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Rocky Mountain Division Awards — Call for Nominations
There are many hams throughout the Rocky Mountain Division who deserve to be recognized for their selfless contributions towards the betterment of our ham community. We would like honor them, with your help. Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards:
- Rocky Mountain Division Ham of the Year Award
- Rocky Mountain Division Young Ham of the Year Award
- Rocky Mountain Division Technical Achievement Award
Complete details, rules and a nomination form can be found on the Rocky Mountain Division Awards page. Completed applications are due by April 1.
National Parks on the Air — On the Air Now, All Year Long
ARRL has taken a page out of its Centennial QSO Party playbook and created a very unique and enjoyable operating event that will occur throughout 2016 in conjunction with the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. It’s called National Parks on the Air (NPOTA), and it’s happening right now across the amateur radio spectrum.
Throughout 2016 amateur radio operators across the nation will travel to and operate from national monuments, parks, preserves, scenic trails, historic sites, and other National Park Service (NPS) units. Similarly, amateur radio operators across the world will be generating pileups to work as many of those field activations as possible.
There are over 425 National Parks Service sites across the United States, 64 of them right here within our Rocky Mountain Division.
Points are awarded for QSOs made, whether you are in the field activating a sought after Park Service site or are working themfrom your home shack. This event is open to all amateur radio operators, new and experienced. Similar to the Centennial QSO Party, a Logbook of the World based Leader Board shows near real-time activity levels for everyone participating. An interactive calendar is also available for hams to post their plans to activate Park Service sites so everyone can make plans to hunt contacts.
This event has been coordinated with the National Park Service. More details about National Parks on the Air can be found at http://www.arrl.org/NPOTA and the NPOTA Leader Board and activation calendar can be found at https://npota.arrl.org/index.php
Amateur Radio Parity Act — Details and Update
As of January 2016, the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R.1301) presently has 116 co-sponsors in the House. The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on it and other bills on Tuesday, January 12.
The Senate companion bill (S. 1685) was passed to the full Senate floor after having overwhelmingly being supported by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee last November.
This progress has been made due in no small part to ARRL members across the nation writing and emailing their Representatives to request their support.
We still have work to do.
It remains important to stay in touch with your Senators and Representative, urging their continued support for these bills, maintaining the steam needed for them to move forward in the political process on Capitol Hill and keep growing opposition to the legislation at bay.
Contacting your US House Representative is an easy task, thanks to a recently created tool arranged by ARRL. Please follow the link to https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-congress-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act
When you visit that page, enter your Zip code and your information (name, address, etc.). An editable draft letter will be created. Once you make any desired edits, click the “send” button and your letter will be on its way. If you prefer to contact your Representative by phone, the site provides that information for you as well.
To contact your Senators, visit http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ to locate their websites where you can send them an email urging their support. A suggested message template is available on the Rocky Mountain Division website, or you may certainly compose your own personal correspondence.
More information about these bills can be found on ARRL’s website at http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act
Thank you for doing your part to make this important amateur radio legislation a reality for our amateur radio community.
ARRL “Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity” Video Released
The ARRL has produced a video to clarify the intent of H.R.1301 and S. 1685 and counter growing misinformation that is being created and spread by those who oppose the legislation. The video can be seen at https://youtu.be/AMY-5U1cJ6E and a companion document is also available at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/Clarity%20on%20Parity.pdf.
The video and companion document will be made available on Capitol Hill to make sure that Members of Congress have correct information, instead of misrepresentations.
Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy Statement
The ARRL Executive Committee adopted an updated mobile policy statment during its October 4, 2014 meeting to address the growing number of state and local laws and ordinances regulating the use of cellular telephone and text messaging, inadvertently affecting Amateur Radio mobile communications.
Well intentioned legislation in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming has sought to address distracted driving by the operation of cellular telephones while driving, however poor language and broad definitions have caused amateur radio operations to be unintended victims. Through contact with hams and various legislators, Section Managers and State Government Liaisons of these states coordinated grassroots efforts to limit or eliminate the bills’ potential impact on mobile amateur radio communications. This issue isn’t new, and it’s not going to disappear either, which is why ARRL created a policy statement which includes suggested statutory language for state motor vehicle codes.
This policy statement can be found at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/Mobile%20ARS%20Policy%202014%20October.pdf
Please keep in close contact with your respective Section Managers and his appointed State Government Liaison when it comes to addressing these sorts of bills. A closely coordinated effort is crucial to success when engaging lawmakers, informing them of drawbacks to their legislation, and lobbying them to make changes to it.