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Saturday, May 21, 2016

County, Ham Radio Operators Hash out Rules for Emergency Situations

This is an interesting article about the Wichita County Hams working out how they will handle their emergency weather nets. The wording in this write up is a little ambiguous but they have decided to have "controlled nets" rather than "closed nets. However, later in the article they explain that 

"if  unofficial storm chasers are disrupting official business, then law enforcement can be called in to deal with the situation."

I'm not sure what form of disrupting traffic they are experiencing, but that sounds a lot like a closed net. I imagine that some people get annoyed with rain reports from hams that are miles away from a tornado, but discouraging reports seem to be a fast path to discouraging people. Locally, we can use all the help we can get. Judging from the wording of the policy, they have a need as well.

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