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Author Topic: FCC Rules  (Read 1315 times)
K0KAD
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« on: January 25, 2012, 02:43:39 PM »

Scenario 1:
I have some questions about what may be considered "pecuniary interest" for a ham operator.  Our local county fair usually allows free entry for ham operators who participate in booths for missing or lost children.  This to me seem like a pecuniary interest?  If however we were required to exit the park after such a shift is over then pay normal rates to enjoy the festivities then I would believe that it would be allowed.  Does anyone have any thoughts on this type of communication?

Scenario 2:
Every year a large group of people who have problems with chemical dependency who are seeking to better their life participate in a huge camping trip over 40 miles from any cellular reception.  Some of these people have to call in every day to see if they have to drug test to continue to prove their clean time and sobriety requirements.  Would it be a violation for a ham in town to call and see which numbers test that day and then tell a licensed operator at camp what those group numbers are?  No money is to be made either!  I would think this would be allowed only if neither of the ham operators were employees of the state or test lab.  None of the testing folks have to fork out money etc.  Does anyone have any thoughts on this one?
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W7ETA
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012, 03:48:54 PM »

Feel free to participate in search and rescue.

Cell phones are great for number 2.

73
Bob
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K0KAD
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2012, 04:06:03 PM »

The only problem with 2 is that it is a 38 mile drive to the gas station where you can make a call using a payphone and about 50 miles to cell range.  Thank you so much for the reply!!!
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K9AIM
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2012, 07:27:42 PM »

I hope others with more expertise weigh in, but it seems to me that if you have no pecuniary interest -- meaning you are not trying to sell or promote a product or service for personal profit -- and you are not using ham radio to perform or fulfill your duties as an employee of a company you should be fine.  I would think both 1 and 2 are okay.  40 miles from cell service.  sounds like a good place  Smiley
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KI4SDY
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 06:23:29 AM »

The answer would be No to both. However, if the list of drug tests is long, it may irritate the repeater owner and other users. If so, I would ask permission!  Wink
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