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

Dave, WV9E dave at wv9e.net
Fri Feb 25 20:24:58 PST 2011

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Les Rayburn 
  To: SVHFSList ; VHF Contesting Reflector ; vhf at w6yx.stanford.edu 
  Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:28 PM
  Subject: [VHFcontesting] Spend a minute, save a band...

  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
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  Maylene, AL 35114

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