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Below are current legislative actions in both North Carolina and the Federal Government

Help Needed on NC Senate Bill 364 and NC House Bill 831 - The Brian Garlock Act

Both bills will ban the use any communiation device while operating a motor vehicle in North Carolina and will have a negative impact on the ability of amateur radio operators to communicate during emergency operations and in assisting in public events such as the Tour to Tanglewood. Letters are needed to be sent to your local North Carolina State Senate and House leaders and to Governor Cooper asking for amateur radio operators to be exempt from the final bill signed by the Governor. Several states have passed similar bills and later have passed a revised bill exempting amateur radio operators from the prohibition. Sample letters to both Senate and House leaders can be downloaded below in both text and MS Word doc format. A suitable letter to Governor Cooper can be created with only a few minor changes to either letter.

Sample letter to your NC State Senator

  • Senate Bill 364 in text format
  • Senate Bill 364 in MS Word doc format

  • Sample letter to your NC State House Person
  • House Bill 831 in text format
  • House Bill 831 in MS Word doc format
  • Help is Needed for the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017

    On Monday January 23, 2017 the US House of Representatives passed the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 (H.R. 555)by unanimous consent.

    This action was a good start.

    Your support and help is needed now for the Senate version of the bill (S.1534) and getting the two United States Senators from North Carolina to support this effort. This bill HAS to pass the Senate before President Trump can sign The Amateur Radio Parity Act into law.

    When signed into law by the President, the measure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a homeowner's association (HOA) or subject to any private land use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes.

    More information on the Amateur Radio Parity Act can be found on the ARRL webiste at:

  • ARRL Info Amateur Radio Parity Act

  • Additionally, the ARRL has opened a RallyCongress page to simplify the task. For further information, see:

  • Contact Your Senator for the Amateur Radio Parity Act