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Ham Radio Antenna Bills Introduced in Two Northeast States:

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 24, No 02 on January 14, 2005
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Ham Radio Antenna Bills Introduced in Two Northeast States:

Amateur Radio antenna legislation has been proposed in New Jersey and Connecticut. Introduced January 10, the New Jersey measure, Assembly Bill 3641 (A3641) is sponsored by District 22 Assemblywoman Linda Stender. It's virtually identical to a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Matthew Ahearn, KB2PNN, that failed to make it through the state's last legislative session. The new legislation would incorporate the essence of the limited federal preemption known as PRB-1 into the Garden State's law books. Northern New Jersey ARRL Section Manager Bill Hudzik, W2UDT, said the state's PRB-1 group plans to meet with lawmakers this month in Trenton.

"Please remember, the bill's passage is not a given, and we all must continue to put Amateur Radio in the best possible light--as many clubs did during this past Field Day--whenever we can," Hudzik exhorted members on the NNJ Section Web site. "And there will continue to be opposition from local governments who may view the bill as a threat to home rule." Hudzik thanked Bob Bednard, KA8SAF, with helping to coordinate the bill's introduction with Stender's office.

ARRL Southern New Jersey SM Jean Priestley, KA2YKN, also alerted her section's members via the SNJ Section Web site. "We are back in business and need to work on developing cosponsors and supporters," she said. "There is lots of work to do on this in the coming year, so sharpen those pencils."

A3641 has been referred to the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee. The proposed law would keep municipalities from adopting zoning ordinances that prohibit construction or use of antenna structures by Amateur Radio operators. It also would require that any application fees be in line with those generally assessed for residential neighborhood variances. The New Jersey bill also would prevent localities assessing applicants for legal, technical or other consultation or advisory expenses incurred by any agency evaluating an antenna support structure application.

In Connecticut's General Assembly, an antenna bill has been introduced in the Senate by 6th District Sen Donald J. DeFronzo. If approved by the Senate and House of Representatives, the measure, Senate Bill No 92 (SB 92), would require municipal regulation of Amateur Radio antenna structures to comply with the limitations on local regulation spelled out in PRB-1.

"To allow amateur radio station antenna structures to be erected at proper heights and dimensions to accommodate amateur radio communication and otherwise reasonably accommodate amateur radio service communications," says the bill's Statement of Purpose. SB 92 has been referred to the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Energy and Technology.

To date, 21 states have adopted PRB-1 bills, and laws in some of those states include a schedule of minimum regulatory heights for Amateur Radio antenna structures. A PRB-1 bill has also been introduced in Vermont, and ARRL anticipates similar measures to be introduced in other states as legislative sessions get under way around the US.

For more information on PRB-1, visit the ARRL PRB-1 Package page The FCC discusses PRB-1 on its Web site


The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 02 January 14, 2005

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Ham Radio Antenna Bills Introduced in Two Northeas  
by GHOSTRIDERHF on January 14, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
BUT -- and its a big But -- this will not have any affect on current or future HOA agreements... this bill(s) have absolutley no bite to them ...
True, i've always wondered  
by VE6KLJ on January 20, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
What makes a home owner's association valid? How do they exercise rights over your property? When living in the states, I found that whenever our homeowner's assocation would make a claim Usually something silly, a letter from the lawyer on his letterhead would scare them off. Our case though was a bit odd, we weren't shown any homeowners stuff until *AFTER* the house was purchased.

TO this day, when i go back to visit my parents, I *ALWAYS* string up a big fat dipole between the two trees in front of the house. There's also an ordinace on working on cars in your own driveway, so the m5 usually gets jacked up and looked at as well.

Homeowners assocations and organizations like that mock the freedom that your great country was built on anyway :)

So.. are the Homeowners Assoc's just paper tigers or what?
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