National Emergency + Preppers + Baofengs = ?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WE4B, Mar 16, 2020.

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  1. WE4B

    WE4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I’ve read some reports that on some prepper forums that some preppers are saying since we have a declared National Emergency that they can use their Baofengs to TX wherever they would like to do so.

    I’m not a lawyer but that just seems silly and not within the spirit of the law.

    Thoughts? Opinions?
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  2. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Reports? Huh?
  3. N1FM

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    AM/FM Commercial and Educational Broadcast Stations can get special temp authority by filing an app.

    Unlicensed ops on x freq's aren't legal unless the operator is acting to prevent immediate danger to life or property.

    On the other hand, the FCC isn't going to be patrolling for violators.

    Not promoting illegality; just stating the obvious, per FCC notifications about their current operational status.

    FCC Facilities: The FCC does not allow visitors into its facilities, absent special permission from the Office of Managing Director. No visitor will be granted such permission unless there is a clear operational necessity. This measure will remain in effect for the foreseeable future and is being taken to help protect the health and safety of our employees and mitigate or slow the transmission of COVID-19 within the community.

    FCC Employees: As a further step to practice greater social distancing and minimize congregating at the workplace and on mass transit, the FCC has advised employees that unless it is absolutely necessary for them to work from the office because they cannot otherwise accomplish their work, they should telework until further notice. We took these steps while continuing to conduct the regular and ongoing work of the FCC. The FCC has also suspended until further notice non-critical FCC domestic and international travel. In addition, the Commission suspended until further notice any agency involvement in non-critical large gatherings. The Chairman's Office, in consultation with the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, the Office of Managing Director, and Office of General Counsel, will continue to monitor COVID-19-related developments and will implement additional precautions (or relax current precautions) should circumstances warrant.

    Apparently they're acknowledging the fact that they aren't equipped to do anything but act as a bureaucracy and in an emergency their best place is in the home.
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  4. KC0YEJ

    KC0YEJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wouldn't expect enforcement short of interrupting actual health, safety or law enforcement communications. Still not legal unless they are in imminent danger.
    W8MLC, K4AGO, K0UO and 1 other person like this.
  5. K0UO

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    Are they in imminent danger?

    Or imminent stupidity?
    KG4DYN, KB2SMS, KQ9J and 9 others like this.
  6. KC0YEJ

    KC0YEJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Often, the two are interchangeable!
    KE0GXN, K0UO and (deleted member) like this.
  7. N8AFT

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    "National Emergency" Now there's a big GO signal for every whacker and prepper nut case out there to go to extremes.
    Saddly, some people have been waiting, possibly drooling, for a major national calamity for decades to give them justification
    and validation for their years of toil, planning and preperation.
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  8. KG5THG

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    I bet if we do a foxhunt on the preppers, we'll find a lot of toilet paper! Hmmm... May need to give this some serious thought.
    N0NB, WQ4G, K4PIH and 4 others like this.
  9. N8AFT

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    How about omnipotent stupidity...
    Just wait for someone to open fire on their next door neighbor who's in need, it's sure to happen if it gets too bad.
  10. W8AAZ

    W8AAZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yea but preppers got more than TP, probably, in case you want to test your luck!

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