Roach is the advocate for amateur radio | New
Lloyd Roach, director of broadcasting for Bedford County, has been appointed the Pennsylvania State Government’s new liaison for the National Amateur Radio Association.
His appointment comes after a lifetime of managing and owning radio stations throughout Pennsylvania and parts of New York State. Over the course of his business career, Roach got to know many Pennsylvania lawmakers and said he looked forward to working with them in the executive branch.
In addition to his broadcasting duties, Roach has been active in the Bedford County Amateur Radio Society and currently serves as a public information officer.
Amateur radio operators work closely with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency as emergency communicators. This and other issues affecting the nearly 30,000 Pennsylvania hams will be the focus of his activities as the ARRL government liaison. Roach works with PEMA as Bedford County Auxiliary Communications Officer and Amateur Radio Emergency Services Officer. The Auxiliary Communications System, or ACS, is a network of amateur radio operators who regularly perform emergency communications. He was previously the ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Chester County.
Dave Cubbison, director of emergency management for Bedford County, praised Roach’s appointment, calling it “well deserved and deserved.” Thank you for your continued service to Bedford County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. You continue to inspire. “
Roach explained his role as “trying to stop the government from doing bad things on amateur radio” by keeping an eye on legislation going through state and federal governments.
For example, Pennsylvania is considering legislation that would prevent anyone from using cell phones in an automobile. But this legislation would extend the ban to any other form of radio communication, and Roach’s group opposes it because of its emergency management implications.
Another example that is not so much of an issue here as in other areas, he said, concerns restrictions on radio towers placed on private property. Many real estate developments, he said, have gone so far as to ban any kind of antenna.
Roach served as a Navy Radio Operator in the Western Pacific during the Vietnam War and has been an FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operator for many years.