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