Co-sponsor HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014”
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Co-sponsor HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014”

    1. David Witkowski
    2. Petition by

      David Witkowski

      San Jose, CA

HR.4969 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).  PRB-1 states that local governments cannot preclude Amateur Radio communications; they must “reasonably accommodate” amateur operations, and the state and local regulations must be the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish a legitimate governmental interest. 

Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.  Since PRB-1 was enacted, the FCC has said several times that it would prefer to have some guidance from Congress before extending the policy to private land-use regulations.  HR.4969 will provide that guidance, and give PRB-1 the force of Federal law.  

Radio amateurs, while providing a valuable and necessary service to their communities, are frequently and increasingly precluded from installing necessary equipment (antennas, coax, etc) by unreasonable private land-use restrictions, including restrictive CC&R covenants.  The net effect of HR.4969 passage will be to suppress those unreasonable restrictions and allow licensed amateurs to install reasonable equipment for practicing our hobby and having the means to serve our communities.  

To:
U.S. House of Representatives
Co-sponsor HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014”

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. 2,600 signatures and counting!

      David Witkowski
      Petition Organizer

      Hi folks,

      The response to this petition has been phenomenal - thanks to everyone for your help. We were hoping for 2,000 signatures by Monday 7-July, but with everyone's help spreading the word we've gone viral and this afternoon we surpassed 2,600 signatures. There's no reason to think that we can't keep this up and reach 4,000 or even 5,000 by Monday.

      To make this happen, we need YOUR help. Post the link to the mailing lists of your local clubs and groups, Facebook and Google+ pages, post and retweet on Twitter, email your friends, check into your local repeater net and read the URL on the air. Let's do this!

      Best regards,

      ...dtw

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. 800 signatures and climbing!

      David Witkowski
      Petition Organizer

      Hi there,

      Just a quick note to let you know about the success of our petition drive asking members of Congress to co-sponsor HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” - in the last 18 hours we have added over 600 supporters and we're now over 800 signatures and climbing! Thanks to all of you for your support.

      We had hoped to reach 1,000 by Monday July 10th, but with some effort I believe we can reach 2,000 by that date. To do this, we need YOU. Post the URL http://bit.ly/hr4969 to your online amateur radio communities, email it to your clubs and groups, email it to your buddies. Encourage them to SIGN and SHARE the URL. Together we can ask Congress to support and pass this bill.

      73,

      ...dtw

      U.S. House of Representatives: Co-sponsor HR.4969, the "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014"

      HR.4969 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...

    5. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Flynn Myers PLACERVILLE, CA
      • 2 days ago

      Amature radio is uniquely important to the USA. If the main public safety or media grids go down, the "HAM's" are ALWAYS there to continue on and provide necessary services. These restrictive CC&Rs need to be made exclusive of amateur radio necessities.

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    • Michael Teff FARMINGTON, MN
      • 13 days ago

      I am a HAM radio operator.

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    • William Doerfler LAKEVILLE, MN
      • 13 days ago

      I am an amateur radio operator, and I would like to operate my radios regardless of where I live.

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    • Jesse Crawford HILO, HI
      • 17 days ago

      It is past time to stop this abuse of power. We are only asking for what is reasonable.

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    • Sean McHenry HILLIARD, OH
      • 21 days ago

      Recently faced with HOA restrictions on the simplest of antennas. We need this, and sanity restored.

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