ARRL East Bay Section

HR-2160 Discussion with Dave Sumner, K1ZZ

Posted by af6aq on June 19th, 2009

Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, has graciously allowed me to invite the members of the Pacific Division to join in on the webinar program shown below. Please note that the time listed is EDT. The starting time is 5 PM PDT and 2 PM HST. This is a great opportunity, and I urge all of you that can make the time for this event, to do so.

Bob — W6RGG

Atlantic Division Update on HR 2160

Join us for a Webinar on June 25

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/596535705

The purpose of this webinar is to update Atlantic Division members on HR 2160 and why it is important to solicit support for this important proposed legislation.

The House of Representatives is presently considering new legislation to promote and encourage the valuable public service, disaster relief, and emergency communications provided on a volunteer basis by licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the Amateur Radio Service, by undertaking a study of the uses of amateur radio for emergency and disaster relief communications, by identifying unnecessary or unreasonable impediments to the deployment of Amateur Radio emergency and disaster relief communications, and by making recommendations for relief of such unreasonable restrictions so as to expand the uses of amateur radio communications in Homeland Security planning and response.

Specifically, the “Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 – Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to: (1) study the uses and capabilities of amateur radio communications in emergencies and disaster relief; (2) use the expertise of the American Radio Relay League in the study; and (3) report to Congress.” (full text of the legislation is available at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-2160).

The bill is presently in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration.

According to Dan Henderson, N1ND, the ARRL Regulatory Information Manager, “HR 2160 stands as the first step in trying to address the long standing problem of extending the protections afforded Amateur Radio operators under PRB-1 to deed restrictions and covenants. To be clear, passing HR 2160 is not going to achieve that goal right away. But it will help lay the ground work by assessing the impact such restrictions have on our ability to train for and respond to disasters and other emergencies.”

To help you learn more about the bill and the support that you can provide, the Atlantic Division is presenting a webinar on Thursday, June 25, from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM EDT. Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, the Chief Executive Officer of the ARRL, will provide further background on the bill and on the ways in which you can provide support.

Title: Atlantic Division Update on HR 2160

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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