The ARES E-Letter for August 16, 2017


Big Island ARRL News, 16 August 2017, 15:55 hrs, UTC, Post #289.


Accessed on 16 August 2017, 15:55 hrs, UTC.

Please click link to read the full report.


This edition of “The ARES E-Letter” begins with another appeal for support of the Amateur Radio Parity Act now before the U.S. Senate.

Here is the request and a list of topics discussed in the E-Letter

“Contact Your Senators Right Now for Passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act!

The Amateur Radio Parity Act holds special significance for us in the ARES community who prepare our portable, mobile and home stations for emergency/disaster response communications for the safety, health and welfare of our families, friends and neighbors, community and partner agencies. We can’t do it without good antennas!

The Amateur Radio Parity Act was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives in January as H.R. 555. It provides a mutually satisfactory compromise reached between the American Radio Relay League (ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio) and the Community Associations Institute (CAI, which represents home owners associations). The Senate Bill, S. 1534, allows for effective outdoor Amateur Radio antennas for public service and emergency communications while protecting the prerogative of community associations.

Please take action and urge your Senators to pass S. 1534. I did, this week! The ARRL has set up a special web utility that makes contacting your senators as easy as possible; it took me only one minute to process and send my letters to my senators. Click here to do it!

See also ARRL Amateur Radio Parity Act FAQs (8/9/17)”

“In This Issue:


ARES Briefs, Links

Click here for Monthly ARES Reports from ARRL HQ. (Most recent report is for June 2017). Please check to ensure that your Section is represented in the monthly reports — your Section’s data is of critical importance to the League’s efforts for spectrum defense.

Emergency Management Magazine published a very favorable article on Amateur Radio. Check it out here. — Thanks, Ted Luebbers, K1AYZ

IARU Region 2 Area G Announces Emergency Communications Exercise (8/9/17)

Hurricane Watch Net Activating for Tropical Cyclone Franklin (8/9/17)

Radio Amateurs in Atlantic Canada Go on Standby During Telephone Outage (8/9/17)

Oklahoma Radio Amateurs to Participate in FEMA Exercise (8/2/17)

Seattle Radio Amateurs to Take Part in “Hubs and Spokes” Earthquake Scenario Drill (7/28/17)”

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars.  These news stories are updated daily.

Here are some additional sites that may interest you: (this site). (Simple Ham Radio Antennas). (a weekly podcast update each Friday afternoon). (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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