FCC Seeks Comments for Blanket Waiver to Allow Amateur Radio in Hospital Emergency Dr

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WB9QZB, Mar 5, 2010.

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  1. WB9QZB

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  2. KY5U

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    Suggest you comment against this request. I have.
  3. KQ4D

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    My comments against this have been filed. The amateur service is not for such use.
  4. K7ZZY

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    Agencies should make accommodations to comply with the existing rule.
  5. KB1NXE

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  6. KD6GNB

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    May I ask why we should comment against this?
  7. W0VYE

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    Because this sort of use makes it much more difficult to legally defend amateur frequency allocations against those commercial interests who want pieces of them. These interests include medical device manufacturers, and others. As a related aside, please note that a nonprofit corporation is still a commercial interest. "Nonprofit" simply means its tax-exempt.

    The communications needs of commercial interests should be met by commercial regulations, using commercial frequency allocations. If you work for a hospital, and they tell you to go get a tech license and pick up a hand-held, this is no longer an amateur or "hobby" use of the service. 73
  8. KJ4BIX

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    I'm interested in why we should be against this as well. It is a "drill" style exercise, do you think it would be better to not test the communications with hospitals? I don't have a conflict of interest because I don't participate in such exercises, I just really don't see why we would be against it. Hate to agree with the slogan but "When all else fails..." which doesn't mean no need to prepare because everything will be perfect.

    I don't see this any differently than 14.300 being virtually dedicated to the maritime net.
  9. W0VYE

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    There is no such thing as a "virtually dedicated" frequency. The maritime net has no more claim to 14.300 than any other ham does. I think most of us recognize the value of that net and are willing to QSY for them, but that's not dedicated, virtually or otherwise.

    Hams have a long tradition of public service, and I'm all for it. But whether any of us participate is entirely up to us as individuals. And except in the case of an immediate threat to life, "emergency" communications such as health & welfare traffic have no special privilage to claim a frequency. Not to pick on them, but for example, the SATERN net can ask for our consideration or a QSY, but we are not obligated to do anything special for them.

    This is a hobby. Amateur means amateur. If your employer tells you to do it, that's not amateur.

    The American Hospital Association is a business organization. Every hospital it represents is a business--a commercial interest--whether it's a registered nonprofit or not. If hospitals need 2-way radio communications, they should get it the same way every other business does. And does anyone seriously believe these people are short of money?

    If state, county, or local governments, or agencies, need to bolster their comm capabilites to cope with possible emergencies, then that's what they should do, using their own resources. That, too, is not "amateur" activity.

    IMO, a lot of well-intentioned people are on a misguided crusade to "semi-professionalize" amateur radio. Big mistake! They're being taken advantage of by all sorts of commercial and government interests who want something for nothing, and they put the basis of our amateur allocations at risk. People who want to be professional radio operators or first responders should go do that, but not on amateur frequencies or under the guise of the amatuer service.

  10. KE4IKY

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    No dog in this BUT....

    I'm more concerned with the idea of some guy waking up in the morning and saying "good day to conduct a drill of our back-up to back-up communications system". Is there any planning that goes on with these things... If there is, maybe requesting a waiver should be part of the planning.
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