Dear @ARRL, HR1301 is Hogwash
For a few years now, the ARRL has been promoting a House Bill from Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger called the Amateur Radio Parity Act.
The goal of the legislation is to protect amateur radio operators from private land use restrictions, such as those of a Homeowners’ Association, much in the way FCC PRB-1 protects amateurs from overzealous zoning ordinances. The theory behind the rule is that hams can’t erect modest antennas in their retirement communities because of restrictions placed upon them by their community association.
Personally, I think the Amateur Radio Parity Act is much ado about nothing. Hams have successfully used indoor antennas since the earliest days of radio. If you buy a home with a homeowners association, you should read the CC&R beforehand and know what you are voluntarily committing yourself to do.
Listening to the supporters of the Act, though, you’d believe this new rule would trump any CC&R, bring new blood to the hobby, and correct a problem ARRL President Kay Craigie says exists in every city, suburb, and gated community in America.
But now comes the compromise.
The ARRL and the Community Association Institute reached consensus on the Act.
Here’s the text of the compromise bill.
If you believe the Amateur Radio Party Act is the PRB-1 of Homeowners Associations, read Section 3b, Paragraph 1.
In amending its rules as required by subsection (a), the Commission shall require any licensee in an amateur radio service to notify and obtain prior approval from a community association, if any, concerning installation of an outdoor antenna.
Your Homeowners Association can keep you from running a simple wire antenna.
You know the joke about how the name of legislation is opposite of what it actually does?
Well, the Amateur Radio Parity Act provides no parity to amateur radio operators.
I wonder if the ARRL plants to refund all the money they raised to lobby for this bill?