</span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (KD5KUF @ Aug. 20 2002,14:20)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">. . . But, we are answerable to the official observer system, the frequency coordination system and section management system of our national member sponsored organization, the ARRL. They in turn, like noncom officers to commissioned officers, are responsible to the FCC. We are allowed to govern ourselves in pretty broad terms within the rules, by a duly member elected official structure in the League, (If you are not a member, don't criticize the job they do for all of us, equally). If a problem is too big for the league to handle within their limited authority, it is taken to a higher power, the FCC, whose officers work under their own chain of command. I commend the FCC and its officers, for the fact that they don't want to administer to us any more than absolutely necessary, and tend to ignore fairly trivial complaints that should be dealt with by ARRL officials, probably on the local OO level. But if you are a real problem on a large scale, the higher command structure, in the person of Riley Hollingsworth and his people, will make you wish you had walked the straight and narrow path. Overall I think it is a fine service to be in for those who really want to be "hams" at any level. [/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'> ummmmm . . . you answer to the OO system and ARRL? I guess I need a new copy of Part 97. And you say minor problems should be dealt with by the ARRL? And we are allowed to govern ourselves by the official structure of ARRL??? WOW, holy begeebers, when did this change? Last I looked, we weren't accountable to them. I guess I should keep up with rule changes, huh? But in 28 years of hamming, I always thought we were accountable to FCC. Amazing what I learn here. Ok, enough of that silliness. KD5KUF, do yourself a favour and call your beloved ARRL and order yourself a copy of Part 97. Read it. Read it carefully. And stop believing all you read from Newington. Here's the real deal. ARRL is a radio club. Just like the one that might meet in the library in your town. They enforce NOTHING. We are accountable to them for NOTHING. They make no rules, they enforce no rules, they are NOTHING official. What they are is a radio club that has been selected by the FCC to be the big suggester. ARRL talks, FCC listens much of the time. And that's good for those who hang on every word from Newington. It's not always so good for those of us who don't agree with Newington. But that's life. Once FCC makes something a rule, we are then required to follow it. ARRL doesn't make the rules, and they darn sure don't enforce them. The day ARRL arrives at your house to enforce something, call the cops - quick.