LANSING—Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, accepted the newly created Legislative Leadership Award from the Michigan Section of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) on Tuesday. Jones is the first recipient of the award and was recognized for his leadership on Public Act 556 of 2014 that supports amateur radio operators.
Amateur radio, commonly known as “ham radio,” is a two-way, noncommercial, personal connection exchange. The new law codifies a federal order into state law and creates standards for the height of amateur radio antenna structures in Michigan to prevent inconsistent restrictions of these structures by local municipalities.
“Amateur radio operators play an important role in the Michigan State Police and federal Homeland Security emergency preparedness plans, largely because they can help in times of disaster and emergencies when traditional communications are down,” Jones said. “It is an honor to be recognized for working to bring clarity to Michigan’s ham radio operators, which will help reduce costly legal battles and possibly even help save lives.”
Michigan is also the first state in the nation to create an advisory board consisting of members from the Michigan ARRL, Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Townships and Michigan State Police to help mediate and provide assistance in any disputes that may arise due to amateur radio antenna or tower structure installations.
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