In January, H.R. 555, the ham radio bill that failed to make it out of the Senate at the end of the 114th Congress was reintroduced. That bill passed the House with compromise language CAI members advocated for in order to protect the best interest of community associations. If passed, community associations may not prohibit an owner from installing an amateur radio tower or antenna. However, the association may require prior approval and have reasonable rules related to aesthetics and location for placement.
The measure is pending consideration in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. For the bill to become law, it will need to pass the Senate and be signed by President Donald Trump. Following its passage, the Federal Communications Commission will need to amend its regulations to accommodate the new law.
There are approximately 700,000 amateur radio operators in the U.S.
There are approximately 68 million residents living in community associations in the U.S.
According to a CAI survey: