CVARS WA7UHD

CVARS  –  The
Chehalis Valley Amateur Radio Society
WA7UHD

ARRL special service club





WA7UHD

CHEHALIS VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY

P. O. BOX 304 CHEHALIS, WA 98532

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MARCH, 2002 EDITOR KD7LWM

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2002 BOARD MEMBERS

President   Jim VanderMeer   KC7ASV

1st V. P.    Gary Litteer          K7GP

2nd V.P.    Eric Gildersleeve   KD7CAO

3rd V.P.    Kevin Nelson        KD7HTF

Secretary   Stacie Munro         KD7JPL

Treasurer   Mike Schessler      KC7HTG

 

CLUB ACTIVITIES

**APRIL 3, 2002** next meeting for CVARS. Will be held at the First Baptist Church of Chehalis, 1826 S. Market Blvd. At 7:30 PM.

Eric, KD7CAO, says the program will be a speaker from Tacoma Power to talk about electrical safety in honor of April being Electrical Safety Month.

 

ARRL OFFERS ON-LINE "ANTENNA RESTRICTIONS ‘HOW TO’ CHART"

The ARRL Regulatory Information Branch has made available a "triage center" of sorts for amateurs facing the prospect of dealing with various roadblocks to erecting an antenna system at their residence. The new "Antenna Restrictions ‘How to’ Chart" page http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/ant-how-to-charts.html#covenants offers three separate outlines that help users to logically work through issues involving local government zoning restrictions/ deed covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs); or rental/lease restrictions relating to antenna structures.

 

The prime focus is on dealing with local zoning restrictions to putting up an antenna structure and how to make the best possible case at a local regulatory board hearing. Some of the advice there applies to CC&Rs and rental/lease situations too.

 

"Remember: at the hearing, your presentation will be 80% of the battle, and 100% of the basis for any record, if the case ends up going to court," the "Important Notice" on the page advises.

 

Each "how to" outline is structured around a series of questions—much like a logic or flow chart. Depending on the answer, the user is referred to specific information or additional resources. The page also offers some step-by-step suggestions. For example, the local government zoning outline suggests 10 step to those seeking to change an overly restrictive local amateur antenna ordinance. One of them is to obtain the ARRL book Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur ($49.95; order Item 8217 from ARRL via the Online Store http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?category=&words=8217 or order by calling toll-free 888-277-5289). Written by attorney Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, the book offers detailed information on working with local governments and describes proven techniques and strategies that amateurs can employ in efforts to obtain an antenna-structure permit.

 

As the page emphasizes up front, however, neither this book nor the outlines on the "Antenna Restrictions ‘How To’ Chart" page are intended as substitutes for advice from an attorney.

 

The local government zoning outline also offers suggestions and information for amateurs who would like their legislature to incorporate the limited federal preemption known as PRB-1 into their state’s laws. So far, only 13 states have done so, but bills are still in the works in a few others.

 

The page offers limited guidance to those confronting CC&Rs—an issue facing more and more amateurs these days—and to those who rent or lease their homes and still want to be able to install an antenna—a situation where PRB-l does not apply. In both instances, affected amateurs are advised to develop and present logical and persuasive cases for being allowed to install an antenna system—much as they would have to do when dealing with a local government.

(From the ARRL letter, Vol 21 No. 3)

 

EDITOR’S NOTES:

I will try to get out a newsletter about mid-month after this. Please try to get any information or articles you may wish to have in the newsletter in by the end of the first week of the month, right after the monthly meeting. If there are events to be included, please send them also. Thank you to Karen – KA7CVT, Bill – KC7QHJ, and Eric –KD7CAO for their information for this month.

 

CHEHALIS VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY

P. O. BOX 304

CHEHALIS, WA 98532

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