[AMRadio] OT : Paid Hams during Drills

John Coleman jc at pctechref.com
Tue Jan 19 15:44:29 EST 2010

I am a little confused here, as to what would be changed.

1. Are Hams presently not permitted to participate in these preparedness and
2. Are they not permitted on behalf of their employer.

3. Or, are you saying that an employer can request, as part of your job
description and pay grade, that you participate.

The ARRL info, on that page, is very vague on this (as usual) as there does
not seem to be any other info about it on the web page, or did I just not
see it among all the BS.

John, WA5BXO

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Subject: [AMRadio] OT : Paid Hams during Drills

I know this does not directly involve AM, however it is something that could
set a precedent and change our hobby forever if we don't take a stand and
tell the ARRL not to allow a petition for rule change.  As some of you may
know, the ARRL board of directors have met and decided to request the staff
petition the FCC to make a change to Part 97.113(a)(3) to permit amateurs,
on behalf of an employer, to participate in emergency preparedness and
disaster drills that include Amateur operations.  To quote a very good ham
friend of mine, "...I feel like we have been sold out, sucker punched!  I
can't believe a majority of ARRL members support this issue."

The article is here: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2010/01/19/11294/?nc=1

I think ANYONE should be able to operate during a REAL emergency, and that
is already in place.  Anyone citizen can use any public service radio to
call for help.  I have no problem with that.

We should not take the "volunteer" out of ham radio.

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