Flex owner living in HOA and CC and R Bill S-1685 passed in Senate

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Thank you Flex owners for contacting your Senators regarding this bill!

RE:  Ham antennas in restricted communities
 - the private version of FCC Rule PRB-1: (from ARRL)
 

S. 1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) passed out of committee in
the Senate today. While it still has a long process to go through to
reach a vote in the full Senate, this is a significant milestone.

Our Division has two Senators on the committee that voted on the bill
today, both from Florida. Florida members were asked to contact their
Senators to ask for support and thank you to the hundreds that did!
Unfortunately Senator Rubio was not present for today's vote.

Senator Nelson was one of only two Senators voting AGAINST our bill.
(The other Senator voting NO was from HI.) Thanks go to a member in SFL
who transcribed Senator Nelson's comments during the hearing:

**********"I would also like to mention the Amateur Radio Parity Act.

While I have great respect for Senators Blumenthal and Wicker, I must
oppose this bill today.

Amateur radio plays an important role in enhancing public safety
communication, and I encourage communities to work with amateur radio
operators to find ways to further these services.  

This bill before us, though, would effectively repeal parts of millions
of private contracts and agreements relied upon by homeowners around the
country.

This committee would be overriding guidelines that were established –
and agreed to – by residents of a community when they voluntarily
choose to live in that community.  This is a step too far."**********

If you live in Florida, you might want to POLITELY advise Senator
Nelson of your disappointment with both his vote and his statement and
urge him to reconsider his position.

We still have a long battle in both the House and Senate. If you
haven't already contacted your Representative and Senators to ask for
their support of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, please do so
immediately. 

More information on the ARPA, including information on how to contact
your Senators and Representative,  can be found at:
http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act

73 de
Doug
K4AC

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ARRL Southeastern Division
Director: Doug Rehman, K4AC

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Ernest - W4EG

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David Warnberg

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He will hear from me... AGAIN

I'll NEVER buy in an HOA again... even if I wasn't a HAM
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Walt - KZ1F

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I hate to bring this up but, yes, that is precisely the 'other' argument. "The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few...".

Hey flexers, you've got a Flex 6000. Put that euphoria to good use, rent rack space and tower space at you local emergency management facility and create a reason to use that Maestro you've been salivating for.
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Interesting. Two Senstors from 2 States that have hurricanes and need EMCOMM must have got big donations from HOA We have the best government money can buy.
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Ain't that the truth.. drive around my HOA neighborhood and you see a multitude of SAT dishes hanging off the side of the house.. nothing said about that it's allowed.. Yet my 43' vertical is in violation.. SSSHHHH, it's been up for 3 years now and they have yet to see it... they must be desecrated by the... pick one dirty mailboxes, dirty driveways, weeds in yards, garbage cans left out.....)
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Satellite dishes are exempt under the over the air receiving devices law OTARD passed in 1995 when Direct TV bought that exemption over HOA objections. Direct TV had deeper pockets than the HOA alliance so of course they won.

Bottom line their is already a law allowing antenna to override HOA rules. OTARD was passed for exactly the same reasons that the Ham Radio Parity Act needs to pass.
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Believe it or not even in Florida people aren't stupid. Chances are really good neighbors know you have it, 43' is hard to hide, but, being neighborly, so long as you don't flaunt you have it they won't flaunt you can't have it.

@Howard, please diabuse yourself of this big government money has bought thought process. Esp in this case the government is your neighbors. Be they your neighbors or Dave's neighbors. This is what is referred to as democracy. If, in a neighborhood of 60 homes one person is a ham, that leaves 59 that aren't, majority rules.

I think the 'mistake' Burt made was not expressing his views to his local representative, rather telling 2,000 fellow flexers what he expressed.

If I entered into a contract with another party and subsequent to that some third party rendered that contract partially null and void, I might, depending on if the voiding was contrary to my interests, be mightily ripped. See it from their perspective.

It's not done cooking yet anyway.
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@Walt.. neighbors were consulted prior to putting the antenna up... 
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Walt - KZ1F

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And that's good Dave. I think people are generally good so long as one doesn't 'rub their face in something'. I was merely suggesting they know it's there. I would.

The thing about OTARD is part of the communications act that governs broadcast stations dictates so much time for free conveyance of news and public service information. If you require people to buy that from Comcast and Cox or the hand full of other cable providers then news and public information is not being provided free. So I kind of get that one. On that subject, so long as it is being discussed, what torques my twizzle is the monopoly cable companies have allowed with local governments to be sole provider of cable tv. So the only alternative people have is have to cable service is DirectTV. Get two years at the discounted new subscriber rate and when that period is up, switch to your other provider for 'their' 2 years new subscriber rate, then switch back etc etc. So rather than one paying over $200/month they are in a perpetual new subscriber rate of $29 per month.
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