[AMRadio] OT : Paid Hams during Drills

Bob Peters rwpeters at swbell.net
Tue Jan 19 16:27:38 EST 2010

Brian on this one I kinda got to disagree with
you. Here in Mesquite our Fire Chief and our
Manager of preparedness are both Hams and by
current FCC regs are not allowed to participate in
any of our RACES or ARES drills or nets. All this
new proposal does is allow them to participate in
these events or in a case of an emergency
participate in there command center. As the rules
are now written they cannot pick up an Amateur
Radio mic in any type of drill... All of our
drills now are held at lunch hour when they are
not working or after duty time... We also have 3
police officers in the same situation... This is
not commercialization of Ham Radio at all...

Very Best 73's,
Bob W1PE

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Subject: Re: [AMRadio] OT : Paid Hams during


They are wanting it to be legal for say, a ham who
works for a hospital, or
an EMT, cop, etc., to be able to participate in
emergency drills on ham
radio on behalf of their employer WHILE BEING
PAID, on the clock!  This is
the start of the commercialization of amateur
radio.  Apparently just what
the ARRL wants.

Brian / wa5am

On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM, John Coleman
<jc at pctechref.com> wrote:

> I am a little confused here, as to what would be
> 1. Are Hams presently not permitted to
participate in these preparedness
> and
> drills
> Or
> 2. Are they not permitted on behalf of their
> 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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