FCC Issues Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Government Disaster Drills and Amateur Radio (Mar 25, 2010)
From the ARRL website:
” On March 24, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) proposing to amend the Commission’s Amateur Radio Service rules “with respect to Amateur Radio operations during government-sponsored emergency preparedness and disaster readiness drills and tests.” While current rules provide for Amateur Radio use during emergencies, the rules prohibit communications where the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer. In October 2009, the FCC released a Public Notice clarifying the Commission’s rules relating to the use of Amateur Radio by licensed amateurs participating in drills and exercises on behalf of their employers. To date, the FCC has granted several dozen waivers under this new policy.”
You can read the entire article here: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2010/03/25/11405/?nc=1
I know a lot of other Ham’s are concerned that we would be going down a slippery slope here. I understand those fears, but Emergency Communications is one of the big draws for the Amateur Radio service right now. I know in the past innovation and experimentation was big also. EC seems to have taken the lead right now.
Which brings me to this question. What new innovations has the Amateur Radio service contributed lately for general public use? I don’t mean that in a negative way, I am serious. I know there are many, but it would be nice if we had a list we could point to when we try to recruit new members.
Let me know, I will post them here for reference.