From our Michigan Section Manager:
On June 25, 2014, Representative Kinzinger of Illinois (for himself and Representative Courtney) introduced the following bill (HR 4969); which was referred to the Committee on Energy and the bill is known as the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014.”
I won’t tell you about what is in the bill, but I have attached a copy for your review.
The ARRL has begun a major drive to get letters written to individual members of the House of Representatives in an effort to drum up support and generate co-signers. Ten days ago at the ARRL Convention the League had a booth with a couple of folks there that asked everyone who passed by to sign a letter to their Congressman that they would print a letter (personalized, based on the callsign of the ham in question) that the ham would sign and the ARRL would add it to the pile to be hand delivered on the hill.
A pretty neat system and it generated a lot of letters.
Now is the time for the hams out in the field to begin a letter writing campaign as well. Just about everything we need is contained on the ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/hr-4969
- All the information about the bill.
- A copy of the bill
- A sample letter in Word format (easily handled by a number of free programs)
- A spot to locate the name of your Representative (once you are logged into the ARRL main site, one click gives you the correct Rep based upon your address as listed on the ARRL membership database).
- Directions on how to send your letter (preferred route is to send a signed copy by email to HQ for hand delivery)
- Key talking points for discussing HB 4969
On Thursday, July 31, I will be sending out a “Call to Action” via email to nearly 2700 ARRL members who have signed up to receive bulletins from the ARRL. I will urge the membership to go to the ARRL website and follow the directions there to send letters to their US Representative. I will also ask them to tell their friends and assist other hams in whatever way they can in order to maximize the number of letters being sent. I would also like to be copied on every letter emailed to HQ so I can have an idea of how effective we are. (wb8r [at] arrl [dot] org)
In addition, I will send a note to Chip Locke, WB8ALW our Affiliated Club Coordinator and to Pat Mullet, KC8RTW who is our Michigan Public Information Officer and ask them to disseminate the information through their channels to hams and clubs throughout the state. And last but not least, we will disseminate via various Yahoo user groups such as the MIARPSC Group, the West Michigan Yahoo group, etc. I believe that we should be able to reach at least half the hams in Michigan through various sources.
I will also ask individuals to make an effort to meet their representative face to face as he or she will be back in Michigan during the August legislative break and will be looking to talk with constituents. This may be an excellent time to drum up support as every member of the House is up for reelection in 2014. Some individuals are running for another term and others are retiring, which gives us an opportunity to talk with candidates who are running and potentially have a chance to cosign and or vote on our bill. The timing here is good and we have several weeks to drum up support and make contacts.
I know this is pretty short notice, but I would appreciate your review of my outline and my plans and give me feedback. It would be good for you to visit the website in question and follow what is there to send your own letter. By following the process, you will quickly see if something has been left out of the information. Since I have already sent my letter when I was at the Convention, my next step will be to go to my Rep’s web site and send one to him using his email service located there. That kind of “double dipping” is acceptable and encouraged as well.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Larry Camp, WB8R
ARRL Michigan Section Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™
wb8r [at] arrl [dot] org
Download (Kinzinger-Courtney-HR-4969.pdf, PDF, 243KB)