Saturday April 4th the Play and Learn will be held at Bonnie Wenk Park, 2996 Virginia Parkway in McKinney. Saturday is Texas State Parks on the air. We will meet at 9:00am after breakfast at iHop.
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 -- has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle -- seven Republicans and five Democrats.
HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.
H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.
ARRL members are urged to contact their US House members and ask them to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. We recommend sending the letter to your member of Congress to:
Attn HR 1301 grassroots campaign
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111
The following are our representatives:
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)
2304 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
185 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Come and enjoy a deep dive presentation on Packet Radio and Raspberry Pi. Our own Jonathon Brandenburg will be presenting the use of a Raspberry Pi to operate your Packet Radio. Bring your interest and questions for Jonathon.
The McKinney Amateur Radio Club will be holding it's March and April General Meeting at Dickey’s BBQ, 600 N. Central Expressway in McKinney. Dickey's is on the north bound service road for US 75 between Virginia Parkway and White Street. Several of us will meet at 6:00 for dinner and socializing. The meeting will start at 7:00.
I will have a HT with me as well as my cell phone the evening of the meeting if anyone needs help finding Dickey’s.