ARRL

Regulatory & Advocacy

  • Legislative Activities

    ARRL informs lawmakers about the contributions and needs of the Amateur Radio service. Learn More

  • Regulatory Agencies

    ARRL interacts with the FCC and other federal agencies involved in telecommunications policies. Learn More

  • State Advocacy

    The ARRL volunteer Field Organization includes State Government Liaisons (SGL) who monitor state legislation. Learn More

  • Local Advocacy

    ARRL supports local amateurs in representing Amateur Radio in their communities. Learn More

The ARRL Regulatory Information Branch is responsible for interpretations of Amateur Radio regulatory issues. These include:

  • Concerns about FCC rules and regulations,
  • Applications for a new or renewed amateur licenses,
  • Changes of address
  • Vanity call sign applications and operations overseas

RIB staff maintain and administer:

Answers to most of your regulatory concerns can be found on these pages or you may contact us for additional information.

Additonal Resources

The ARRL recommends the following publications on regulatory topics:

  • Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur by Fred Hopengarten
    Everything you and your attorney need to know to obtain a permit for your antenna support system.

Contact Us -- ARRL HQ Regulatory Staff

Dan Henderson, N1ND

Tel: 860-594-0236
E-mail: reginfo@arrl.org
Fax: 860-594-0259

Administrator, ARRL Volunteer Counsel and Volunteer Consulting Engineer Programs.

Duties include:

  • General regulatory questions
  • RFI regulatory information
  • Antenna restrictions
  • International operating

Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG

Tel: 860-594-0239
E-mail: k0bog@arrl.org
Fax: 860-594-0259

Field and Regulatory Correspondent, Coordinator: Amateur Auxiliary to the FCC, Administrator: ARRL Monitoring System

Duties Include:

  • Handling of matters with an existing or potential enforcement issue
  • Spectrum management (band sharing, frequency coordination information, etc)
  • Backup of general regulatory inquiries

Note:

Amateurs occasionally ask for ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, of Washington, DC. Since ARRL is but one of his clients, questions should be directed to ARRL HQ in Newington, Connecticut. Questions requiring a legal opinion can be asked of an ARRL Volunteer Counsel in your area.