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    ARRL SEEKS MEMBER SUPPORT FOR HR 2160 To support HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 -- the ARRL is asking its
    Message 1 of 3 , May 18 3:30 PM
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      ARRL SEEKS MEMBER SUPPORT FOR HR 2160

      To support HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
      Enhancement Act of 2009 -- the ARRL is asking its membership to contact
      their members of the US House of Representatives with a request to
      become co-sponsors of this significant piece of legislation.

      "Getting a bill successfully through Congress is a formidable task --
      one that is going to require the involvement of every ARRL member," said
      ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. "Working with
      our Washington consulting firm Chwat & Co, we are laying a dynamic
      approach that will allow us to make our case most effectively. We have
      developed a strategy to maximize our impact when dealing with each
      member of Congress."

      Since the anthrax scare that followed the 9/11 attacks, all incoming
      mail to Congress is delayed anywhere from four to six weeks while it is
      screened. This means using normal US Mail is no longer an effective
      method of letting Congress hear your voice. While e-mail is convenient,
      it is also not effective, due to the large volume of e-mail that each
      Congressional office receives.

      "To ensure that ARRL members' letters are quickly and expediently
      received by Congress, our strategy is to ask ARRL members send their
      letters directly to Chwat & Co," said Henderson. "Chwat's staff will
      sort the letters by Congressional district and hand-deliver them to the
      appropriate House offices, providing a direct point of contact with the
      Congressman and their staff. This personal contact gives us the chance
      to provide not only letters from constituents, but information from the
      ARRL on why this legislation is important."

      The ARRL has provided a sample letter for League members to personalize
      and send to their Congressional representative
      <
      http://www.arrl.org/news/files/DearMemberOfCongressHR2160.doc>.
      "Personalized letters make a better impression than a standard form
      letter or petition," Henderson explained. You can find the name and
      address for your member of Congress on the ARRL Members Only Web page
      <
      http://www.arrl.org/members-only/>.

      Once it has been personalized, ARRL members should send their letter to
      Chwat & Co using one of three methods:
      * As a signed attachment to an e-mail <
      arrl@...>
      * As a signed fax to 703-684-7594
      * As a regular letter to John Chwat, Chwat & Co, 625 Slaters Ln, Suite
      103, Alexandria, VA 22314

      If you choose to e-mail your letter, please send it as an attachment to
      the e-mail instead of having it be the text of the e-mail. This allows
      the letter to be easily printed and delivered. Should you decide to
      draft your own letter supporting HR 2160 instead of editing the sample,
      Henderson asked that you please remember a couple of things:
      * Identify the bill by number and title: HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio
      Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009
      * Keep the letter brief and on topic -- one page at the most
      * Ask your congressional representative to consider becoming a cosponsor
      * Thank them for their consideration

      "Simple is better when making this kind of request to a representative,"
      said Henderson. "They and their staff are looking to gauge interest and
      support for the bill. A lengthy letter that strays off-topic can detract
      from the focus of asking for support for the legislation."

      Should you decide not to send your letter to Chwat & Co but directly to
      your Representative, it is still important to send a copy of your
      correspondence to Chwat & Co. This allows Chwat to discuss accurately
      with the Congressman and their staff the amount of support for the bill
      in each individual district. "There is strength in numbers," Henderson
      added.

      Aside from bill sponsor Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18), the
      ARRL is fortunate to already have six additional members of Congress who
      have signed on as co-sponsors of HR 2160 -- Madeleine Bordallo (Guam),
      Brett Guthrie (KY-2), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15), Zoe Lofgren (CA-16),
      Blaine Luetkemeyer, (MO-9) and Bennie Thompson (MS-2).

      "We congratulate ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE,
      and his grassroots legislative action team in Kentucky for securing the
      support of Representative Guthrie -- the first new co-sponsor of the
      bill," Henderson said. "It shows that our grassroots effort can work!"

      You may be asking yourself "What should I do if my Representative has
      already signed on as a co-sponsor for HR 2160?" The answer is simple:
      Thank them for their support. If your Congressman is one of those listed
      as a co-sponsor, please send them a letter thanking them for their
      support. Use the same contact information for Chwat & Co. "It is
      important to convey your appreciation to your Representative when they
      sign on as a co-sponsor or support the bill," Henderson explained. "That
      simple 'thank you' may help open the door the next time their help is
      needed."

      Once you have prepared and sent your letter supporting HR 2160, your job
      is not over: Feedback is an important part of the process. "What your
      Congressman has to say in regards to your contact can provide the ARRL
      with important information as we try to push our bill forward,"
      Henderson noted. "This feedback can possibly help us identify potential
      new support for the bill or a weakness in the legislation we may need to
      address."

      When you receive a response from your Congressman, please forward a copy
      to the Regulatory Information Office at ARRL Headquarters via e-mail
      <
      reginfo@...> or hard copy to Regulatory Information, ARRL, 225
      Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

      "HR 2160 presents the Amateur Radio Service with a unique opportunity --
      but also carries with it the important responsibility of making your
      voice heard," Henderson summarized. "HR 2160 stands as the first step in
      trying to address the long standing problem of extending the protections
      afforded Amateur Radio operators under PRB-1 to deed restrictions and
      covenants
      <
      http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/PRB-1_Pkg/prb-1.pdf>. To
      be clear, passing HR 2160 is not going to achieve that goal right away.
      But it will help lay the ground work by assessing the impact such
      restrictions have on our ability to train for and respond to disasters
      and other emergencies."

       

       


    • k8mhz@k8mhz.com
      Here is the wording of 2160 so far: HR 2160 IH 111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2160 To promote and encourage the valuable public service, disaster relief, and
      Message 2 of 3 , May 18 5:19 PM
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        Here is the wording of 2160 so far:
         

        HR 2160 IH

        111th CONGRESS

        1st Session

        H. R. 2160

        To promote and encourage the valuable public service, disaster relief, and emergency communications provided on a volunteer basis by licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the Amateur Radio Service, by undertaking a study of the uses of amateur radio for emergency and disaster relief communications, by identifying unnecessary or unreasonable impediments to the deployment of Amateur Radio emergency and disaster relief communications, and by making recommendations for relief of such unreasonable restrictions so as to expand the uses of amateur radio communications in Homeland Security planning and response.

        IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

        April 29, 2009

        Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas (for herself, Ms. BORDALLO, Mr. LUETKEMEYER, Ms. KILROY, Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California, and Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


        A BILL

        To promote and encourage the valuable public service, disaster relief, and emergency communications provided on a volunteer basis by licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the Amateur Radio Service, by undertaking a study of the uses of amateur radio for emergency and disaster relief communications, by identifying unnecessary or unreasonable impediments to the deployment of Amateur Radio emergency and disaster relief communications, and by making recommendations for relief of such unreasonable restrictions so as to expand the uses of amateur radio communications in Homeland Security planning and response.

        Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

        SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

        This Act may be cited as the ‘Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009’.

        SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

        The Congress finds the following:

        (1) Nearly 700,000 amateurs radio operators in the United States are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission in the Amateur Radio Service.

        (2) Amateur Radio operators provide, on a volunteer basis, a valuable public service to their communities, their States, and to the Nation, especially in the area of national and international disaster communications.

        (3) Emergency and disaster relief communications services by volunteer Amateur Radio operators have consistently and reliably been provided before, during, and after floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, earthquakes, blizzards, train accidents, chemical spills, and other disasters. These communications services include services in connection with significant examples, such as hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Hugo, and Andrew; the relief effort at the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon following the 2001 terrorist attacks; and the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995.

        (4) Amateur Radio has formal agreements for the provision of volunteer emergency communications activities with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, the National Communications System, and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, as well as with disaster relief agencies, including the American National Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

        (5) The Congress passed Public Law 103-408 which was signed by the President on October 22, 1994. This included in Section 1 the following finding of Congress: ‘Reasonable accommodation should be made for the effective operation of amateur radio from residences, private vehicles and public areas, and the regulation at all levels of government should facilitate and encourage amateur radio operation as a public benefit.’

        (6) The Congress passed Public Law 109-295 which was signed by the President on October 4, 2006. This included a provision in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2007 that directed the Department’s Regional Emergency Communications Coordinating Working Group to coordinate their activities with ‘ham and amateur radio operators’ among the eleven other emergency organizations such as ambulance services, law enforcement, and others.

        (7) Amateur Radio, at no cost to taxpayers, provides a fertile ground for technical self-training in modern telecommunications, electronic technology, and emergency communications techniques and protocols.

        (8) There is a strong Federal interest in the effective performance of Amateur Radio stations, and that performance must be given support at all levels of government and given protection against unreasonable regulation and impediments to the provision of these valuable communications.

        SEC. 3. STUDY OF ENHANCED USES OF AMATEUR RADIO IN EMERGENCY AND DISASTER RELIEF COMMUNICATION, AND FOR RELIEF OF RESTRICTIONS.

        (a) Authority- The Secretary of Homeland Security--

        (1) shall undertake a study on the uses and capabilities of Amateur Radio communications in emergencies and disaster relief; and

        (2) shall report its findings to Congress not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

        (b) Scope of the Study- The study required by this section shall--

        (1) include recommendations--

        (A) for enhancements in the voluntary deployment of Amateur Radio licensees in disaster and emergency communications and disaster relief efforts; and

        (B) for improved integration of Amateur Radio operators in planning and in furtherance of the Department of Homeland Security initiatives;

        (2)(A) identify unreasonable or unnecessary impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio communications, such as the effects of private land use regulations on residential antenna installations; and

        (B) make recommendations regarding such impediments; and

        (3)(A) include an evaluation of section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-104, 110 Stat. 56 (1996)); and

        (B) make a recommendation whether that section should be modified to prevent unreasonable private land use restrictions that impair the ability of an amateur radio operator licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to conduct, or prepare to conduct, emergency communications by means of effective outdoor antennas and support structures at reasonable heights and dimensions for the purpose, in residential areas.

        (c) Use of Expertise and Information- In conducting the study required by this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall--

        (1) utilize the expertise of the American Radio Relay League, representing the National Amateur Radio community; and

        (2) seek information from private and public sectors for the study.

         
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        Sent: Monday, May 18, 2009 06:30
        Subject: [WestMichiganHams] ARRL SEEKS MEMBER SUPPORT FOR HR 2160

        ARRL SEEKS MEMBER SUPPORT FOR HR 2160

        To support HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
        Enhancement Act of 2009 -- the ARRL is asking its membership to contact
        their members of the US House of Representatives with a request to
        become co-sponsors of this significant piece of legislation.

        "Getting a bill successfully through Congress is a formidable task --
        one that is going to require the involvement of every ARRL member," said
        ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. "Working with
        our Washington consulting firm Chwat & Co, we are laying a dynamic
        approach that will allow us to make our case most effectively. We have
        developed a strategy to maximize our impact when dealing with each
        member of Congress."

        Since the anthrax scare that followed the 9/11 attacks, all incoming
        mail to Congress is delayed anywhere from four to six weeks while it is
        screened. This means using normal US Mail is no longer an effective
        method of letting Congress hear your voice. While e-mail is convenient,
        it is also not effective, due to the large volume of e-mail that each
        Congressional office receives.

        "To ensure that ARRL members' letters are quickly and expediently
        received by Congress, our strategy is to ask ARRL members send their
        letters directly to Chwat & Co," said Henderson. "Chwat's staff will
        sort the letters by Congressional district and hand-deliver them to the
        appropriate House offices, providing a direct point of contact with the
        Congressman and their staff. This personal contact gives us the chance
        to provide not only letters from constituents, but information from the
        ARRL on why this legislation is important."

        The ARRL has provided a sample letter for League members to personalize
        and send to their Congressional representative
        <
        http://www.arrl. org/news/ files/DearMember OfCongressHR2160 .doc>.
        "Personalized letters make a better impression than a standard form
        letter or petition," Henderson explained. You can find the name and
        address for your member of Congress on the ARRL Members Only Web page
        <
        http://www.arrl. org/members- only/>.

        Once it has been personalized, ARRL members should send their letter to
        Chwat & Co using one of three methods:
        * As a signed attachment to an e-mail <
        arrl@...>
        * As a signed fax to 703-684-7594
        * As a regular letter to John Chwat, Chwat & Co, 625 Slaters Ln, Suite
        103, Alexandria, VA 22314

        If you choose to e-mail your letter, please send it as an attachment to
        the e-mail instead of having it be the text of the e-mail. This allows
        the letter to be easily printed and delivered. Should you decide to
        draft your own letter supporting HR 2160 instead of editing the sample,
        Henderson asked that you please remember a couple of things:
        * Identify the bill by number and title: HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio
        Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009
        * Keep the letter brief and on topic -- one page at the most
        * Ask your congressional representative to consider becoming a cosponsor
        * Thank them for their consideration

        "Simple is better when making this kind of request to a representative, "
        said Henderson. "They and their staff are looking to gauge interest and
        support for the bill. A lengthy letter that strays off-topic can detract
        from the focus of asking for support for the legislation. "

        Should you decide not to send your letter to Chwat & Co but directly to
        your Representative, it is still important to send a copy of your
        correspondence to Chwat & Co. This allows Chwat to discuss accurately
        with the Congressman and their staff the amount of support for the bill
        in each individual district. "There is strength in numbers," Henderson
        added.

        Aside from bill sponsor Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18), the
        ARRL is fortunate to already have six additional members of Congress who
        have signed on as co-sponsors of HR 2160 -- Madeleine Bordallo (Guam),
        Brett Guthrie (KY-2), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15), Zoe Lofgren (CA-16),
        Blaine Luetkemeyer, (MO-9) and Bennie Thompson (MS-2).

        "We congratulate ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE,
        and his grassroots legislative action team in Kentucky for securing the
        support of Representative Guthrie -- the first new co-sponsor of the
        bill," Henderson said. "It shows that our grassroots effort can work!"

        You may be asking yourself "What should I do if my Representative has
        already signed on as a co-sponsor for HR 2160?" The answer is simple:
        Thank them for their support. If your Congressman is one of those listed
        as a co-sponsor, please send them a letter thanking them for their
        support. Use the same contact information for Chwat & Co. "It is
        important to convey your appreciation to your Representative when they
        sign on as a co-sponsor or support the bill," Henderson explained. "That
        simple 'thank you' may help open the door the next time their help is
        needed."

        Once you have prepared and sent your letter supporting HR 2160, your job
        is not over: Feedback is an important part of the process. "What your
        Congressman has to say in regards to your contact can provide the ARRL
        with important information as we try to push our bill forward,"
        Henderson noted. "This feedback can possibly help us identify potential
        new support for the bill or a weakness in the legislation we may need to
        address."

        When you receive a response from your Congressman, please forward a copy
        to the Regulatory Information Office at ARRL Headquarters via e-mail
        <
        reginfo@...> or hard copy to Regulatory Information, ARRL, 225
        Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

        "HR 2160 presents the Amateur Radio Service with a unique opportunity --
        but also carries with it the important responsibility of making your
        voice heard," Henderson summarized. "HR 2160 stands as the first step in
        trying to address the long standing problem of extending the protections
        afforded Amateur Radio operators under PRB-1 to deed restrictions and
        covenants
        <
        http://www.arrl. org/FandES/ field/regulation s/PRB-1_Pkg/ prb-1.pdf>. To
        be clear, passing HR 2160 is not going to achieve that goal right away.
        But it will help lay the ground work by assessing the impact such
        restrictions have on our ability to train for and respond to disasters
        and other emergencies. "



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      • k8mhz@k8mhz.com
        The next entry makes it a moot point anyway. ... From: Zach Lassiter To: WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com Sent: Monday, May 18, 2009 06:41 Subject: RE:
        Message 3 of 3 , May 18 5:22 PM
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          The next entry makes it a moot point anyway. 
           
           
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          Subject: RE: SPAMWARNING [WestMichiganHams] ARRL SEEKS MEMBER SUPPORT FOR HR 2160

          They need to get rid of this part....

          (1) utilize the expertise of the American Radio Relay League, representing the National Amateur Radio community;

          They don't represent anyone but their QST Magazine Sponsors

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          To: WestMichiganHams@ yahoogroups. com; W8ZHO@yahoogroups. com; Tom VanderMel KB8VEE; Nate McClure; mcecsstaff@yahoogro ups.com; MCARES@yahoogroups. com; Emermgmt
          Subject: SPAMWARNING [WestMichiganHams] ARRL SEEKS MEMBER SUPPORT FOR HR 2160

          ARRL SEEKS MEMBER SUPPORT FOR HR 2160

          To support HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
          Enhancement Act of 2009 -- the ARRL is asking its membership to contact
          their members of the US House of Representatives with a request to
          become co-sponsors of this significant piece of legislation.

          "Getting a bill successfully through Congress is a formidable task --
          one that is going to require the involvement of every ARRL member," said
          ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. "Working with
          our Washington consulting firm Chwat & Co, we are laying a dynamic
          approach that will allow us to make our case most effectively. We have
          developed a strategy to maximize our impact when dealing with each
          member of Congress."

          Since the anthrax scare that followed the 9/11 attacks, all incoming
          mail to Congress is delayed anywhere from four to six weeks while it is
          screened. This means using normal US Mail is no longer an effective
          method of letting Congress hear your voice. While e-mail is convenient,
          it is also not effective, due to the large volume of e-mail that each
          Congressional office receives.

          "To ensure that ARRL members' letters are quickly and expediently
          received by Congress, our strategy is to ask ARRL members send their
          letters directly to Chwat & Co," said Henderson. "Chwat's staff will
          sort the letters by Congressional district and hand-deliver them to the
          appropriate House offices, providing a direct point of contact with the
          Congressman and their staff. This personal contact gives us the chance
          to provide not only letters from constituents, but information from the
          ARRL on why this legislation is important."

          The ARRL has provided a sample letter for League members to personalize
          and send to their Congressional representative
          <http://www.arrl. org/news/ files/DearMember OfCongressHR2160 .doc>.
          "Personalized letters make a better impression than a standard form
          letter or petition," Henderson explained. You can find the name and
          address for your member of Congress on the ARRL Members Only Web page
          <http://www.arrl. org/members- only/>.

          Once it has been personalized, ARRL members should send their letter to
          Chwat & Co using one of three methods:
          * As a signed attachment to an e-mail <arrl@...>
          * As a signed fax to 703-684-7594
          * As a regular letter to John Chwat, Chwat & Co, 625 Slaters Ln, Suite
          103, Alexandria, VA 22314

          If you choose to e-mail your letter, please send it as an attachment to
          the e-mail instead of having it be the text of the e-mail. This allows
          the letter to be easily printed and delivered. Should you decide to
          draft your own letter supporting HR 2160 instead of editing the sample,
          Henderson asked that you please remember a couple of things:
          * Identify the bill by number and title: HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio
          Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009
          * Keep the letter brief and on topic -- one page at the most
          * Ask your congressional representative to consider becoming a cosponsor
          * Thank them for their consideration

          "Simple is better when making this kind of request to a representative, "
          said Henderson. "They and their staff are looking to gauge interest and
          support for the bill. A lengthy letter that strays off-topic can detract
          from the focus of asking for support for the legislation. "

          Should you decide not to send your letter to Chwat & Co but directly to
          your Representative, it is still important to send a copy of your
          correspondence to Chwat & Co. This allows Chwat to discuss accurately
          with the Congressman and their staff the amount of support for the bill
          in each individual district. "There is strength in numbers," Henderson
          added.

          Aside from bill sponsor Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18), the
          ARRL is fortunate to already have six additional members of Congress who
          have signed on as co-sponsors of HR 2160 -- Madeleine Bordallo (Guam),
          Brett Guthrie (KY-2), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15), Zoe Lofgren (CA-16),
          Blaine Luetkemeyer, (MO-9) and Bennie Thompson (MS-2).

          "We congratulate ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE,
          and his grassroots legislative action team in Kentucky for securing the
          support of Representative Guthrie -- the first new co-sponsor of the
          bill," Henderson said. "It shows that our grassroots effort can work!"

          You may be asking yourself "What should I do if my Representative has
          already signed on as a co-sponsor for HR 2160?" The answer is simple:
          Thank them for their support. If your Congressman is one of those listed
          as a co-sponsor, please send them a letter thanking them for their
          support. Use the same contact information for Chwat & Co. "It is
          important to convey your appreciation to your Representative when they
          sign on as a co-sponsor or support the bill," Henderson explained. "That
          simple 'thank you' may help open the door the next time their help is
          needed."

          Once you have prepared and sent your letter supporting HR 2160, your job
          is not over: Feedback is an important part of the process. "What your
          Congressman has to say in regards to your contact can provide the ARRL
          with important information as we try to push our bill forward,"
          Henderson noted. "This feedback can possibly help us identify potential
          new support for the bill or a weakness in the legislation we may need to
          address."

          When you receive a response from your Congressman, please forward a copy
          to the Regulatory Information Office at ARRL Headquarters via e-mail
          <reginfo@... > or hard copy to Regulatory Information, ARRL, 225
          Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

          "HR 2160 presents the Amateur Radio Service with a unique opportunity --
          but also carries with it the important responsibility of making your
          voice heard," Henderson summarized. "HR 2160 stands as the first step in
          trying to address the long standing problem of extending the protections
          afforded Amateur Radio operators under PRB-1 to deed restrictions and
          covenants
          <http://www.arrl. org/FandES/ field/regulation s/PRB-1_Pkg/ prb-1.pdf>. To
          be clear, passing HR 2160 is not going to achieve that goal right away.
          But it will help lay the ground work by assessing the impact such
          restrictions have on our ability to train for and respond to disasters
          and other emergencies. "



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