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The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 -- has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle -- seven Republicans and five Democrats.

HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.

ARRL members are urged to contact their US House members and ask them to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. We recommend sending the letter to your member of Congress to:

ARRL

Attn HR 1301 grassroots campaign

225 Main St

Newington CT 06111

The following are our representatives:

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)

2304 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-4201

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

517 Hart Senate Office Bldg

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-2934

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

185 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-5922

 

A field trip of interest to ham operators in the North Texas area has been planned to visit the Dallas Makerspace on Saturday morning, Mar. 
28.  You may have heard the term Makerspace.  Here's a chance to see what it is. http://dallasmakerspace.org/

Dallas Makerspace is 501(c)(3) non-profit shared community workshop and laboratory located in Carrollton, TX.  Open 24/7 to members, the 
workshops have various pieces of industrial tools too large and too expensive to have in a home workshop.  Classes are also conducted on various topics (ham radio included).

A special Open House for hams has been arranged to show off  the various tools available in the Makerspace labs.  You'll see the electronics 
lab, 3-D printing, a laser cutter, a large woodworking and welding shop, a plasma cutter,  and whole bunch of other stuff.

Here's the itinerary for the field trip on Saturday morning, Mar. 28:

8:00am Breakfast at Taco Cabana, 18130 Coit Rd, Dallas, TX 75252
( SE corner of Coit and 190) meet and greet

9:30am  Dallas Makerspace, 1825 Monetary Lane # 104, Carrollton, TX 75006

11:00am  Tanners Electronics, 1100 Valwood Pkwy #100, Carrollton, TX 75006

The Makerspace volunteers that will be hosting us need to know how many are coming.

So, if you are planning to attend,  please send an EMAIL with your name, Callsign and phone number to:
Doug Kilgore KD5OUG ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

My phone is 214-770-2394 Cell

THIS WILL BE A FUN MORNING!
73

Doug

 

Our friend Cindy Dicken, KF5POU, aka 'Cindy Bob" is battling cancer in Houston.

Her address down there is 459 W. FM 389 Fayetteville, TX. 78940. Her email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please take time to send her an email or drop her a get well card. What would be really nice is if everyone would send her a QSL card. Lets let Cindy Bob know that we are all pulling for her.

Thanks

KF5FEA, Rusty.

 

If you are interested in obtaining PARK logo apparel, please contact;

B&B Embroidery

817-471-4488

www.hamthreads.com

You can look at the offerings on the website, but call David, KF8WS or Shirley, N7UPY, to order.  They can provide you with the correct pricing.

Tony

 

Latest Newsletter Available

The latest copy of the newsletter is available here:
PARK Newsletter

The latest version of the newsletter is normally posted on or about the first of the month so check back each month for all the most recent happenings in the Klub.

 

Online Users Groups

If you would like to seek out help, you should consider registering on the 2 online user groups that most of our members use.

You can find the links to the "K5PRK" group and the "Laterisers" group here:
http://www.k5prk.net/park-online-user-groups

This link is also available in the right hand column of links near the top of the front page.  The link is listed under the "Club Information" heading as "PARK Online User Groups"


There are other interest groups listed on that webpage, as well.
The Field Day group will start to get active as we head toward field day in June.

 

'Late' Risers Breakfast

Come and join us at the Late Risers Breakfast at Poor Richards in Plano at 7:00 AM on Saturdays. Come as early as you would like since there are a couple of Klub members who normally open up the place and start the coffee.  There have been unconfirmed rumors that a few hearty souls from the Klub get there as early as the night before to start the ragchew around the table.

Also join the Laterisers yahoo group at:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/laterisersgroup/

Location: Poor Richards is located on the SE corner of Ave K and Park Ave in Plano, TX

 

 

GOOD NEWS NET:

Join us for the Good News Net on Thursdays at 845 pm local time. 

The Plano Amateur Radio Klub holds the Good News Net on Thursdays on the WD5ERD repeater (147.18+ MHz, PL 107.2) for the purpose of exchanging information about the Plano Amateur Radio Klub and Amateur Radio, in general. Participation in the Good News Net is open to all amateur operators. You need not be a member of the Plano Amateur Radio Klub to participate.