I always wanted a CB radio when I was growing up so that I could have a “handle” and be cool like Smokey and the Bandit.  But, times do change, and instead of hawking out “breaker, breaker”, I’m now concerned about the Amateur Radio Parity Act that has been introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger from Illinois.  If passed, this bill will allow individuals within community associations to install amateur radio towers and antennas without any architectural approval and in contravention to a declaration prohibition.  If you are interested in learning more about this proposed bill see CAI’s Call to Action and contact your representatives.

3 responses to “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014
  1. So we should hold off on re-publishing our rules & regs? Oh, lord, does it ever stop? How do you hit a moving target? And why do these folks keep thinking they need to meddle with CICs? Aren’t we infinitely better off ever since we were required to allow satellite dishes? Are there really that-many people in CICs who want/need radio transmitters? I do understand their importance to the doomsday preppers (or so they think), but I wonder with whom they will be communicating, and where they will be getting the electrical power. Won’t their arsenals of weapons be sufficient for their needs? Give us a break! Legislators certainly do have a penchant for meddling and knee-jerking, but legislation should be enacted to benefit the majority of people, not just a handful of complainers. When they moved into their covenant-controlled communities, they knew they were not allowed to have radio antennas, so that should be that. But I do foresee the day when the state will control CICs, and all will have the same covenants, thereby doing away with individual declarations.
  2. Amateur Radio is a valuable volunteer emergency communications service and public resource. Amateur Radio Operators are not “doomsday preppers”. Volunteer Amateur Radio operators help their communities in good times and bad, through community events, disaster response, and various programs. Most recently ARES/RACES Volunteers mobilized in wake of the Nevada flash flooding. In July California hams activated to support shelter communications following the wildfire and SKYWARN volunteers mustered as severe weather and a tornado hit southern New England. I could go on and on. There are many other services provided by Amateur Radio Operators. Most of us are very aware of concerns by others about our antennas and we take care to use the least objectionable type many of which can be kept (and are) out of sight. I’m completely in favor of allowing HAM radio antennas in HOAs. There aren’t that many Amateur Radio Operators so it’s unlikely there will be a plethora of antennas arising if this bill passes. I serve on both the master and sub-association boards of my community and I’ve contacted my representatives to ask them to support this bill. I’m all in favor of keeping up the appearance of my association and protecting our property values, but there is always the danger of going too far in stepping on peoples freedoms.
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