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March Meeting: Advocating for Amateur Radio
          Being Heard by our Government

Our March UARC meeting will feature Jay Brummett, W7WJB, the Governmental Liason for ARRL's Utah Section. Jay will tell us how we can influence our government branches to avoid or repeal laws and ordinances that adversely impact our hobby. Jay writes:

Amateur Radio operators are a diverse group individuals from many walks of life, holding different views on the issues of the day. On the air, we tend to avoid controversial subjects including politics; however, actions by our state and local governments pose significant risk to our hobby.

Hams are smart, technical, and recognize that it is up to us as active Amateur Radio operators to advocate for the hobby and service we all enjoy; but, we can't seem to get our heads around how to effectively impact the political process. So, all too often, the ham radio community simply gripes about local zoning and HOA's interfering with our ability to install the antennas of our choice. We grumble and grouse about groups of political hacks, dimwits, and panderers that make decisions that adversely affect Amateur Radio.

With very little time and effort, you can give ham radio an active voice in government and the political power to prevent and oppose bad legislation and help promote the issues that make our hobby possible. Learn the simple things that you can do to have impact on state and local issues and gain the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to preserve and protect your Amateur Radio the rights, privileges, and freedom to operate.

For an example of how important working with government can be see the story of Utah HB-101.

The meeting will take place Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 P.M., in room 1230 of the Warnock Engineering Building on the University of Utah campus. Parking is available across the road to the east of the building. Do not park in the spaces immediately east of the building unless you have a handicapped pass.

Except for July and August, UARC meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 P.M.

See the map for information on finding the building. The parking lots you can use are outlined in green. The room number varies depending on availability.

Of course, the meeting will include the “standard” meeting features:

  • Availability of ARRL books from Rick, the bookseller
  • An opportunity to join UARC or renew your membership
  • An opportunity to join ARRL or renew your membership
  • The chance to meet face-to-face the people you talk to on the air
  • The “Meeting after the meeting”: A chance to enjoy pizza or other gastronomic delights with other hams. It happens at Litza's Pizza, 716 E. 400 South.
  • The “Meeting before the meeting”: A similar get-together for those who can leave work early enough to get there by 5:15 P.M. These are held at “The Village Inn,” 910 E. 400 South.

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Last updated 02-18-2020.