Wicker bill removes roadblocks for amateur radio operators

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) recently unveiled bipartisan legislation that would smooth approval processes for amateur radio operators who provide important information to their communities, especially during emergencies.  

“Because communication during natural disasters is often hindered, we should be making every attempt to give folks more options. Reliable access can make the difference between life and death in an emergency,” Sen. Wicker said.

The senator introduced the Amateur Radio Preparedness Act, S. 3690, on Jan. 30 along with original cosponsor U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). 

According to a summary of the bill, the legislation would prohibit homeowner association rules that prevent or ban amateur radio antennas on residential properties, clarify the approval process for installing amateur radio antennas, and give amateur radio operators a private right of action.

“Our legislation removes roadblocks for amateur radio operators looking to help their friends, families, and neighbors,” Sen. Wicker said.

The bill has been endorsed by the Amateur Radio Relay League.

“Our measure will help clarify the rules so ham radio enthusiasts can successfully continue their communications,” Sen. Blumenthal added.