Right On!! This guy isn't the 'bad guy'...he's trying to SAVE LIVES.
The FCC rules state than you can use "any means neccessary" to communicate in an emergency.
Listening for a 'stand down' violates no rules.
Should the FCC take me to task for my use of a radio to save a life...so be it. I'll worry about that after the victim is out of danger.
Help me with my thinking...these detractors would let an accident victim DIE rather than break a rule?
To the first 2 responders to this thread: you should really consider the impact your curtness has on people like this volunteer. With the movement to recruit new blood into the ametuer ranks, you sure make a new person feel welcome.
To the original poster: Talk to some local hams. The ham community is a great bunch of folks with very few exceptions. There are avenues open to you which provide for your stated goals. Stay safe.
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