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it in your own words.
LETTERHEAD WITH YOUR ADDRESS
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Rep. _____________
I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 4720, the "Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications Consistency Act," sponsored by Rep. Steve Israel. The bill
would alleviate a problem facing many federally licensed Amateur Radio
operators living within development communities who are subject to
unreasonable restrictions or outright prohibitions regarding the
installation of external antennas.
Under current law, the FCC applies a
policy that instructs states and
localities that they must reasonably accommodate Amateur Radio antenna.
The policy, however, fails to address situations affecting private
land-use groups. Rep. Israel's bill would ensure consistent application of
This legislation seeks to insure that
Amateur Radio operators are
available for emergency communications in all sections of the country,
regardless of whether they live in a development, such as a retirement
community, or townhouse subdivision. Restrictions against antennas render
Amateur Radio operators unable to utilize their licenses, which in turn
may ultimately hinder their emergency communication role during times of
disaster or national crisis.
Amateur radio provides a vital public
safety communications service to the
public at no cost to taxpayers. I hope you will join Rep. Israel in
co-sponsoring his bill.
I look forward to hearing from you as
you consider this important