The HOA lobby is good - they got exactly the wording they wanted in this
bill and they got the ARRL to support it. It is not a compromise - it gives
the HOA complete discretion and control.  

My HOA defined reasonable as follows: "A telescoping mast, 30 feet tall when
extended, painted sky blue, must remain fully retracted from 2 hours before
local sunrise until two hours after local sunset, and additional quiet hours
may be imposed if any neighborhood residents complain of interference." This
was considered a gracious compromise on their part, because "all you really
need to communicate world-wide is a hand held walkie talkie." That kind of
thing will be the best compromise available under this bill. 

If this becomes law as written there will be no more details to work,
protests will fall on deaf ears, and the HOA alone will define reasonable.

73 John N5CQ

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Gmail - George
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] Amateur Radio Parity Act

A differing view:
Having benefited greatly by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in my former
professional life, I doubt that the HOA, POA or COA (X owners associations)
have been asleep at the wheel in dealing with antenna issues since then!

Senator Nelsen's defeat of this bill last year for Florida shows just how
powerful the (?) Owners Associations lobbying can be.
My sense in reading the bill is that it may be the best compromise
available. There had to been much mashing of teeth at ARRL for some of the

If the bill becomes law then we need to be very pro-active with the FCC
during the comment period. The implementing of the law is up to the FCC and
the "devil is in the details" of that implementing. If you ever read the
FCC's Telecommunications Act primer, the FCC left the Associations very
little wiggle room. I doubt Amateur Radio can ever fare as well.

Hopefully Mr. Imlay at ARRL will keep us informed on that issue & how best
to proceed.

George AI4VZ
Note that K1VR goes through this with a fine toothed comb, showing both its
inaccuracies and exposing serious problems with the Bill itself.
Although I have no legal training beyond the English language, I find K1VR's
analysis compelling.

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