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Author Topic: Clarification of Laws  (Read 924 times)
KD0AFK
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« on: December 23, 2007, 09:14:14 AM »

I was reading the FCC rules the other day, (I can't remember the exact rule) and it said that it is against the law to operate a mobile ham unit while you are on the clock at your job. Does this mean that while I am driving my truck, I can't use my radio?
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W3LK
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2007, 11:25:06 AM »

There is no such rule anywhere in Part 97.

Company policy, maybe; FCC rule, Nope!

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K7UNZ
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2007, 01:55:56 PM »

What the law says is that you can not be compensated for operating an amateur station, unless you are a teacher operating it as part of an approved class curriculum.

Being "on the clock" at your job while operating is not against the law as long as you're not being paid to operate.  

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N0IU
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2007, 02:35:54 AM »

If this was true, I know a lot of truck drivers and couriers that would be in jail right now!

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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2007, 07:02:09 AM »

Yep, the rule is that you're not allowed to use  your radio to communicate job-related stuff... like taxis can't use 2m to communicate with their dispatchers.


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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2007, 04:47:48 PM »

The regulation is broad but is intended to protect other (paid, commercial) forms of 2-way communications and thus limit amateur communications to being strictly "amateur."

You can be on the air all day from work, as long as your communications remain amateur in nature, and that's defined (again, broadly) in Part 97.

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