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Amateur Radio and Community Associations

Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 555/S.1534)

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:

  • 95 percent of respondents believe their architectural covenants preserve and protect their property values and the local housing market.
  • 91 percent of the respondents indicated their community has not denied requests for installation of a Ham radio antenna or tower or they are unsure of denial; 9 percent indicate they have denied a request.
  • 81 percent of the respondents indicated their community has never relied on amateur radios communication during a local disaster; 5 percent have and 14 percent are unsure.
  • 78 percent of respondents indicated they do not believe amateur radio operators should be exempt from community association covenants. 11percent are unsure.

    Common practice for community associations and HAM radio operators is a collaborative and neighborly effort to provide temporary space for HAM radio operator clubs and for set-up in times of need during a local disaster. 
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