Hands-Free in California ?

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  1. AG6RF

    AG6RF Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    So what's the hands-free situation now in California?
    Is ham radio exempt? Or do I have to run VOX all the time now?

    And, altho I wouldn't try it ever, is sending morse with a mini-key strapped to your leg while driving considered TEXTING?

    (I've heard that there are crazy fools out there who do CW while driving. )
  2. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I used to drive the 405 freeway and do CW AND use a stick shift!
  3. K0BG

    K0BG Ham Member QRZ Page

    The unfortunate truth is, handsfree is becoming a way of life in too many states, and not all exempt amateur radio. It is difficult to comply in some areas because headsets, even single cup ones, are illegal. I guess we'll all become scofflaws!
  4. KE6KA

    KE6KA Ham Member QRZ Page

  5. W2JKT

    W2JKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    True. Look at the section after that, though:

    Electronic Wireless Communications Device: Prohibited


    (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle

    while using an electronic wireless communications device to

    write, send, or read a text#based communication, unless the

    electronic wireless communications device is specifically

    designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-

    free operation to dictate, send, or listen to a text#based

    communication, and it is used in that manner while driving.

    This section could be used to argue that APRS is illegal in CA. I don't know of any beacons that fall into the exemption category of being specifically designed to be both voice operated and hands free, and that assemble and send the APRS packet based on the driver's voice command.
  6. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hands free?

    What did they used to cost?

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
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