toggle quoted message. . .
My recollection is that there have been a number of discussions over
the years on the "use any means" clause in the regulations...
Arguably everything such agencies do is an emergency, but I don't
believe that gives them cart-blanche to use ham on an on-going
basis. Note also that this is specifically not a governmental
agency, as they describe it. It's a 503C non-profit. The site also
lists a ham radio license as beneficial but not required. Does not
Perhaps a good question for follow-up with folks who really deal
with this sort of regulatory stuff... I'm not an authority in any
regard on this.
Alan Thompson - W6LAN wrote:
If it's Disaster Recovery, and Government Agencies are
involved, maybe they can supersede customary FCC Comm ID rules
due local emergency conditions. Seems like I remember a question
in one of the license exams on this.
I wrote to two contacts I found on the sites to thank them, and
to ask for more information on how this effort was supported,
eg, who supplied the radios, etc..
Alan - W6LAN
On 11/22/2018 11:45 PM, Greg D wrote:
Interesting organization, but I don't think it makes them exempt
from needing to identify with valid amateur radio call signs if
they are using amateur radio frequencies...
I wondered about that, too, and thought at first I'd
mis-programmed my radio for a gov frequency instead of a
Repeater in the Ham bands. More about that Repeater, and the
people behind it:
Butte County Sheriff's
1670 Albion Ct
Chico, CA 95973
County Sheriff's Communications Reserve is an
all-volunteer auxiliary of the Sheriffs Office. The team
serves as Butte County's Auxiliary Communications unit
and is available for deployment 24/7 to any agency who
makes the request. The team maintains a repeater
system on 145.290- tone 110.9 along with several APRS
digipeaters and Igate.
More information, including pictures of its
communications truck and HF station at the Sheriff's
dispatch center can be seen at the website http://www.buttescr.org
The Butte County Sheriff’s
Communication Reserve (BCSCR) is a 15 member,
all-volunteer auxiliary unit of the Butte County Sheriff
Department. Comm Reserve serves the Sheriff’s Office,
allied agencies, select NGOs and the greater North
Sacramento Valley region.
Comm Reserve is an on-demand team of
communications professionals. BCSCR members set up
tactical repeaters and IP infrastructure, program /
keyload subscribers, maintain repeater sites and draft
incident communications plans. The unit also performs
select C2 functions.
BCSCR is a self-financing,
not-for-profit and registered 501(c)(3) organization.
All donations are tax deductible. More about donations here.
Alan - W6LAN