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Window Closes On July 15 for Volunteer Monitor Program Applications:

from The ARRL Letter on July 11, 2019
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Window Closes On July 15 for Volunteer Monitor Program Applications:

Monday, July 15, will be the last day that applications for the new Volunteer Monitor Program will be accepted. Some 250 applications have been submitted to fill approximately 150 Volunteer Monitor (VM) positions in the program, which is succeeding the Official Observer (OO) program. Retired FCC special counsel and former Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, is overseeing ARRL's role in the development and implementation of the program, and he has been interviewing all applicants. Those not selected as VMs will be placed in a reserve pool. Current OOs have been invited to apply for appointments.

Approved by the ARRL Board of Directors at its July 2018 meeting, the new Volunteer Monitor Program represents a formal agreement between the FCC and ARRL in which volunteers trained and vetted by ARRL will monitor the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used to correct misconduct, as well as to recognize exemplary on-air operation. ARRL will refer incidents of flagrant violations to the FCC for action, in accordance with FCC guidelines, and the FCC will give priority to enforcement cases developed by the Volunteer Monitor Program. The FCC proposed the program following the closures of several FCC regional offices and a reduction in field staff.

ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes the Volunteer Monitor Program as a replacement for the Official Observers.

The first Volunteer Monitors could be in place and ready to begin their duties by this fall.


The ARRL Letter

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by W1ITT on July 12, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I find it curious that the ARRL is allowed to require League membership of VMs. Inasmuch as the Amateur Auxiliary is so closely related to the FCC, a Federal agency, it would seem to have the government essentially requiring membership in a private organization in order to participate. Do Civil Air Patrol members have to belong to a particular club? Do Coast Guard Auxiliary members have to belong to a particular boating club?
I had an email exchange with Riley Hollingsworth regarding this matter last year. His reply seemed more lawyerly than informative.
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