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California declares Ham Radio no longer a benefit, severs ties across the state

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I found this on facebook. This video is kind of long and the guy rambles a bit, but the topic is shocking! The State of California is doing away with all HAM communications!

 

 

PLEASE Share this video!! The California state government through an unelected official has severed ties to ham radio repeater owners throughout the state. putting countless lives in danger in rural California when the next Camp Fire ignites. We The people need to write letters and call our state government and bitch loudly about this one. Read the letter here: http://www.shastadefense.com/FAX-CalF... E-Mail: Lorina.Pisi@fire.ca.gov Telephone: 916-327-8492 Fax: 916-324-3400 Governor Gavin Newsom Mailing address: Governor Gavin Newsom 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160
 

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i saw this too - but also saw a lot of people saying they couldn't find anything to confirm it was real

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I didn't have time to research it, and figured Kalifornia was being dumb again. Weird if it's a false story though, why would you make up something like that? 

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Research?

Nothing left coast specific, however:

 

New FCC Rules https://www.wildsnow.com/23649/new-fcc-rules-frs-gmrs-radios/

FCC Fact Sheet https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-344617A1.pdf 

Check this one out Virg. Virgil?! You got a copy out there old buddy.. what's your 20? https://www.kb6nu.com/no-wonder-arrl-membership-falling/

 

Feels like the newer style higher wattage radios available today https://www.ruggedradios.com/ will eventually take over HAM but i don't even know what FRS or GMRS means.

 

Rugged Radios boasts up to 20-30 miles of range plus all channels are licensed so people like me wouldn't have to study 423 questions or sign up and go sit at someone's house to take a test.

 

 

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IMO, Rugged Radios is full of intentionally misleading info at best.

 

there are some great alternatives to CB besides amateur radio (ham), including GMRS and MURS - GMRS does still require a license, but no test.

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"Section Manager Carol, Milazzo, KP4MD, contacted Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, Pacific Division Director of the ARRL and he replied:

…This issue arose in Socal 5 to 10 years ago. They have been able to address the issue as follows:
Overall -

The State of California has not made any determination we can find "that Ham Radio [is] no longer a benefit."What happened is that CAL FIRE has transferred responsibility for its communications sites to its property management department. That department has the task of evaluating each site, its condition, use and tenants. If a repeater not known to be associated with the emergency management function of a local jurisdiction is found in a CAL FIRE vault, the default action is to move it out or subject it to commercial rental rates.

Our contact in the California Office of Emergency Services suggests that, if any affected repeater is in any way involved with local emergency or government support activity, they should ask that agency to engage with CAL FIRE concerning the repeater. If the agency makes the case, there is a good chance that the repeater will be unaffected.

Their advice is not to elevate this to State Legislators or the Governor's office. In Southern California, wherein sites managed by the U.S. Forest Service have required repeater owners to post bonds to cover the dismantling of their sites if they cease operation. Negotiation has resulted in considerable easing of the original requirements and a modification of terms to help mitigate the short-term financial impact on those repeater owners"

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"Heads-up related to a California/ham radio video we do not need to have shared here... or anywhere for that matter...

There is a "viral video" going around proclaiming and asserting that "California declares ham radio no longer a benefit..."

That click bait, the content of the presentation, and the original situation prompting this video range from deceptive to false. Actually unbecoming amateur radio.

The original situation is over a repeater system not authorized to be in the State-owned radio site where it is/was. The State agency had no reason to fund the repeater site costs and suggested the individual make proper application and submit fees to be approved to stay at the site.

(EVERY radio in a State site must go through this process - from law enforcement to fire service to road maintenance to business to hams - someone/everyone has to pay.)

This story first came out via a private website encouraging everyone to call their representatives in hope of getting the issue turned in favor of the repeater owner. That content is also not completely honest or respectful to amateur radio or the agency involved.

There is more fact behind the story neither source above care to present. I've been in contact with people familiar with such issues at state, county and private levels in addition to my own experience in this realm.

As with good Elmering, the general good of amateur radio is best served by open, honest, objective, rational discourse, discovery and sharing - not 'reactions.'

That said - amateur radio is NOT dead in California, "the State" is NOT trying to kill it off, no one in any agency with a relationship to ham radio is against it. Simply, tax payer dollars are just not available to pay for everyone's/anyone's repeater site. That is all.

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Shared by Dan Tomlinson on the LAFD ACS Facebook page."

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