BREAKING NEWS –Northwestern Division Newsletter Supplement

ARRL to Change Administrator for Insurance Plans:

Effective May 26, 2015, the ARRL will be changing the program
administrator for its sponsored Equipment and Club Liability insurance
plans. Beginning on that date, all program administration including
policy application, issuance and claims administration will be handled
by Risk Strategies, a privately held, national insurance brokerage
firm. The ARRL programs will be administered from their offices in
Chicago, Illinois.
This move is being made based on the results of numerous comments from
the ARRL membership relative to the former administrator, Hays Affinity
Group which is based out of Minneapolis, MN.

The transaction, unlike previous changes, will involve a transfer of
the total program business from Hays Affinity to Risk Strategies.
Participants in the programs will retain their current insurance
policies and the details of the coverage and the cost of coverage will
remain unchanged, as will the insurance company, Hanover Insurance
Company. An e-mail will be sent to all the current participants in the
programs describing the changes and what, if anything, they need to do
to access their on-line information
The web address for the programs will be the same,, but will take on a new look with improved
functionality. The 800 numbers will also remain unchanged for
contacting the new administrator. There will be a short delay in
bringing up the new site once the programs have been transferred and we
appreciate your patience while Risk Strategies makes the programs

As a leading U.S. insurance broker, Risk Strategies offers
sophisticated risk management advice and insurance placement for
property & casualty and employee benefits risks. Risk Strategies serves
middle market commercial companies, non-profits, public entities, and
individuals, and has access to all major insurance markets. Ranked in
the top 30 insurance brokers in the country, the company is
headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

FCC to Eliminate fees for Vanity Callsigns:

The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio
vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until
required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least
90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others),
released May 21, it’s a matter of simple economics.

“The Commission spends more resources on processing the regulatory
fees and issuing refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee
payment,” the FCC said. “As our costs now exceed the regulatory
fee, we are eliminating this regulatory fee category.” The current
vanity call sign regulatory fee is $21.40, the highest in several
years. The FCC reported there were 11,500 “payment units” in FY
2014 and estimated that it would collect nearly $246,100.

For more information go to:

HB 1301:

If you are going to the SeaPac Convention on June 5, 6 & 7, don’t
forget to stop by the ARRL booth and sign a letter to your
Congressman/woman, asking them to co-sponsor this Bill that would
direct the FCC to extend the reach of PRB-1, to allow for
‘reasonable’ accommodations for Radio Amateur antennas in HOA and
CC&R restricted areas.

73 and Good Hamming

ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX

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