20 May

This whole migration, orchestrated by ARRL, to marry ARES, RACES and all EMCOM teamed with  and integrated into Homeland Security via local Fire Departments and Red Cross is going to end badly. Things are just too cozy IMHO. Locally I watch as Fire Department professionals all secure licenses and then work to ouster real Amateurs and take over the repeaters formerly used for Storm Watch. This morning my friend who works to administer Ham Radio exams told me he just sent into ARRL, processed applications for 28 persons passing the exam over the weekend; all of which were uniformed National Guardsmen. This “infiltration” has been going on for at least two years. First I attributed it to “the pros” usurping post 911 dollars in appropriations for empire building within local Fire Departments and Sheriffs offices and Police Departments. I don’t believe that so much any more. Now it is becoming a more broad based initiative.

One day we may all wake up and find our frequencies all allocated to Homeland Security.

One thing is very certain. You can license a civil servant but they will never become true communicators. They are in it for the money. HINO’s. Hams In Name Only.

Thanks for reading my Blog. Best, Chas W5PG


Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Radio, Stuff


2 responses to “HINO?

  1. Julian

    May 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I thought this would happen. I have nothing against amateurs using their experience and equipment to assist with communications during emergencies. But the ARRL has promoted amateur radio specifically as a volunteer emergency service and actively encouraged people to become licensed amateurs solely for that purpose. They seem to fear that you could lose the bands altogether unless ham radio is seen to be socially useful. But is that really likely (the amateur bands are allocated by international agreement?) Perhaps they are just doing it for the membership numbers. As you say, these people will have no interest in pursuing traditional amateur activities and may regard them as of no importance which does not bode well for the future.

    I thought hard about renewing my ARRL subscription because of its stance on this issue and the increasing amount of QST devoted to emcomms topics. I doubt that I’ll renew it next time.

  2. Dick

    May 22, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Good, thoughtful blog. I can add nothing but say I agree with you entirely. We are our own worst enemy in many ways. Just a matter of time before the FCC comes to the conclusion we are all uncouth Yahoos, undeserving of our radio spectrum.



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