The first step in this process is to
garner support among members of the
US House of Representatives. Each ARRL member
needs to contact their member of the
US House to state their support for HR
4969 and to ask their Representative to
please sign on as a co-sponsor for the
Write your member of the
US House Representatives and ask them to
become a co-sponsor for HR 4969. A
sample letter can be found
When addressing the letter to your
Representative, make certain you have
included their name and mailing address
in the header. add your full name,
callsign, and address to the bottom of
the letter, and please make certain you
have signed your letter. Letters that
have not been signed have little
For South East Idaho its Mike Simpson
Rep. Michael Simpson (R-ID)
2312 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
if you are from out of state or the area,
click is link
probably the easiest way to
get the job done, and it only takes a few
minutes, cut and paste the letter below to
WORD, or wordpad or even notepad, ADD any
personal info you want to include,
for hand-delivery to your Representative's
The mailing address is:
Once you have your letter written and signed
they can be mailed to ARRL
ATTN: Legislative Action Letters
225 Main St
Newington, CT 06111
HERE is a sample letter, just cut and
---------------------------cut and paste
from here down
Rep. Michael Simpson
2312 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
constituent and a licensed Amateur Radio
operator in your district, I am writing
asking that you support HR 4969 – The
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 – and
request that you become a co-sponsor for
For over 30
years the FCC and Congress have repeatedly
acknowledged the “strong Federal interest”
in effective Amateur Radio communications.
The FCC found that municipalities often
unreasonably restricted Amateur Radio
antennas in residential areas. In its
declaratory ruling now codified at 47 C.F.R.
§97.15(b) – the FCC determined that:
as otherwise provided herein, a station
antenna structure may be erected at
heights and dimensions sufficient to
accommodate amateur service communications.
(State and local regulation of a station
antenna structure must not preclude amateur
service communications. Rather, it
must reasonably accommodate such
communications and must constitute the
minimum practicable regulation to accomplish
the state or local authority's legitimate
HR 4969 will
extend limited reasonable accommodation
provisions to include all types of land use
regulations, including preclusive
homeowner’s association regulations and
restrictive covenants. The FCC has
jurisdiction to provide these protections
when there is a conflict with Federal
policy. This was established when, at
Congress’ instructions, it enacted
regulations that preempted municipal and
private land use regulation over satellite
dish antennas and television broadcast
receive antennas in residences.
HR 4969 will
provide a basis for radio Amateurs to
negotiate reasonable accommodation for at
least minimal outdoor Amateur Radio antennas
with their homeowners’ association. This
legislation is critically important to me
and to the hundreds of other federally
licensed Amateur Radio operators residing in
your district. Please sign-on as a
co-sponsor of HR 4969.
ADD YOUR COMPLETE NAME AND
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all repeaters in Pocatello are open for general
N7PI/r 100hz PL - 6 & 10 Meter remote
100% Solar Powered
144.39mHz - Digital
146.82mHz 100Hz PL
OK, on Friday,
three PARC members ventured the 60 mile journey to the top of Scout
Mountain, home of our solar powered 147.060 repeater..
KØIP, K9GP did the tower work!
What was done:
The new antenna was installed, it
was made per the ARRL Antenna Book by AC7LI, KØIP. it took almost 9
hours to build, it's almost 15 feet high.
and should have a few dB's of gain, We Hope !!
The repeater is putting out 7 watts during daylight hours, somewhat less
when the sun isn't charging the batteries. The cavity tuning was
checked by KØIP as well as the receiver sensitivity. All appears to be
Also a temperature sensor was installed on the batteries to help
regulate the charge current. again hopefully extending the battery life
by some years*.. We are using an improved charger, hence the
slight buzz in the background during daylight hours. we have confidence
this charger system will allow the repeater to function all winter.
The 06 repeater should be in prime operation for the upcoming winter.
*, The batteries we are using have a retail cost of almost $950
each, there are two. Lucky we got a deal and didn't pay that much,
but someday these will die, then what ?? its a tough life
for a battery in a un heated, un air-conditioned building at 9000 feet,
Hot and Cold,
This was the second trip this year, its a long bumpy 60 miles.
Next the 36 repeater , needs ?? something ??
click on the picture for a better view..
down in Logan also have a
and that's coming up on OCT 11
PARC ARRL Amateur
Testing Results Sept 13
We had 17 people take tests and gave 24 tests.
Nine (9) people earned their technician license,
six (6) people earned their general license,
and two (2) people earned their extra class license.
We had people from Utah, Malad, Idaho Falls, Inkom and
Pocatello take their test. Everyone passed at least
one test. We had 6 VE’s helping with the testing,
The VE’s were: Craig Nickisch, WØWN, Brian Maynard, AC7LI,
Dave Turnmire, N7TZK, Elborn Hewett, KA7MLM,
Paul Smith, W7EKG, and myself WB7DNU.
I want to thank all the VE’s that helped me, they did a
great job with a large group. We processed all of the
test in 1 hour 50 minutes.
Mike Vaughn WB7DNU
WHAT's NEW AT
THE KINPORT 147.36 Repeater
On Sept 15th, KØIP and AC7LI (John and
Brian) drove to the Kinport repeater site.
What a road, rough at best ! Upon
tuning the corner at the top, we were
shocked by the tilt of the telephone pole
just to the north of our site, its
always tilted a bit, but WOW. By
luck an antenna crew from DIGIS internet
arrived shortly after we did, after
some discussion, we agreed the most logical
action would be to pull the pole over,
since it doesn't look like repair it would
practical .. The PARC 6
meter link antenna , a dipole, and the APRS
repeater antenna is on this pole,
We have ordered a new antenna for the APRS
and will have to make some decision about 6
meters later, Brian and myself will go
back up when the pole work is being done. If
it were to fall , it would most likely crush
the building and our radios.
the .36 repeater is back on line and working
THE repeater was completely tested, Brian
found water in the antenna coax
connectors, and the SWR was over 10 : 1
after drying everything out the SWR is now
almost perfect. the repeater
receiver was retuned,
FYI the 6 meter link is OFF. you can still
use 10meters if you like
look at these pictures, the
Leaning pole of Kinport
Pocatello's newest tourist attraction !
click the pics to make them bigger ..