[VHFcontesting] Spend a minute, save a band...

Les Rayburn les at highnoonfilm.com
Thu Feb 24 11:28:59 PST 2011

If you haven't already done so, please take a minute to write your 
Congressman to oppose H.R. 607, the Broadband for First Responder's Act. The 
ARRL makes it easy with a form-letter, and a lobbyist firm who will hand 
deliver the letters in batches to your representative. While I know this 
approach is effective, I'm one of those guys who writes my Senators and 
Congressman several times per year on various issues. So I think it's also 
important to write a more personal letter or call their office.

This bill directly threatens the 432 Mhz band, and it's vital that VHF Men 
take the lead in defending our turf. Don't depend on the ARRL or others to 
do it for you...take a few minutes and write a letter, send an e-mail, fax, 
or call them on the phone. I wrote two letters, sent an e-mail and made a 
phone call to talk to a staffer here in Birmingham. Whole process took less 
than 1/2 hour, but I guarantee you that Congressman Bachus has been 

I pointed out the role that amateur radio plays in SKYWARN, and our use of 
440 Mhz repeaters to help protect citizens in his district. We have severe 
weather threatening tonight, and hams are deploying to the NWS, local EMA 
offices, etc. to volunteer their time and equipment. That point was not lost 
on the staffer I spoke to in Birmingham.

Please take a few moments to let your voice be heard. Here is the link:



Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114

6M VUCC #1712
Grid Bandit #222
Life Member Central States VHF Society 

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