Bedford County Broadcasting Director Lloyd Roach has been appointed as the State Government Liaison Officer of the National Association for Amateur Radio for Pennsylvania.
His appointment comes after a life spent managing and owning radio stations throughout Pennsylvania and parts of New York State. During 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 is currently its 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 hams in Pennsylvania will be at the center of his activities as the ARRL government liaison. Roach works with PEMA as Bedford County Auxiliary Communications Officer and Civilian 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 the legislation in effect by both state and federal governments.
For example, Pennsylvania is considering legislation that would prohibit 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 as much of a problem here as in other areas, he said, are restrictions on radio towers placed on private property. Many housing estates, 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 was an FCC licensed amateur radio operator for many years.