The next meeting of the Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club will be Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM.
VBARC sponsors an ARRL-VE testing session every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM, at the Indian River County Emergency Operations Center. The next test session will be Thursday, July 16, 2015. For more information, email Bud Holman, VE Coordinator, at email@example.com.
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 -- has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle -- seven Republicans and five Democrats.
HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy 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. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.
H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.
ARRL members are urged to contact their US House members and ask them to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. We recommend sending the letter to your member of Congress to:
Attn: HR-1301 Grassroots Campaign
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111
For more information about the Amateur Radio Parity Act, the ARRL has complete information at arrl.org/hr-1301. (Thanks ARRL)
VBARC has a new mailing address! After many years at the post office box, the club voted to now have mail delivered to our meeting place at the Emergency Operations Center. If you need to mail in dues payments or any other correspondence, please DO NOT use the P.O. Box address; the post office isn't forwarding mail sent there. Instead use the following address:
Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club
c/o IRC EOC
4225 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32967
VBARC thanks the Emergency Operations Center for their support of our club, and Amateur Radio!
At the 2015 Orlando Hamvention, Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club PIO Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV, presented a VBARC club pin to ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, who was pleased to accept. VBARC has been an ARRL affiliated club since 1968.
Pins can be purchased by VBARC members for $2 each, or $4 to non members. They are very nice, collectible pins and have already proven to be very popular! They are available at club meetings, or contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VBARC PIO Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV, VBARC Logo presents ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, the club logo pin at Hamcation 2015. Photo by Gary Webster, N1PZB
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