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  1. K1LKP

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    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 14 ARLB014
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT April 17, 2019
    To all radio amateurs

    ARLB014 ARRL and FCC Sign Memorandum to Implement New Volunteer
    Monitor Program

    ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
    that paves the way to implement the new and enhanced Volunteer
    Monitor program. The memorandum establishes the Volunteer Monitors
    as a replacement for the Official Observers (OO) program. Current
    OOs have been encouraged to participate in the new program.

    "We are excited by the opportunity to codify our partnership with
    the FCC and to work together to achieve our mutual interests of
    protecting the integrity of our Amateur Radio bands," said ARRL
    President Rick Roderick, K5UR. "This Memorandum of Understanding
    will serve as the foundation for a new level of partnership on this
    very important issue."

    ARRL has contracted with retired FCC special counsel and former
    Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, to
    oversee the ARRL's role in the development and implementation of the
    Volunteer Monitor program.

    Approved by the ARRL Board of Directors at its July 2018 meeting,
    the new Volunteer Monitor program is a formal agreement between the
    FCC and ARRL in which volunteers trained and vetted by the ARRL will
    monitor the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used both to
    correct misconduct or recognize exemplary on-air operation. Cases of
    flagrant violations will be referred to the FCC by the ARRL for
    action in accordance with FCC guidelines.

    The intent of this program is to re-energize enforcement efforts in
    the Amateur Radio bands. It was proposed by the FCC in the wake of
    several FCC regional office closures and a reduction in field staff.

    "Under this program, the FCC will give enforcement priority to cases
    developed by the Volunteer Monitor program, without the delay of
    ARRL having to refer cases through the FCC online complaint
    process," Hollingsworth said.

    Hollingsworth has identified three phases to the program:
    Development, Solicitation and Training, and Implementation.

    * The Development phase will include drafting a mission statement,
    clearly defining the ARRL's and FCC's requirements and needs as part
    of the program, writing a job description for volunteer monitors,
    and developing a training manual for volunteers.

    * The Solicitation and Training phase will involve identifying the
    geographic locations where volunteer monitors will be most needed,
    soliciting applications and guidance from Section Managers in
    reviewing applicants. (Those currently volunteering as Official
    Observers are invited to apply for appointment as Volunteer

    * The Implementation phase will involve having the volunteers
    provide field reports to ARRL, with staff offering guidance to
    volunteers to ensure that the information collected meets
    requirements for FCC enforcement action.

    Hollingsworth has committed to FCC and ARRL officials to ensure the
    adequacy of training for the new positions, to review the quality
    and utility of Volunteer Monitor submissions to the FCC for
    enforcement actions, and to advocate for rapid disposition of cases
    appropriately submitted to the FCC.

    ARRL officials estimate that within 6 to 9 months the first
    Volunteer Monitors will be in place and ready to begin their duties.
  2. KM1H

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    With Riley back in the saddle be prepared to see some spectrum sweeping and trash removal!

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  3. N2EY

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    I sure hope this works.

    IMHO, the key factor is what FCC will actually do with information gathered by the VMs - and how quickly they will do it.

    We've seen cases drag on for years and years with no resolution. We've seen cases that were only "resolved" when the offender up and died.

    What we haven't seen are cases where an offender lost their licenses and equipment, and paid a big fine, all within a reasonable time.
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  4. K5VZD

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    I tried oo for a short time.. anything reported was a waste of my time and effort..
    Until fcc enforces the rules with vigor, nothing is going to change..
    I also feel the arrl is mostly to blame as they are more interested is "money" aka new members, as apposed to solving the situation.
    Case in point, I will no longer permit my grandkids in radio room if I'm on the air, especially tuning around on 75 meters.
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  5. N2EY

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    How could ARRL "solve the situation" if FCC doesn't "enforce the rules with vigor"?

    What, exactly, do you think ARRL should do, that they haven't done?
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  6. K5VZD

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    anyone with common sense can just listen to 75 ssb, and if you can't see anything wrong, you are part of the problem..
    I thought they were supposed to represent the hams in the us. the biggest mistake I feel was them wanting the fcc to let us "self police" the ham bands...or at least agreeing to it..
    One of my local hams,, a cop,by the way, who seldom id's and then doesn't do it properly, says to me " what the heck,, nobody cares", when I confronted him about it.
    Last edited: May 3, 2019
  7. ND6M

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    Are you saying he is going to get rid of the QRM causing Winlinkbots?
  8. W4KVW

    W4KVW Ham Member QRZ Page

    The FCC is a Toothless Lion. We have had Deer Hunters on 2 meters here in North Florida for over a dozen years & they have even gotten on our local 2 meter repeater & reports the the FCC have brought ZERO results. They have no money & no man power so why tell them anything when they will do nothing. We even identified a large group,where they were hunting,& what frequencies they were using along with tag numbers of the vehicles & more & still NOTHING from the Toothless Lion. It's just another waste of time & effort & a public ploy so that people who don't know any better think they are still breathing at the FCC when they have long been DEAD. This story must be for pure Comedy because the DEAD don't bother anyone or anything.

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  9. N2SUB

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    Now that every VM report will go to the FCC, will VMs concentrate on reporting jammers, pirates, and general misuse of the spectrum, or will the VMs be reporting key-clicks, chirps and hums on a signal....technical, equipment the FCC? There is a potential to make amateur operators look bad in the eyes of the FCC. Some component of the OO program should be maintained for reports that are not related to a rules violation. That was the original spirit of the self-policing OO program, but we seem to have forgotten how to help each other along the way.
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  10. KF4ZGZ

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    As long as they work on the garbage and not send OO reports because you have a "chirpy cw signal".
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