I have purposely remained quiet since posting my video. I did that for two reason, the first was the shear number of responses, good, bad, crazy ect.. is overwhelming. The second is because this has caused such an uproar, I am getting additional information now from both the attorney for the repeater group and the State of CA. The state has reached out off the record through someone we all know and trust as a source. I can't give specific but an un named senior official told my source that my video has caused the state to elevate this issue to get resolved and to develop both an official response and a concrete policy regarding ham radio repeaters on state property.
Now for those that keep insisting this is about revenue and hams paying for rack space, my bitch isn't the fact that some repeater owners got a letter to remove equipment, rather they got this letter:
Now, I don't know if this lady drank too much AT&T FirstNet Koolaid or if she was just ignorant of what Ham Radio actually provide the public, but what she wrote is on it's face and until the state or Cal Fire officially over rides it The policy and opinion of the State, Full Stop. Any reasonable & prudent person receiving such letter from the government would believe it so. And because it hasn't been immediately felt with at the Cal Fire and OES level, People are still dealing with it.
Now had the State sent letters out to repeater owners stating something to the effect of: Dear Repeater owner, After an audit of our communications vault we discovered your private repeater is currently housed there. The State can no longer financially absorb the operation of private ham radio repeaters … that, if any affected repeater is in any way involved with local emergency or government support activity, they should ask that agency to engage with CAL FIRE concerning the repeater. If the agency makes the case, there is a good chance that the repeater will be unaffected. We wouldn't be having this discussion now.