno for SNARS and WCENCOM center for training. I went up to Humbolt county for ARES training.
Any News To Report:
I was unable to participate in NETS do to abnormal lightning activity for the last 6-7 weeks.

Ed KE7QHM, EC Pershing County

 Washoe County:   (Northwest)

8-1-14 ARES training discussed upcoming events:
Dr Todd KE7QHN developed an ARES Member data entry board on WebEOC so we can all maintain our data on WebEOC so he gave a demonstration. Next month we will start entering our data so I can access the data during an activation.

Discussed the upcoming events: Tour De Tahoe 8/7/14; Vegas to Reno Off road Race 8/13/14 8/16/14; Tahoe 200 9/5/14 9/9/14; Reno 5000-3 9/7/14; Reno Air-Races 9/10/14 9/14/14; Sierra Valley Gran Fondo 9/14/14; Edible Pedal 100 9/21/14
72 hrs

8-4-14 Attended Earthquake planning mtg KA7KEM, KA7FOO and Me 12 hrs
8-6-14 Regional Training Planning Exercise Workshop (TEPW) KA7KEM, KA7FOO and Me 12 hrs
8-12-14 ARES Emmitsburg briefing 4 hrs

Lots of hours planning Tahoe 200

News To Report: Moved our truck ECOMM1 out of the building on Valley Rd. Signed the lease on a hangar at Reno Air Races where we can store ECOMM1 after the races for a great price.

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 Bass 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!

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Nevada Officials