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 Comments on HR 4969

"Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014" Co-Sponsor List Swells to 47

The number of co-sponsors for H.R. 4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, has reached 47 members of the US House of Representatives.  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.

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:

“Who is my Congress person?”; open and find the addresses for your Representatives if you are an ARRL member. or go to and  to get that information.







Manager - John Bigley N7UR at

Thanks to John N7UR for "pitch hiting'" while I was in the hospital.

73, Gary K7VY

Nevada ARRL Section Manager

Please also see the Nevada Section website for much more information:

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Thank John N7UR.

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On receiving the 2014 ARRL Pacific Division "Ham of the Year" award at the Pacificon banquet in Santa Clara, CA.  "A deserving tribute for all the work he does for ham radio!"  John is also the Nevada Assistant Section Manager and Nevada Section PIC. (Public Information Coordinator)
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. 

General Admission: $25  in advance.  Featuring: Educational Sessions and Forums, ham testing, Exhibitors and Vendors, Ladies Luncheon, Satirday Ham Swap, Saturday Night Banquet and Entertainment and much more....More NVCON Information See

Boomtown Website:


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 stateand 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 measure.

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:

M Nevada Dept. Emergency Management, Douglas Co ARES and 911 Center, Washoe Co ARES, Nevada Hospital Assn. Ham Link systems for Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center-Sierra Surgery Center-Carson Valley Medical Center with voice and packet communications.
Attended Pacificon

David C Law

Carson City EC

Churchill County:   (Northwest)

Continuing to work on Packet System, and sending out Weekly Packet Test Messages, as well as Weekly ICS-213 Test Messages to the NW District.

Richard C. Bischoff K7ET, ADEC

Clark County:   (Southern)

The reduction in membership reflects elimination from the membership database of: 1) removal of members who now report to the NE Clark County EC; and 2) removal of members whose membership had expired and who failed to respond to emails/phone messages soliciting renewal of their memberships. 85 people had expired memberships and of those 41 (48%) had no record of completing any training, This is in sharp contrast to the active 91 members of which 91% have completed at least one training course, and of those 49 members have completed all required and recommended training courses. Also, the October training session was cancelled due to several public service events and the SET occurring within a week or two before or on the scheduled date. Finally, I was absent for the October 25 membership meeting and do not have the attendance information for that meeting, so I could not report those hours in this report.

Bill Smith W7HM EC Clark County

North East Clark County

Need a way to get through road blocks.

2 floods in Overton. Wad not able to get through road block to measure Moody River on the first flood. there were 2 swift water rescues and many other home rescues for high water.
Second flood was much like the first except we were able to measure the river once which was 11 feet from bed of bridge, usually it is 27 to 28 feet.

Tom Cleminson KF7FTJ,  EC NE Clark Co. 

Nye County

Public service event and SET held at same time. Was new and different for all. Simplex used with a lot of relay work to be done by all. Good training.Public service event and SET held at same time. Was new and different for all. Simplex used with a lot of relay work to be done by all. Good training.

Gerald J. Fuge
EC Nye County

Esmeralda County:

Looking forward to Sept. 27 SET

Robert Moss W7WOW, Esmeralda - EC

Humboldt County

Monthly meeting covered finding repeaters when traveling out of your local and well traveled areas.
Topics ranged from current health issues and other areas when working with the public.

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:

Great Basin ARC averages 4 check-ins weekly. Hope this will increase as time goes by..

We had 4 members participate in the SET. 4 check-ins on the VHF Treasure Hill repeater which has Generator backup and was removed from the Western Reflector.

We had 4 VHF check-ins and 2 HF check-ins. We also passed one piece of traffic to NC in Ely.
I operated from my home QTH on generator power as we had a antenna problem at our ECC.


Lyon County

September was a busy month for LCARES. We have 4 people attending the Emergency Communications I Class. We did recruitment at Dayton Valley Days and we assisted Washoe County ARES with the Edible Pedal. We had a great learning experience during the SET. The team is looking forward to working the Nevada Day Parade

Patricia Polish, KE7JIV
Lyon County EC

Douglas County:    (Northwest)

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

During our October Douglas County Amateur Radio Team meeting, we discussed packet operations, training and plans. KJ7UK, Dick Creley and KJ6IX, Dale Yanz, led the discussion with KD7NHC, John Abrott, our Nevada Northwest District Emergency Coordinator, who relayed packet and other operations plans for Lyon County. We are moving forward to tie Nevada locations into the network.

KA7FOO, Doug Abramson, ADEC, from Reno, relayed some interesting information regarding the CARCON ( a Nevada frequency coordination group) 440 ham band designations. As I understand it, there are no 440 simplex operation frequencies designated. Some years earlier, our DCART group built our frequency plan using simplex operations that were approved and coordinated by the CARCON group. This part of CARCON's planning will affect our other districts as well. It seems the CARCON website has been not been reachable for a while. DCART will continue to use our frequency plan until we receive further direction.

KA7FOO also offered the EMCOMM class for us for a minimum of 5 students.

As I write this, we are celebrating Nevada Day, October 31st, our 150th anniversary of statehood. Our Nevada Day parade is taking place November 1st in Carson City. Many area hams are supporting communications as well as staging special events that you will read about in November's reports.

Our DCART member and AEC, KF7MYL, Loraine Hanwell, is moving out of our District to Reno. Thank you very much Loraine, for your support and assistance for our operations.

Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ

Alpine County, CA and Douglas County, NV

ARES Emergency Coordinator

NYE County
Get ready for the cold wet time of year. Check your batteries!
Gerald J. Fuge KC6ILH EC Nye County

Pershing County

Still had some problems with Electrical storms restricting my operations.

 Washoe County:   (Northwest)

October 4th at the monthly ARES training, Chris Smallcomb KD5KPZ from National Weather Service gave a Skywarn Training on how to report severe weather.

On October 9th, the Washoe County Health District coordinated and directed several local agencies in operating a small drive through POD (Point of Dispensing) exercise in inoculating a number of people with flu shots at the Livestock Event Center in a drive through POD. During the event ARES provided interoperable communications between FRS radios, Amateur Radio and 800 Mhz radios in the event of an emergency. Thanks to Bob WA6MTY, Doug KA7FOO and Randall AF7HD providing this link.

On October 16th Washoe County Local Emergency Planning committee participated in the Great Nevada Shakeout. After the shaking quit ARES was activated on a small scale where Randall AF7HD was deployed to Gerlach to attempt VHF communications between the EOC and the REOC. The local hospital Amateur Radio Operators were invited to check in with simulated damage reports. Thanks to Bob WA6MTY, Doug KA7FOO, Rick KE7KEM and one hospital operator Larry KF7NJL of Northern Nevada Medical Center.

October 18th was the final Reno 5000-4 Halloween Fun Run at Dolan Auto Groups facility. Thanks to Bob WA6MTY, Doug KA7FOO, Ray KB7GNA, Gordon WB6JAD, Darrel W7ADZ, Richard N7TGB, and Ken KE7BNX, to help with communications to keep the runners safe.

Any News To Report?
One Day Ham Cram November 15th

Bob Miller WA6MTY

Washoe, County

ARES Emergency Coordinator

White Pine County (North East)

I am continuing to recruit members for WP CO ARES as there appears to be considerable interest.

Any News to Report?
ENARS and WP County ARES did install a new repeater for the
Ely and Steptoe Valley area on 146.880+ PL 114.8. This repeater is linked to the 147.180 (Kimberly Peak) repeater, the 146.850 (Warm Springs) repeater, and the 145.220 (Highland Pk) repeater.

Archie L (Les) Robison EC - N7GWT WPCO

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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