That's news to me. What if an operator doesn't meet code minimum? Do they get kicked out of the ARRL? I think you meant the above, which I agree with 100%. Although that is possible, I have never heard of that happening. Many NEC violations cause fires that the insurance companies pay for every day. In fact, I'll bet that most electrical fires are a result of an NEC violation. If the insurance companies only had to pay on NEC compliant claims, they would have almost nothing to pay out. Another point of issue is that the NEC is only applicable where adopted by law. It is not a law on it's own accord. Although most jurisdictions adopt the NEC in full or in part, there are some that do not, mostly rural areas with low population density. Too many people (not you, Dereck) think that the NEC is: The law for the entire country. A design specification. An instruction manual for untrained persons. It is none of the above.