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MOVING DAY

[Saturday, July 30, 2016]  A Big Thanks from the Moving Project "Straw Boss" for everyone's great effort.  With the assistance of many members, hearty souls and lots of dolly's we made the move happen in record time.  Since this was our first big move we set a new record. 

Still to come is the removal of coax, polyphasers and antennas from the former EOC radio room, tower and rooftop.  The Fun just never seems to end.   More details to come.

Thanks Everyone and 73's   Jack W8ISH

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INARRL Amateur of the Year Nominations are now open!!

Nominations are now open for the INARRL Amateur of the Year Award
Deadline for nominations is August 31, 2016.  Each club is requested to only submit one nomination.  The AOY will at be awarded at the INARRRL Forum at Ft Wayne Hamfest in November.
 
 
Rules and Nomination Form can be found at:    www.inarrl.org
 
 
 

Amateur Radio Parity Act Receives Favorable House Energy and Commerce Committee Report

07/13/2016

An amended version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, received a unanimous favorable report on July 13 from members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill now will go to the full House for consideration. Before reporting the bill out of committee, the panel first voted to accept the amended language “in the nature of a substitute.” Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said the substitute bill represented “a good balance” following months of meetings, hard work, and compromise, and he recommended the measure to his colleagues.

“The amendment guarantees that even in deed-restricted communities, Amateur Radio operators are able to use an effective outdoor antenna,” Walden said. “Without an effective antenna Amateur Radio operators are severely limited, so this amendment ensures that amateurs are free to pursue their passion wherever they live.”

At the same time, he continued, the measure protects the rights of those “who have chosen to live in deed-restricted communities and to set their own aesthetic and other rules.”

Amateur Radio Parity Act Draws Support in Opening Statements

July 12, 2016

A Capitol Hill lockdown delayed the start of the Energy and Commerce Committee markup session on July 12. Police had ordered the lockdown while investigating a suspicious item found in an employee’s backpack earlier in the day. Once the session did get under way about 40 minutes late, Committee Chairman Rep Fred Upton (R-MI) spoke briefly in support of H.R. 1301 and an “Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 1301.” In June, the ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) — the national association of homeowners associations (HOAs) — announced that they had reached consensus on the bill’s provisions.

“Just as the law recognizes that access to broadcast satellite communications are an important part of our national information infrastructure, so too should we recognize the role of Amateur Radio,” Upton said at the session, orally reprising the opening statement he’d prepared for the June 22 markup that was postponed. “This is especially important as Amateur Radio operators can serve a crucial role in providing communications in the wake of natural disasters and other times when commercial communications networks might be unavailable.”

Upton said the substitute bill language reached by the ARRL and CAI represented “a good-faith compromise between the two parties most impacted by this bill: Amateurs and community associations.” Upton is not an H.R. 1301 cosponsor.

While many of the committee’s members skipped the hearing, perhaps as a result of the Capitol Hill lockdown, two members also mentioned H.R. 1301 favorably in their opening statements. Rep Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said he also supported the substitute language for the measure. “Amateur Radio provides essential services in times of emergency,” Pallone said. “I support the bipartisan amendment in the nature of a substitute negotiate by Chairman [Greg] Walden, [W7EQI], and ranking member [Rep Anna] Eshoo. It addresses issues raised by stakeholders, while providing Amateur Radio services better access to build facilities.”

Rep Eshoo (D-CA) said she was pleased that agreement was reached on the Parity Act bill, which, she said, “would make it easier for Amateur Radio operators to install the antennas they need…while also providing homeowners associations flexibility to establish reasonable rules regarding the size and the appearance of these antennas.” She said the substitute language represented “a bipartisan compromise.”

Neither Eshoo nor Pallone are among the 126 cosponsors of H.R. 1301.

The Energy and Commerce Committee will reconvene on July 13 at 4:30 PM to consider the bills before it in detail.

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