[AMRadio] OT : Paid Hams during Drills

WA5AM ars.w5ami at gmail.com
Tue Jan 19 19:11:24 EST 2010

Never heard of such!  The VA hospitals, operate without a control op
present, and are employees, on the clock?  Not even hams?

Tell me more!

73 Brian

On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 6:04 PM, Bob Peters <rwpeters at swbell.net> wrote:

>  *To answer your question YES in Mesquite… We have the Police and Fire
> Corp were hams work alongside the Police and Fire and have drills on the
> Police and Fire Radios and Amateur… This is a very progressive community…The
> city does own their own gear for sure…Brian LOOK at VA.. Va has a Radio, Amp
> and antenna in every hospital They have a VA net weekly… Some VA centers do
> not have hams but do have call signs and operate the net… The Trustee of the
> station is responsible … They operate just like the Red Cross and Salvation
> Army…*
> * *
> *Bob W1PE*
> * *
> *From:* WA5AM [mailto:ars.w5ami at gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:42 PM
> *To:* Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service; Bob Peters
> *Cc:* Dale Temple; Nick & Judy Davis
> *Subject:* Re: [AMRadio] OT : Paid Hams during Drills
> Bob,
> Don't forget these agencies you mentioned have their OWN communication
> equipment, bought and paid for by the public via taxes.  That is why
> volunteer hams have been used for decades to provide communication via ham
> radio at or near these agencies.  Amateur radio has served the public VERY
> well for decades in emergency communications, and has always been on a
> volunteer basis.  Why does this need changing now??  Are hams allowed to
> conduct drills on the police or fire bands?  Not that I'm aware of.
> Why do the public service agencies need our ham frequencies now?
> If we allow people to be paid money for operating ham radio, we are losing
> the very threads the founding fathers of amateur radio and the ARRL stood
> for.  What will be next?  Dollars for working contests?
> During an actual emergency of life or death, anyone, including the Fire
> Chief can operate ANY radio, ham or otherwise...
> 73
> Brian

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