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Michigan Section News
Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:
Subject: Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Senate Activity
Amateur radio and the ARRL had a successful day on November 18 when the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology endorsed Senate Bill 1685. This bill is the Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015. In addition to this small victory, we gained another cosponsor when committee member Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas signed on as cosponsor for S1685.
Of the 24 committee members, only the Senators from Florida and Hawaii
went on the record as voting no. Those Senators choosing to endorse the
bill included Michigan's Senator Gary Peters.
As you will recall, we just recently completed a telephone campaign to
urge Senator Peters to support our bill. While I am not suggesting that
our phone calls were the sole reason that Senator Peters supported our
bill, I will say that our calls and letters did play a part in that decision.
Here is the link to the complete ARRL news from the ARRL website:
This committee action is just another step in the process and we still
have work to do.
We have been collecting signatures on letters to our Michigan senators
for a number of weeks now and we need that process to continue.
If this has not already been done, your club can (and should) do this:
Download a copy of the letters for Senators Peters and Stabenow using
Print the appropriate number of copies. At your next meeting, ask that
all hams that have not yet sent a letter to their Senators to add the
date and their signature, printed name, callsign, address, city, state
and zip code to a letter for each Senator. Bring a handful of pens so
that no one has to stand in line waiting for a pen to use. In 10
minutes you can have 30 or more letters signed for each Senator.
Collect the completed letters, and mail them to ARRL HQ at:
225 Main St
Newington, CT 06111
Attn: S1685 Grassroots campaign
Or, if you would like to avoid postage costs, you can scan the signed letters into PDF format and then email them to:
Please include "S1685 Grassroots Letter" in the subject field of
Please send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org telling me how many letters your
club generated and sent to HQ.
This is a pretty simple process and a very important one. The actions
we take now can pay us huge dividends in the future when it comes time
to install our antennas. Even if you are a person who just uses an HTfor your ham activities or if you are fortunate enough to live in an area where there are few or no antenna restrictions, please think about the other folks that for whatever reason find themselves restricted because of where they live. We all make conscious choices, but sometimes the need to live in a certain area really gives us few
choices of what neighborhood we settle in.
Remember that the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 does not guarantee
that you can erect that huge tower and major league antenna array no
matter where you live. Rather, it simply requires that Homeownerâ€™s
Associations and the enforcers of the Covenants, Conditions, and
Restrictions (CC&R's) sit at the table with us and negotiate in good
faith. No longer would they be able to simply say "NO" when we
request permission to erect an amateur radio antenna. Our PRB-1 law
here in Michigan only affects regulation by government entities and the
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 is part two of our efforts for parity.
Thanks to all who have helped us get this far. The challenge remains
and we need to continue to keep the pressure on.
I look forward to hearing from all those clubs that have not yet had
the letter-signing event at your meeting! If your club has already done
this, at subsequent meetings, be sure to offer letters for those that
may have not been present when letters have been signed. This will
ensure that everyone has a chance to sign and send letters.
Thanks for your help and 73,
Section ManagerLarry Camp WB8R
Assistant Section ManagerJohn J. Nugent WB8TKL
Affiliated Club CoordinatorJoseph B. Miller KJ8O
Technical CoordinatorW Wallace Murray KE8HR
State Government LiaisonEdward L. Hude WA8QJE
Assistant Section ManagerDaniel M. Romanchik KB6NU
Public Info CoordinatorPatrick W. Mullet KC8RTW
Section Emergency CoordinatorJohn J. Mc Donough WB8RCR
Section Youth CoordinatorGordon L. Baldwin W8CT
Section Traffic ManagerMark Shaw K8ED
Official Observer CoordinatorKenneth T. Coughlin N8KC