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Politico Article Raises Visibility of Amateur Radio Parity Act Progress, [and] Challenges


On May 23, the US House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that included the language of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) cleared the House [Representatives]. The following day, a fiscal year 2019 Financial Services appropriations bill also containing Parity Act language cleared the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations and now is working its way through the full Appropriations Committee. As a result, the Parity Bill has attracted some attention from outside the Amateur Radio and homeowners association communities.

ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s Ad Hoc Legislative Advocacy Committee, called attention to a recent Politico article that addresses the challenges the bill faces [As it goes to the Senate].

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See the Polico article – Parity Act story is just over halfway through article beginning with paragraph “GOING HAM FOR HAM RADIO”

At: “https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-tech/2018/05/25/gdpr-gets-real-229693


June Diner Social

Monthly Diner Social Wednesday June 6th.  Gathering starts about 6pm and diner is usually ordered at 630pm.

This month we are going to meet at Johnson BBQ located at 82 S Baldwin Street in Bargersville.

More info and menu at: http://johnsonsbbqshack.com/



Parity Act Language added to National Defense Authorization Act


ARRL is praising the work of US Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), and Mike Rogers (R-AL) for their successful efforts in securing language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 that aids in the survival and growth of Amateur Radio by giving radio amateurs the right to install an outdoor antenna at their residences with the approval of their homeowners associations. This language — text from the proposed Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) — formed the basis for the Courtney-Hartzler-Rogers Amendment to the NDAA.

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This is May! And Ham Radio!!

Every year since its founding in 2004, W9IMS, the Official Amateur Radio Club of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has conducted special event stations to help mark the races at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This year as always there will be stations working a special event station for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis May12th then for the Indianapolis 500 from May 21-27 and again during the Brickyard 400 September 3-9. To commemorate your contact with W9IMS during ALL 3 events they offer a high quality photo certificate for a small fee or a unique QSL card. More information on operating schedules, or getting a QSL card see the details are at their website:  




Hamvention 2018 is around the corner!!

Starting 66 years ago, Dayton Hamvention, The largest annual Amateur Radio gathering in the US is now only 9 days away. Hamvention was forced to relocate because of the closing of their longtime home at Hara Arena.  2018 will mark their 2nd year second year at new location at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, OH.  For 2018, Hamvention has been endorsed as the 2018 ARRL Great Lakes Division Annual Convention.  

With last year being their first year at the new location, Hamvention had some growing pains but they listened to the visitors and have taken steps for a better experience this year. Hamvention’s website has expanded directions, parking maps and handicapped parking information.  Attendees can link to their Facebook and Twitter accounts through the Hamvention website. As a part of their extended outreach, this year a text alert system is going to be used.  Visitors wanting up-to-date information while traveling to or while attending are encouraged to take advantage of the text alerts.  The alerts will share important weather, traffic, parking, and other information throughout the weekend of the show.  To subscribe to the system, users should text “Hamvention18” to 888777. A traffic bulletin station has been added on 145.525 MHz to periodically repeat needed information. The text alerts and the talk-in and traffic bulletin stations will all share information about road conditions, accidents or other incidents, detours, parking status, and other news and information. 

See their website for the full events schedule and details on vendors, flea markets, displays, and the EMCOM showcase at: http://hamvention.org/

ARRL EXPO at Hamvention details are at: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-expo#Forums




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