Homeowners Associations vs. HAM Radio Operators

Sara Benson is reaching out to members of Congress and asking all of us to do the same. Pass the Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685). National organizations that lobby to keep HOAs in business are on the opposite side. They’re telling Senators that HAM Radio enthusiasts destroy nice neighborhoods, something as ridiculous as saying that satellite dishes destroy neighborhoods.

HAM radio operators save lives when disaster hits. To forbid them from operating in a Homeowners Association is beyond the pale. When police radios and all cell phone service went down in New York during 9/11, who was getting out messages about where ambulances and rescue boats should be sent? I’d bet dollars to doughnuts it was HAM operators. Same thing during Hurricane Katrina and any number of other natural disasters. It happened in Colorado during the Boulder flood two years ago. It happened in my state in July of 1976 when a huge flood in the Big Thompson Canyon killed 143 people and trapped thousands for days. I was there. I saw it.

Big Thomson flood of 1976 washed out Highway 34. The Big Thompson Flood, Loveland, Colorado

Sara thinks it’s urgent that we overcome the cacophony of false information pouring into the U.S. House and Senate. Ask your legislators, no demand of your legislators that they pay serious attention to the Amateur Radio Parity Act. I agree.

(link to information on the Amateur Radio Parity Act)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

3 thoughts on “Homeowners Associations vs. HAM Radio Operators

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  2. Elaine Jeter

    Thank you, Ward. I have already written to my congressman and senators pointing out the absurdity of the claims made by those opposing these Senate and House bills on amateur radio parity. Communication is EVERYTHING in the event of a disaster; we’ve had some severe fires here in southern California that ought to have proven the point, but the “crazies” are always lurking out there.
    Elaine Jeter KK6RLW

  3. Sara Benson

    Thank you very much, Ward, for getting out the word! I hope your readers send their legislators a message to APPROVE the Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685). It is of vital importance. Sara –


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