Bedford County broadcasting executive Lloyd Roach has been named the new National Association for Amateur Radio state government liaison officer for Pennsylvania.
His appointment comes after a lifetime of managing and owning radio stations throughout Pennsylvania and parts of New York State. In the course of his business career, Roach has gotten to know many of Pennsylvania’s legislators and said he looks forward to working with them along with the executive branch.
In addition to his broadcasting duties, Roach has been active in the Bedford County Amateur Radio Society and currently serves as its public information officer.
Amateur radio operators work closely with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency as emergency communicators. That and other issues affecting the nearly 30,000 hams in Pennsylvania will be the focus of his activities as the ARRL government liaison. Roach works with PEMA as the Bedford County auxiliary communications officer and radio amateur civil emergency service officer. The Auxiliary Communications System, or ACS, is a network of amateur radio operators who practice emergency communications regularly. He was previously the ARRL’s emergency coordinator for Chester County.
Dave Cubbison, Bedford County’s director of emergency management, praised Roach’s appointment, calling it “Well deserved and earned. Thank you for your continued service to Bedford County and the Commonwealth of Pa. You continue to inspire.”
Roach explained his role as “Trying to keep the government from doing bad things to ham radio” by keeping an eye on legislation moving through both state and federal governments.
For instance, Pennsylvania is considering legislation that would restrict anyone from using cellphones while in an automobile. But that legislation would expand the ban to any other form of radio communication, and Roach’s group opposes that because of its emergency management implications.
Another example that is not so much of a problem here as in some other areas, he said, are restrictions on radio towers placed on private property. Many housing developments, he said, have gone so far as to ban any sort 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.