Listed below is the complete message from Rick Roderick (K5UR), who is spearheading the ARRL’s efforts to get The Amateur Radio Parity Act passed in the U.S. Senate during the “lame duck” session of Congress. Rick provides a link to a letter you can use to contact our Hawaii Senators. Please send your letter today!
“Dear ARRL member,
I am writing to you today because we are nearing the end of the 114th Congress and the efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act are at a critical juncture. With a few short weeks left to the year, we must get this bill passed NOW or we will need to start all over again come January 1, 2017.
As you know, thanks to your previous efforts, the legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, passed in the House of Representatives on September 12th. The legislation is now in the Senate in two forms – as H.R. 1301 and alternately in the packaged bill S. 253. We still need every Senator to approve the bill.
You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States. Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.
We asked you for your help in September – and you responded in great numbers. We collected over 63,000 emails that were distributed to every single U.S. Senator. That is amazing. However, with the election hiatus over, each and every Senator must be reminded that their business is not complete until this important legislation affecting hams is passed and sent to the President.
Even if you wrote in the past, we need you to write again!
ONCE AGAIN I REMIND YOU THAT NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL HAMS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS!
- If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, PLEASE SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!
- If you don’t live in a deed-restricted community but you care about the future of Amateur Radio, please support your avocation and your fellow hams and SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!
We need you to reach out one more time to your Senators TODAY! Right away Right now!
Help us in the effort. Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts:
Rick Roderick, K5UR
ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio®
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Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
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