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In a video, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call to action to all radio amateurs to get behind a grassroots campaign to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014." HR.4969 would require the FCC to extend PRB-1 coverage to restrictive covenants. It was introduced in the US House with bipartisan support on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which worked with House staffers to draft the legislation. The measure would require the FCC to apply the "reasonable accommodation" three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The bill's primary sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). It had initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT).

President Craigie also exhorted all radio amateurs regarding support for HR.4969 in remarks appearing in the The ARRL Legislative Update Newsletter. Craigie stressed in the Newsletter that the legislation stands to benefit not just today's radio amateurs but those in the future.

"Chances are, those Americans of the future will grow up in communities having private land use restrictions," she said "That is the way the country is going, and it is very bad for Amateur Radio. How can Amateur Radio thrive, if more and more Americans cannot have reasonable antennas at home? You and I have to stand for the Amateurs of the second century."

If the measure passes the 113th Congress, it would require the FCC 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). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.

An HR.4969 page now is open on the ARRL website. It contains information and resources for clubs and individuals wishing to support efforts to gain co-sponsors for the measure by contacting their members of Congress



Jamboree on the Air

Station Registration Open

57th JOTA --- 3rd Weekend in October --- 17, 18, 19

The USA JOTA Station Registration system is now open. You can register your station at http://www.k2bsa.net/jota-station-registration/

You can also sign up at the World JOTA-JOTI website at http://jotajoti.info/sign-up-for-jota-joti/

As you're preparing for your JOTA event, we recommend the resources published on the K2BSA website, the Scouting.org/JOTA web pages, and at JOTAJOTI.info

JOTA-JOTI is the largest Scouting event in the world with nearly one million Scouts participating across 160+ countries the third weekend of October.



2014 KARC Membership Dues are now being accepted!

Members will need to complete a New/Renewal Application upon submission of dues.




Next KARC Meeting!

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

601 Brooks Street
Charleston, WV 25301
  • Weekly KARC net - Sundays at 8:30pm on 145.350 PL 91.5
  • Monthly ARES net -      1st Sunday preceding the KARC net on 145.350 PL 91.5


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