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WEAVER'S WORDS -- Special Issue -- Help Urgently Needed Reguarding CC&Rs

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  • Tom KD8DEG
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 28, 2012
      > [Reply only to k8je@...]
      > Please contact me regarding the following request -- Jim, k8je@...
      > Do you live in a community that is covered by CC&Rs? Have you been
      > prevented from putting up an outdoor antenna (wire, vertical or beam)
      > whether on HF, VHF or UHF? Has this inability to put up an antenna
      > prevented you from participating fully in emergency communications
      > activities during disasters? If your answer is yes, ARRL wants to hear
      > about your experience. What you encountered and the difficulty it
      > presented to you in providing public support/emergency communications
      > service may be the information needed to help amateurs get relief from
      > overly restrictive CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions) in home
      > purchase or lease contracts.
      > A provision of Public Law 112-96 instructs the FCC, in the context of
      > Amateur Radio emergency communications capabilities, to conduct a study
      > to identify, among other things, “impediments to enhanced amateur
      > radio service communications, such as the effects of unreasonable or
      > unnecessary private land use restrictions on residential antenna
      > installations.” The FCC will be seeking input very soon, but because
      > time will be short we are asking you to begin thinking about it now. We
      > are particularly looking for stories about situations in which you as an
      > Amateur Radio operator could have provided valuable service through
      > Amateur Radio but your assistance either was prevented or diminished
      > because of overly restrictive CC&Rs. We know situations of this type
      > have occurred during power outage, snowstorm, tornado, flood,
      > earthquake and other crisis relief effort. If you are willing to write
      > to the FCC about your experience, please let me know. We are not ready
      > at this moment to ask for letters, but a request for them will come
      > very soon. If you need help in composing your letter, this help will
      > be given to you.
      > Please be aware that our request for letters does not relate to actions
      > taken by a branch of government such as a city, township or county. The
      > letters will relate only to limitations placed by home-owners
      > associations and similar private groups on the installation of outdoor
      > antennas.
      > If you or someone you know has had overly restrictive CC&Rs prevent you
      > from responding to or seriously limited your ability to help during
      > relief operations, please let me know. If you are willing, please
      > include your telephone number so I or another ARRL official can call
      > you if this proves desirable.
      > Over the years, many members have asked when ARRL is going get some
      > relief from overly restrictive CC&Rs. The answer is that the League
      > has been trying different approaches to accomplish this. Now that
      > Congress has mandated a study of the problem we have an opportunity to
      > document it. The study itself will not make the problem go away but
      > should provide a public policy basis for the relief we need. The time
      > is rapidly approaching for you who have experienced the heavy hand of
      > oppressive CC&Rs to come forward to help transform them into reasonable
      > guidelines.
      > Tnx es 73,
      > Jim
      > Jim Weaver, K8JE
      > Director, Great Lakes Division
      > 5065 Bethany Rd.
      > Mason, OH 45040
      > Tel. 513-459-1661; e-mail K8JE@...
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      > Director: James E Weaver, K8JE
      > k8je@...
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