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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

New US Emergency Communications Bill Includes Role for Hams:

Amateur Radio operators have been there to provide communications support in disasters for many many years. In some countries their role is supported in legislation and active protection for their operations is given at local government levels.

In the US a bill to enhance emergency communication at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) includes Amateur Radio operators as part of an overall effort to provide interoperability among responders.

Here in New Zealand we do not have the same levels of recognition and protection, and many local government plans seek to close down our operations by imposing unrealistic limitations on our antenna systems.

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