We serve Dauphin County
RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service)
HEARS (Hospital Emergency Amateur Radio Service)
Next meeting: March 2020 meeting
Where: Hoss’s in Hummelstown
When: Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
Food – 6 PM Meeting – 7 PM
DATE: January 30, 2020
MEMO TO: Pennsylvania Amateur Radio Operators
FROM: Your Pennsylvania ARRL Leadership Team (includes the Eastern and Western PA Sections!)
re: Amendment to HB 37
During a conference this morning with the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee, we learned that partly as a result of our efforts, Senator Farnese of Philadelphia will be introducing an amendment to this bill that will exempt Amateur Radio Operators from its prohibition on the use of Amateur Radio equipment while mobile.
The committee’s executive director is unsure of the timing for a future vote on this bill but feels certain that if Amateur Radio Operators in Pennsylvania communicate their support for the amendment, it will contribute to a successful outcome.
Senator Farnese’s staff is currently preparing the language of the amendment following input from your ARRL team. Once the Senate includes this exemption and passes the bill, it will go to a conference committee where the differences in the House and Senate versions must be ironed out. So, your support for this amendment is crucial. Contact your State Representative and State Senator and ask them to support the amendment to HB37 exempting Amateur Radio Operators.
Use this link https://www.legis.state.pa.us/ to find out who represents you in the Senate and House. Contact them and simply ask them to support the exemption amendment.
We’ll post more updates as the bill progresses.
There was some concern about this bill really being a danger to our mobile operations since it focused on hand-held devices. An HT is a hand-held device and while the primary concern of the bill is texting and it is a secondary offense it was better to get a clarification for Amateur Radio. When I turn on the D74A it makes my Samsung Galaxy look pretty anemic.
If you have not done so then email, snail mail, call, or even visit your state senator. Don’t sit in a corner sucking on your rubber ducky antenna. Make a contact with your legislators. You may not get a QSL card for the contact but you will have exercised your right to speak to them and they will know how you think. At least on this subject.
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as Terry will NOT run for re-election in April.
CPRA net – Sunday, 9 PM every week on Local 2 on every DMR repeater except Brandmeister sites.
PEMA ACS: https://www.pemaauxcom.org/ <<<— New website that will have the most up-to-date Information
SERVPA – State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania
Sign up as a Amateur Radio volunteer at the state and or your county level
Harrisburg Area SKYWARN
Your invited to participate in the Harrisburg Area Skywarn Net on the 145.11 pl 131.8
Wednesday nights 9 PM
And any time severe weather breaks out.
The group has grown to six counties. Join us, see what’s going on in weather.
Please send your e-mail address to KB3YRC@comcast.net for weather bulletins and events the list will not be shared with anyone.
This Link is only active before & during a weather event. This link does not give normal weather forecasts.
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