Amateur Radio

6 petitions

Started 2 days ago

Petition to Peter L. Lacy, Eric Holcomb, Ed Soliday, Michael Crider

Change the design of Indiana's Amateur Radio License Plate

Greetings fellow hams, Your help is requested to change the design currently offered by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for amateur radio license plates. Currently, the State of Indiana offers over 100 distinctive and specialty license plates to its drivers through the Special Group Recognition License Plate Program. From universities and colleges to military, fraternal clubs, sports teams, and many worthy, non-for-profit organizations, these specialty license plates give special distinction to the institutions they represent by the motorists who proudly display them. But what about a specially designed plate for Indiana’s amateur radio operators? Amateur radio operators are singlehandedly one of the largest societies in our state with a common affiliation. We are a fraternity of hobbyists who embrace technology as well as provide critical communications services in times of disaster, emergencies and volunteer initiatives. From the horrific, sometimes deadly weather that strikes, to manmade disasters, to auxiliary efforts, amateur radio operators are ready and able to provide emergency and fallback communication in times of need. Currently, The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles only allows our FCC callsign on a standard passenger car plate, with no special distinction. Did you know that over 20 other states in the U.S. offer a specially designed plate just for its Amateur Radio Operators? I feel that the Indiana amateur radio operator needs better representation through his or her license plates to convey to the community the recognized importance of our hobby and the services we provide to our great state. I am asking for your help to petition the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to redesign and create a new Amateur Radio License Plate pursuant to Indiana Code IC 9-18.5-9, Sec. 2. (a), which states, “The bureau shall design and issue amateur radio operator license plates as needed to administer this chapter. (b) A license plate issued under this chapter shall be imprinted with the official amateur radio call letters assigned to the applicant by the Federal Communications Commission.” Now I certainly do not have a degree in law, but as I interpret the verbiage, the BMV is obligated, as the law states, to “design and issue amateur radio operator license plates”. It doesn’t say that the current design can’t change. And by the way the code is written, I do not believe any special legislation would need to take place to change the current design. Be advised, the designs you see pictured here that I've created using royalty free artwork or artwork of my own creation are merely for illustrative purposes ONLY and are examples of what a potential redesign could look like. Perhaps there could even be a scenario where us hams could vote on a particular design the BMV offers or perhaps the BMV might ask for submissions from the Indiana amateur radio community that we all could vote on in design contest. Who knows? Let's try and focus more on the initiative to make this change happen more than the design itself at this point. That being said, this redesign initiative has the support of the Indiana ARRL Section Manager, Jimmy Merry KC9RPX, the Indiana ARRL Section Government Liaison Steven Jones W9SMJ, and Indiana Representative Mathew Pierce N9VKU from the 61st district. We also have over 200 fellow ham radio operators in the state giving their full support on this measure. I believe The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles can easily make this change but they need to hear the voices of our legislators and the constituents they represent. Together, we can make this change. Thank you for your time and consideration into looking at this matter and I would greatly appreciate your support.

WIlliam Tolbert
213 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to J. Douglas McCarthy, Robert W. Wells, Blaine P. Dunn, Shannon Trout, Judith McCann-Slaughter, Charles S. Dehaven, Gary A. Lofton

Frederick Co. VA Ordinance to allow for personal broadband and amateur radio towers.

Recently the Frederick County Zoning Administrator, Mark Cheran, ruled that the interpretation of the current Frederick County VA code does not allow for any personal television antenna towers, amateur radio towers or broadband towers in any district other than the Rural Areas District (RA).  This means that you are unable to erect any tower or antenna support structure as a property owner if you live in any other district, such as Residential Planned Community District (R4), Residential Recreational Community District (R5), Residential Performance District (RP), Mobile Home Community District (MH1), Medical Support District (MS), Neighborhood Business District (B1), General Business District (B2), Industrial Transition District (B3), )ffice-Manufacturing Park District (OM), Light Industrial District (M1), Industrial General District (M2), Exractive Manufacturing District (EM) or Higher Education District (HE).  On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals upheld this ruling, stating that they accept that the Zoning Administrator's interpretation of the county code is to be taken at face value and this board does not attempt to interpret the county code, but rather relies on the Zoning Administrator's interpretation as being the basis of their decisions. Based on this interpretation, residents of such areas as Shawneeland and Wilde Acres, both R5, are not allowed to have ANY television antenna towers, amateur radio towers, CB radio towers, broadband internet towers, etc.  There are residents of communities all around the county that have these types of towers on their properties now since the 60's and 70's and now the local Frederick County governing bodies are saying YOU CANNOT HAVE THEM, SO TAKE THEM ALL DOWN. I believe this to be a grossly inaccurate interpretation of the county code, however as Eric F. Lowman, BZA Chairman, stated on April 17, 2018, this is a policy issue and needs to go before the Board of Supervisors for a change in the language of the existing county code to gain clarification on the matter. With this in mind, I met with one of the Supervisors and was told I should get a petition of a minimum of 25 signatures from local community residents to bring a request for a new ordinance to the county code that will address this issue.  Clarke County several years ago already addressed this matter and now has clear language in their ordinance to allow for property owners to erect towers up to a certain height without any need for any conditional use permits or other hoops to jump through.  In this internet driven day it is time for Frederick County to bring clarification to this matter of individual property owners' right to erect towers to receive broadband internet signals, amateur radio signals, television signals, etc. I am a licensed amateur radio operator, KN4IOY, and I  had two amateur radio towers denied in an R5 district based on this misinterpretation at this Board of Zoning Appeals hearing on April 17, 2018.  PRB-1 by the FCC definitely offers protection from these types of issues, however the Board of Supervisors needs to amend the local County code to ensure other future property owners do not have to spend thousands of dollars defending their position on a matter of similar nature. I NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO ADDRESS THIS VERY IMPORTANT AND TIME SENSITIVE MATTER.  PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND LET THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS KNOW IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE ON THIS MATTER OF ERECTING TOWERS AND ANTENNA SUPPORT STRUCTURES, COUNTY WIDE.

David Williamson
637 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to American Radio Relay League

Improve ARRL transparency and respect for present and future membership.

We the undersigned hereby petition the American Radio Relay League for Corrective Actions as follows: 1. Rescind the censure of Dick Norton, N6AA: a. A formal apology to Mr. Norton and the Membership is reasonable and prudent; b. There is no known or obvious evidence supporting this censure; c. There are several first-person eyewitness indications that Mr. Norton did nothing as claimed or suggested to warrant this censure. 2. Rescind or revise the Code of Conduct: a. This document appears nothing more or less than a "gag order"; b. A less-restrictive, guidance-only version of such a document is appropriate as a part of a corporate-protection "employment agreement" but not at the level of Articles of Incorporation, Association, By-Laws or itself ‘disciplinary’ without cause. 3. Pro-active advanced notice to Member or Membership of any proposals or action affecting Director, Vice-Director or Member discipline that may affect their membership or leadership: a. Provide specifics of the conditions/qualifications for Membership; b. Provide specifics of the conditions/dis-qualifications for denial/cancellation of Membership. 4. Pro-active advanced notice to the Membership of any proposals or actions affecting changes in governance, including but not limited to: a. Voting eligibility, participation level, quorum, b. Governing documents, guidelines, NDA, compliance, policies and procedures, that may affect Membership representation, to allow Members to be heard by their Section and Division representatives. 5. Transparency and Accountability at-large: a. Candidates awareness - publish any and all candidates presented for Director and Vice-Director positions 15-30 days in advance; b. E&E Committee handling - timely consideration and published determination of candidate status by the Ethics and Elections Committee 15-days prior to elections; c. Governance changes - publish any and all proposals regarding governance 15-30 days in advance of their formal consideration/vote; d. Voting by elected representatives only – no rights for those NOT elected by the Membership; e. Provide appropriately detailed Meeting Minutes including active and withdrawn motions and voting results with per-Director tally of votes; f. Provide real-time, live audio and video streaming of Board and Committee meetings; g. Allow Board Members, Directors/Vice-Directors to freely, respectfully communicate within their Districts, support and/or concerns relative to any and all Board motions, ARRL representations and interactions without outside entities (FCC, FEMA, DHS, NGOs, HOAs, etc.) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Substantial detail about the ARRL's Code of Conduct, censure and lack of transparency may be found at: Be counted!!

Jim Aspinwall
515 supporters