Apart from a few minor foolish things (like the pending RM-11708…) the ARRL has done a lot of good – even great – things for our hobby. Without them our hobby would no longer exist. I know that, and that is why I support them and have been a member of it for a few decades now.
Once again, with our help, the ARRL can do great things, for all of us. Earlier this year, with the help of a fellow amateur radio operator (who happens to be a Congressman) they introduced House Bill 4969, know as the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014. It aims to expand on what is currently known as PRB-1, and would, if approved and written into law “direct the FCC to extend the “reasonable accommodation” provisions for Amateur Radio antennas to include all types of land-use regulation, including deed restrictions and restrictive covenants.” That includes silly “historic districts”, like the one I live in now.
They have tried to do this a few years ago; after which the FCC basically said “well, if you can get Congress to order us to put it into law then we will get it done.”
The time is now. You may not live in a CC&R infested area right now; but there’s no telling what will happen if/when you move. This bill, when voted on and approved, will take care of our ever-growing antenna restrictions now and forever – for everyone.
Please go to http://www.arrl.org/hr-4969 and read it all. It’s really not that much! But it will require you to email or write your Congressman/woman, to let him/her know that you support this bill. And you should.