>> The item below should be of concern to all of us. I hope you will take
time to digest this and support legislation which will aid amateur radio
operators in California to continue operating from their homes. This is
vital to our continued efforts as emergency communicators. Thanks and 73
Don Carlson KQ6FM
SCV - SEC/ASM
Hearing Set on California Amateur Radio Antenna Bill
NEWINGTON, CT, Mar 12, 2003--A committee hearing has been set for March 26
on California's latest attempt to pass an Amateur Radio antenna bill,
Assembly Bill 1228. The measure, introduced February 21 by Assemblyman Bob
Dutton (R-63rd), has been referred to the Committee on Local Government.
"There is a lack of consistency in zoning ordinances in terms of Amateur
Radio Service communication structures," says a background document that
explains the new bill. "Some cities and counties follow the preemption
guidelines established by the FCC while others do not. Some cities lump
Amateur Radio communication structures in with cell phone/telecommunication
structures, thus ignoring the status of Amateur Radio antennas as a
federally protected class of communication structures."
ARRL Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, and ARRL staffer and
antenna expert Dean Straw, N6BV, are among those scheduled to testify on
behalf of AB 1228 before the Local Government Committee on March 26.
A copy of the proposed legislation is available on the California
Legislature Web site: