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FCC study on impediments to amatuer radio communications
FYI for any of you who do not get these bulletins.


> ARLB007 FCC Seeks Public Comments on Emergency Communications by
> Amateur Radio and Impediments to Amateur Radio Communications
> QST de W1AW
> ARRL Bulletin 7 ARLB007
> From ARRL Headquarters
> Newington CT April 5, 2012
> To all radio amateurs
> ARLB007 FCC Seeks Public Comments on Emergency Communications by
> Amateur Radio and Impediments to Amateur Radio Communications
> In response to the Congressional directive to prepare a study to
> assess Amateur Radio's role in emergency and disaster communications
> and the impact of private land use regulations on the amateur
> community's ability to provide such communications, the FCC issued
> DA 12-523 soliciting comments from the public. The period for public
> comment runs until May 17, 2012.
> "As part of the study contained in Public Law No. 112-96, the
> Commission has opened a 45 day period for comments to be filed on
> the issue," said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson,
> N1ND. "Because of the short deadline for the study to be completed
> and presented to Congress -- before the end of August -- the ARRL
> and the amateur community must quickly mobilize their response."
> The FCC Public Notice focuses on two specific areas for comments.
> The first is the role that Amateur Radio has played and continues to
> play to support emergency and disaster relief organizations, such as
> FEMA and local/state emergency management agencies. The second is to
> determine impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio communications. This
> would include the impact that private land-use regulations -- such
> as deed restrictions and homeowner association covenants -- have on
> the ability of licensed amateurs to fully participate in providing
> support communications to the served agencies.
> "This study is not about zoning ordinances or regulations adopted by
> the local or state governments," Henderson explained. "Amateurs
> already have the limited protection of PRB-1 to assist them with
> those situations. The areas of concern here are the limitations that
> are placed on a property when it is purchased, either as part of the
> deed of sale or by restrictions imposed by the
> neighborhood/homeowner's association. Those restrictions --
> sometimes referred to as CC&Rs -- are not currently covered by the
> FCC's PRB-1 decision from 1985."
> To allow the ARRL to quickly collect and collate relevant
> information from the amateur community to help support the filing it
> will make with the FCC on this issue, a website has been setup. The
> site -- -- provides details about
> what kind of information is needed by the ARRL.
> Also on the site, you will find links to two online data collection
> forms. The first form allows you to provide information about
> specific emergency communications in which Amateur Radio has played
> a role since January 2000. The second form asks for specific
> information on the CC&Rs/deed restrictions that control your
> property. It also asks you to provide information on how those
> restrictions have impacted your ability to fully support emergency
> communications.
> "Whether you are an ARRL member or not, your information and
> situation are important to helping us make the case for all
> amateurs," Henderson said. "Whether your support communications are
> with ARES, RACES, SKYWARN, CERT or other emergency and disaster
> groups, your voice should be heard. If you cannot operate
> effectively from home during an emergency because CC&Rs prohibit
> adequate antennas on your property, that is important to document
> and quantify. This issue affects all of Amateur Radio, not just ARRL
> members."
> Henderson said that due to the short timeframe that the FCC has
> allotted for public comment, time is of the essence. In order to
> allow the ARRL to develop its comments, the ARRL asks that all
> information sent by the amateur community be received at the ARRL no
> later than April 25, 2012: "We realize this is a very short
> turnaround asking for your response, but this is based on the time
> provided by the Commission for the comment window."
> It is important that when you provide specifics of your CC&R, you
> also provide the ARRL with a copy of its actual wording. If you have
> the CC&R in a digital format (or you can scan the document into a
> file), it can either be uploaded through the website above or it can
> be sent via an e-mail to . If you do not have an
> electronic format, a hard copy may be sent via US mail to: CCR Study
> Information, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.
> "We need factual, specific details," Henderson said. "The more
> accurate information we have -- including copies of the CC&R
> language -- the stronger case we can make. Having copies of the
> exact CC&Rs is important. It allows us to demonstrate the wide
> variation of restrictions. Including the specific text is as
> important as any other piece of information you provide."
> If you have questions about what is being requested, you may contact
> the ARRL Regulatory Information Office via e-mail at
> "Again, time is of the essence in this matter,"
> Henderson said. "This is the best opportunity that amateurs have had
> to address the impact of overly burdensome private land use
> restrictions. If Amateur Radio is to succeed in this effort, it is
> going to take all of us working together."


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