In celebration of July 4th, how much more patriotic can you get as a
participant in the democratic process of getting a law passed by both
house of Congress?
And so, I want to update you on what is happening with our legislative
effort to get PRB-1 benefits extended to all forms of land use.
I’d am happy to tell you that as of late last week, S. 1685 was
introduced in the Senate by Senator Wicker (R-MS) and co-sponsored by
Senator Blumenthal; (D-CT). This bill is a companion bill to HR-1301,
and is identical in language and intent. Both Senators are on the
subcommittee which will hear the bill, and, in fact, Senator Wicker is
the Chairman of the subcommittee.
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU WRITE YOUR SENATORS ASKING FOR THEIR SUPPORT
OF THE BILL!!!!
Please use this template, inserting your Senator’s name in the address
and you name and address in the closing. A separate letter should be
prepared for each Senator.
Charles Schumer, 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Kirsten Gillibrand, 478 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC
Robert Menendez, 528 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Cory Booker, 359 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
All letters should be mailed to:
Attn S. 1685 grassroots campaign
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111
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<insert Senator’s Name>
<insert Senator’s address>
Dear Senator _____________:
I am a constituent in your state and wish to bring an issue to your
attention. I am a federally licensed Amateur Radio operator, one of
nearly three-quarters of a million licensees of the Federal
Communications Commission in the United States.
We provide communications support for, and participate in public
service events on behalf of our communities. During and in the
aftermath of disasters and emergencies, when other forms of
communications are unavailable, we provide communications for first
responders and Federal, state and local governmental agencies and
non-governmental agencies, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army;
for the United States Military through the Military Auxiliary Radio
System (MARS); and to our neighbors when communications systems are
overloaded or fail. Radio Amateurs contribute to the future of
telecommunications as we participate in the development of innovative
technology in this digital age. Amateur Radio is non-commercial, and we
provide our services at no charge to anyone.
We cannot do any of these things, however, unless we can erect an
outdoor antenna at our residences.
Recently, a bi-partisan Bill, S 1685 – “The Amateur Radio Parity
Act”, was introduced by Senator Wicker (MS) and co-sponsored by
Senator Blumenthal (CT). S 1685 directs the FCC to extend their
existing PRB-1 regulations of “reasonable accommodation” of Amateur
Radio communications to include private land use regulators. This would
afford us the ability to negotiate with homeowner’s associations in
residential developments. Private land use regulations routinely
include restrictions that completely preclude Amateur Radio
communications operators from installing any type of outdoor antenna
system. The “reasonable accommodation” policy has for almost 30
years applied to municipal zoning ordinances. This Bill would extend
the policy to operators living under private land use restrictions. The
FCC has asked Congress for guidance in this area and this Bill provides
As your constituent, I am asking that you support the bill by
signing-on as a cosponsor. Please contact Senator Wicker’s office to
do so. If you have any questions, please contact ARRL, the national
association for Amateur Radio, attention Dan Henderson, at
860.594.0236. Thank you.
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Our efforts with House Bill 1301 are continuing very well with your
support. As of today, we have reached 84 cosponsors.
text of both bills as well as instructions on how to send letters.
The following Congressmen/women have not yet signed on to the Bill.
Please write them using the template on the ARRL website, and have a
Scott Garrett (NJ-5)
Albio Sires (NJ-8)
Bill Pascrell (NJ-9)
Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
Lee Zeldin (NY-1)
Kayhleen Rice (NY-4)
Gregory Meeks (NY-5)
Nydia Velazquez (NY-7)
Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8)
Yvette Clarke (NY-9)
Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)
Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Charles Rangel (NY-13)
Joseph Crowley (NY-14)
Jose Serrano (NY-15)
Elise Stefanik (NY-21)
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