Thursday, December 17, 2009


On Monday, December 14, S1755 -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 -- passed the Senate by unanimous consent; the bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

U. S. Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced a companion bill to HR 2160 which was introduced to the House of Representatives by Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18) in April 2009.  Senate bill is S1755 is also known as “The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009”.  More complete information can be found on the ARRL website.

The Main items are;

  • The first includes; Include a review of the importance of Amateur Radio emergency communications in furtherance of homeland security missions relating to disasters, severe weather and other threats to lives and property in the United States etc.

  • The second is more interesting; Identify impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio Service communications, such as the effects of unreasonable or unnecessary private land use regulations on residential antenna installations; and make recommendations regarding such impediments for consideration by other federal departments, agencies and Congress.

These is key; if we are ever going to rid ourselves of the overly oppressive Home Owner Association and other antenna restricting rules. -- I highly recommend each of you write your senator and encourage him to explore ways that we can maximize this opportunity here in Georgia.

Our Senators

Sen. Saxby Chambliss
416 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Tel: 202-224-3521
FAX: 202-224-0103

Sen. Johnny Isakson
120 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Tel: 202-224-3643
FAX: 202-228-0724

73 de ki4SGU


  1. Nice blog. And I appreciate our QSO this morning. I can see Starbucks from my office window at 150 E. Ponce - let me know if you'd like to get a cup of joe.

    Burke Brennan

  2. Sure love to - please drop me an email at - I would really enjoy meeting you.