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Regulatory & Advocacy

Advocacy: "Science & Skill in Service" Report

ARRL's 2015 report on how Amateur Radio has benefitted the United States through public service, disaster response, and partnering with other served agencies. Targeted to legislators at all levels of government.

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  • Legislative Activities

    ARRL informs lawmakers about the contributions and needs of the Amateur Radio service. Learn More

  • Regulatory Agencies

    ARRL interacts with the FCC and other federal agencies involved in telecommunications policies. Learn More

  • State Advocacy

    The ARRL volunteer Field Organization includes State Government Liaisons (SGL) who monitor state legislation. Learn More

  • Local Advocacy

    ARRL supports local amateurs in representing Amateur Radio in their communities. Learn More

The ARRL Regulatory Information Branch is responsible for interpretations of Amateur Radio regulatory issues. These include:

  • Concerns about FCC rules and regulations,
  • Applications for a new or renewed amateur licenses,
  • Changes of address
  • Vanity call sign applications and operations overseas

RIB staff maintain and administer:

Answers to most of your regulatory concerns can be found on these pages or you may contact us for additional information.

Additonal Resources

The ARRL recommends the following publications on regulatory topics:

  • Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur by Fred Hopengarten
    Everything you and your attorney need to know to obtain a permit for your antenna support system.

Contact Us -- ARRL HQ Regulatory Staff

Bart Jahnke, W9JJ

Tel: 860-594-0272
Fax: 860-594-0259

Administrator, ARRL Volunteer Counsel and Volunteer Consulting Engineer Programs.

Duties include:

  • General regulatory questions
  • Volunteer Monitor Program
  • RFI regulatory information
  • Antenna restrictions
  • International operating

Steve Ewald, WV1X

Tel: 860-594-0265

Field Services.

  • Backup of general regulatory inquiries


Amateurs occasionally ask for ARRL General Counsel to assist with a problem or question. Please note that ARRL's counsels are not employees of the ARRL but are retained to provide services to the ARRL Board and are not available to provide legal advice to ARRL members. Questions requiring a legal opinion can be asked of an ARRL Volunteer Counsel in your area.


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