Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685)

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The information below comes from Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, ARRL Director, Rocky Mountain Division.  As you can see, the Amateur Radio Parity Act is gaining momentum and your direct help is needed to get this over the goal line.  If you have a spare 10 minutes today, please reach out to Senator Gardner regarding the benefit amateur radio operators would gain from the regulatory parity and uniformity act in S. 1685.

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Greetings —

This is a crucial call to action for all ARRL members and amateur radio operators across Colorado.

The United States Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has scheduled an executive session next Wednesday, November 18, to mark up several bills that it is reviewing. We have just learned that the Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685) is among them.

A committee markup is the key formal step a committee ultimately takes for a bill to advance, in this case, to the full Senate floor, which would be a tremendous milestone towards its ultimate passage.

Colorado’s Senator Cory Gardner sits on this very Senate committee and he needs to hear an abundance of support from his constituents, urging him to vote in favor of this bill to advance it next Wednesday. Opposition to this legislation, led by an organization that lobbies on behalf of homeowners associations and is contacting Senate offices themselves is underway.  ARRL leadership is working with offices of the Senators on this committee to counter the deliberate misinformation they are no doubt receiving.  Of vital importance at this stage is hams — such as yourself, whether you are hampered by property covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) or not — lighting up Senator Gardner’s phone switchboard and/or inbox, kindly urging him to pass
this legislation.

There are presently 16,023 licensed amateur radio operators across Colorado — constituents of Senator Gardner — who would benefit from the regulatory parity and uniformity that S. 1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act would provide the amateur radio community.

Please simply contact Senator Gardner’s office by telephone (this is the most effective method) and/or e-mail his office with the following simple message:

“I am a constituent and a federally licensed amateur radio operator. I am contacting you to urge Senator Gardner to support S. 1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, when it comes up for a vote in committee on November 18th. Thank you.”

Senator Gardner’s office number in Washington, D.C. is 202-224-5941. He can also be emailed at
http://www.gardner.senate.gov/contact-cory/email-cory

Select “Communications” from the appropriate drop-down menu, and don’t forget to include your callsign in your email.

We’ve worked so hard to get to this point.  Here is our opportunity to get the Amateur Radio Parity Act onto the Senate floor and positioned for passage.  Please call and/or write Senator Gardner’s office right away.

Thank you and 73,
Brian Mileshosky N5ZGT
ARRL Director, Rocky Mountain Division

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