I have sent the following letter to various ARRL officials (President, West Gulf Division, South Texas Section). I urge you to read it and the Amateur Radio Parity Act, and to act as your conscience tells you.
I have read the Amateur Radio Parity Act, and while I think its stated purpose is admirable, I am dismayed at the prospect of what will happen to amateur radio when HOA groups begin to operate within the new regulations.
My amateur radio experience goes back to 1957. I have always operated my fixed stations with dipoles and verticals, and never with beams or towers.
For the last 40 years I have been in neighborhoods that had HOA's and antenna restrictions. This year, I completed 10 years of service as Chair of my local Architectural Control Committee.
The part of the Amateur Radio Parity Act that bothers me is Section 3, Subsection (b), Paragraph (3), which states "subject to the standards specified in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a), permit a community association to establish reasonable written rules concerning height, location, size, and aesthetic impact of, and installation requirements for, outdoor antennas and support structures for the purpose of conducting communications in the amateur radio services."
There are more than 30,000 HOA's in the United States. It is unimaginable to me how that many HOA's can competently "establish reasonable written rules concerning height, location, size, and aesthetic impact of, and installation requirements for" amateur radio communications equipment. The word "reasonable" makes this an open-ended, vague bill, unworthy of the U.S. Congress.
I predict that passage of this bill, with the "ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS" subsection will give the FCC a giant regulatory headache that will dwarf the 27 MHz CB radio debacle.
Please explain to me how the ARPA accomplishes anything positive at all for Amateur Radio.
I plan to ask my Senators to vote against the Amateur Radio Parity Act, as currently written.