ARLA/CLUSTER: ARRL apela à urgente aprovação da " Amateur Radio Parity Act " pelo senado dos EUA
João Costa > CT1FBF
Sexta-Feira, 2 de Dezembro de 2016 - 13:09:30 WET
ARRL issues urgent last call to press for Senate passage of Amateur
Radio Parity Act
It's now down to the wire: ARRL has issued a last call for members to
urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R.
1301) when it comes up during the "lame duck" session of Congress that
adjourns in a couple of weeks.
The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, and the
Senate must follow suit if the bill is to succeed. If it fails in the
Senate, the entire process will have to be repeated in the new
The legislation is now in the Senate in two forms - as H.R. 1301 and
alternately in the packaged bill S. 253
"We are on our final push for the Amateur Radio Parity Act before
Congress adjourns," said ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. "The
grassroots effort by the Amateur Radio community has been outstanding.
Since September, over 110,000 emails have been sent to legislators in
Congress. Thanks to everyone who has helped, but we can't stop now.
Please, keep the e-mails coming and also work the phones down the
stretch. Call your Senators! We are almost there.
Let's get it done!"
ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL
Board's Legislative Advocacy Committee and has been heavily involved
in efforts to move H.R. 1301 forward, echoed President Roderick's
sentiments. He said the bill was just starting to build momentum in
the Senate following its unanimous passage in the House, when Congress
shut down for the 4 weeks prior to Election Day. He pointed out that
H.R. 1301 has received broad support from both parties.
Lisenco had a special request of Florida radio amateurs. "Please write
and call Sen. Bill Nelson and demand that he remove his hold on H.R.
1301 and support passage of this critical legislation."
Urging your US Senators' support is simple: Go to our Rally Congress
page at, https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-us-senate-to-pass-amateur-radio-parity-act,
enter your ZIP code, fill in your name and address, press enter, and
e-mails will go directly to your Senators. Members may do this even if
they have already contacted their US Senators for support.
There are no guarantees, Lisenco has pointed out. "In order to have a
chance at overcoming political obstacles that have little or nothing
to do with the legislation, we need our voices to be heard," he said.
"And we need that input today!"
President Roderick urged members to "reach out one more time to your
Senators today! Right away Right now!"
September's victory in the US House culminated many years of effort on
ARRL's part to gain legislation that would enable radio amateurs
living in deed-restricted communities to erect efficient outdoor
antennas that support Amateur Radio communication. The measure calls
on the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules "to prohibit the application to
amateur stations of certain private land-use restrictions, and for
While similar bills in past years gained some traction on Capitol
Hill, it was not until the overwhelming grassroots support from the
Amateur Radio community for H.R. 1301, and ARRL's relentless and
strident efforts on Capitol Hill that this bill made it this far.
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