Your information is inaccurate on several counts.
Originally Posted by ND6M
Yes, you are supposed to be an active member of ARES in order to get an Amateur Call on an Emergency tag in Tennessee. County Clerks are SUPPOSED to verify your status when you submit the application (along with verifying your Amateur license...I've seen old CB call signs and MARS calls on Emergency tags which indicates the clerks aren't reading their own criteria)
Furthermore, the costs you cite vary by county based upon local wheel taxes or other fees. I pay less than $25.00/year for each car here in Franklin County. It was the same in Sequatchie County, but almost double that in Hamilton County (Chattanooga).
Don't forget there's a comment period for 60 meters as well.
Originally Posted by KE4SKY
This would be a good time to address the automatic antenna tuner issue, IMO.
Also, I can see where five channels is not enough.
ARRL comments ask for increase in power and additional modes.
Then may I respectfully suggest that you exercise your right to not read it and move on...?!?!
Originally Posted by WK5X
James, Ed's comments were a thinly veiled ad hominem attack. Unable to validate his opinions in fact or the letter of the law, he chose to try and 'shoot the messenger'.
Originally Posted by W9PSK
Vaya con Dios
no YOUR info is incorrect.
Originally Posted by K4YZ
the ONLY verification the local county clerks do is to verify you amateur license.
the state application form doesn't even mention ARES, RACES, MARS as a requirement. READ it.
did you even follow the link to the TN STATE DEPT of REVENUE site that CLEARLY states :
Amateur Radio - This plate is available to owners or lessees of passenger motor vehicles who are residents of the state of Tennessee and who hold an un-revoked and un-expired official amateur radio license issues by the FCC.
The application for Amateur Radio license plates must be supported with a copy of the FCC Amateur Radio license submitted to the Taxpayer & Vehicle Services Division."
notice that the above QUOTE and the APPLICATION form both do NOT require the amateur to belong to ANY group such as ARES, RACES, MARS (ect).
in TN the EMERGENCY amateur plate is NOT a "vanity" plate as defined by law. it is a "non-passenger" plate. the same as : Antique Auto, Dealer, Government Service, Rescue Squad, fire-fighter, semi-trailer, state Government, State Trooper, ect.
show me in writing where i am required by the state to belong to one of these groups. if you can, then i will return my TN EMERGENCY plate
Last edited by ND6M; 07-16-2010 at 02:55 PM.
ARES members get a reduced annual fee rate, but all amateurs apparently can get the plate.
-----> Take it to the system!
Originally Posted by ND6M
Too bad you don't actually live in Tennessee. You're depending on what you're reading on line and it's not what's current.
Secondly, and assuming your FCC Amateur license reflects your current domicile, you were required to surrender your Emergency tag upon moving out-of-state. According to the FCC, you live in Florida.
So...what the truth?
...Too bad you don't actually live in Tennessee. You're depending on what you're reading on line and it's not what's current...
i DO live in SAVANNAH,TN,
i DO have a TN DL,
i DO have a TN EMERGENCY plate,
any FCC mail sent to fl will be forwarded to TN.
some of us own more than one home
Yep, all the way back in 1935.
Originally Posted by W5HTW
You may rail against it, but as others have pointed out without other hams' willingness to step up and serve, we wouldn't have the frequencies for you to play radio. You should thank ARES/RACES hams.
Airplanes and Amateur Radio aided in the rescue and relief efforts for days after the flood with roads, bridges, railroads, and communication lines damaged.
Special plates, including amateur plates, serve a purpose to inform law enforcement officers of the nature of the activity of the occupant. CA, for instance, has special plates for doctors, press photographers, and amateur radio operators. Being waved through a road block or not being pulled over for excessive speed (if an area or regional disaster is in progress) are two important reasons the plates exist.
Originally Posted by K4YZ
The use of "emergency" means an immediate threat to life, safety and or the destruction of property exists. Authorized emergency vehicles are normally meant to be something unique. Including that operators of those vehicles are trained to drive at high speed, using approved lights and sirens, and be given the right of way by all other drivers when responding.
In Tennessee, apparently the word "emergency" means something else. If it does, then it makes TN the most "whacker-friendly" state in the union. If, truly, TN considers an amateur operator who belongs to ARRL's ARES, to RACES, or MARS worthy of legally donning the likes of sirens and light bars.
I'll be especially careful the next time I drive through Nashville and be on the lookout for any whacker-mobiles. The idea that any TN ham can have "authorized emergency vehicle" status is just plain nutso.
I do beg to disagree, there Steve, but Ed's use of the term seems to fit what you describe very well. In view of how your state interprets what is an authorized emergency vehicle. In TN, perhaps even your Jack Daniels folks can have those tags to help them get hooch shipped expediently.
.............The insertion of sleight's like "whackerism" only serve to add a bit of childishness and immaturity to otherwise germane comments. Leave them in the sandbox where they belong.