[AMRadio] OT : Paid Hams during Drills

Bry Carling bcarling at cfl.rr.com
Tue Jan 19 20:27:17 EST 2010

ARRL have proved over and over again that the majority of 
members can oppose something while secret committees will 
be allowed to force it through. On top of that the leaders refuse 
to listen to sound arguments against anything that the League originates.

On 19 Jan 2010 at 11:45, WA5AM wrote:

> 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.
> I have setup a poll on my website where anyone (so long as you
> register so
> not to allow multiple votes) can cast a yes or no on this issue. 
> The Delta
> Division and some other divisions have been made aware of the poll
> for their
> viewing pleasure.  After you register, you will get an email sent to
> the
> email address you used in your registration.  Follow the directions
> in the
> email to confirm it's really you that registered.  After that, go
> to
> http://w5ami.net, scroll down and look on the left side where you
> can log
> in.  Once you have logged in, you will be able to vote in the Poll
> on the
> right side of the main page about "Paid Hams".  If it will not let
> you cast
> a vote, you either didn't get registered correctly, or you have not
> logged
> in.
> Please consider doing this regardless of your opinion.  I am trying
> to get
> the word spread to all the divisions of the ARRL, so the board can
> see what
> the regular hams really want.  Feel free to also spread the word.
> To register, go to this link and fill in the blanks:
> http://w5ami.net/index.php?option=com_user&task=register
> After you get the confirm email, go back to http://w5ami.net and log
> in at
> the lower left, then vote in the poll at the upper right of the
> page.
> Thanks very much and 73.
> Brian / wa5am, AMRadio Admin
> -- 
> Brian Sherrod, PA
> My website: "Arkansas Airwaves" - http://arkansasairwaves.net
> Email : ars.w5ami at gmail.com
> "The better I get to know some people, the more I find myself loving
> dogs."
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