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Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014

This is of interest to those living in gated or HOA communities with restrictions concerning ham radio antennas and equipment.


A bill with bipartisan support has been introduced in the US House of Representatives that calls on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions. HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” was introduced on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which worked with House staffers to draft the proposed legislation. The bill’s sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). It has initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT). If the measure passes the 113th Congress, it would require the FCC, within 120 days of the Bill’s passage, to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply PRB-1 coverage to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.

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2014 Field Day – Times Union Article

Field Day was a GREAT success as operators from both Clay County ARES and OPARC joined forces at the Orange Park High School to contact all 50 states and most of Canada — at last report over 1000 contacts were made.

“ORANGE PARK | Be it hurricane, wildfire, flood or tornado, when disaster wipes out communications at home or abroad, Clay County volunteers are ready to relay messages so emergency authorities can get help where it’s needed and let families know their loved ones are safe.” Continue reading

Field Day Preparation: June 7, 2014

Mark your calendars.

We will be meeting at my place, June 7, 2014 to clean up and organize the field day trailer, check antennas and coax, and whatever else needs to be done. This preparation makes the set up on the actual ARRL Field Day much easier for us all. We will meet at my place (1020 Browns Rd. Middleburg, FL 32068) @ 9:00 on Saturday June the 8th after the OPARC breakfast. Come out and help prepare for the big event and enjoy the fun and fellowship. With a little help, we should get done before lunch.

Greg Fitcher N4RVD

Click the map below to see the whole map. We’ll be looking for you.1020 browns rd

Member Equipment For Sale: WD4KGV

Please contact Don ( WD4KGV ) @ 904-771-3158 if you are interested in any of these items.

2 Meter Westcon Liknear Amp. 75.00
2 2-meter Mobile Ant.
2 meter Colinear 5/8 ant.
2 meter/440 Ant NR770 SA Diamond Mobile Ant
2 meter/440 Ant NR 770 SA
2 meter Mag Mount Ant
2 meter 4 element beam
1 Standard Ant. Spring
1 HD Ant. Spring
1 Standard Bumper Mount
1 HD Bumper Mount\
HT SWR Meter
In-line VHF swr/power meter
Many fittings 239 – 259 etc
2 meter Scanners
Mag Mount HD
Trunk Lip Mounts
Body Mount (ball) Standard
Body Mont (Bal) HD

ARRL Field Day June 28-29, 2014

I just wanted to remind everyone that Field Day is coming up in a few months.  We will need help getting ready.  The club will be notified of different events going on in the meetings.

June 7, 2014 we will meet at Gregs house after breakfast to get the trailer ready, make new cable,  clean antennas and much more fun.

2014 Field Day Patch copy


OPARC Monthly Meeting Discussion 03/20/2014: HOA’s and Ham Radio

The Program will be HOA’s and Ham Radio presented by Billy

The gone skin great view site this s skin.

Williams N4UF.

New Hams and Old Hams need to be informed on how to deal with HOA’s. Don’t miss this one.

If you have already received any notices or paperwork from your HOA dealing with our Hobby please bring them with you to the meeting. Billy will give you his best advice on how to proceed to obtain the best outcome.