Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Post by RoyGBiv » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:49 am

Flightmare wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:42 am
https://w5wx.net/2018/12/28/texas-legislature-sb43/

Couldn't find a better post to put this under. Looks like Senator Zaffirini has filed a bill that would change the "texting while driving" law to outlaw ham radio operation while the vehicle is in motion. This would definitely affect Skywarn storm spotters/chasers.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll share with our local teams as well as the folks at National Weather Service in FTW.

ETA: I wonder whether Skywarn/RACES would fall under the "authorized emergency... vehicle" exemption.
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Post by DXer » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:28 am

Thank you for this. You can bet it is going to be shared. This is a truly stupid idea.


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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Post by mojohn » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:33 am

Thanks for the head's up. I'm sharing with my ARES members.

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Post by oohrah » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:04 am

As I read the proposed bill, it is a defense to prosecution if one used a hands free device, and in the bill it defines a hands free device as including a push-to-talk function. Since almost all mobile vhf/uhf ham radios art PTT, we are not really affected.

However, this is an onerous bill which could have far-reaching unintended consequences. I am writing my Senator.
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Post by bblhd672 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:21 am

Why do Demonrats have to meddle in everything and why do they hate freedom so much?
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Post by NotRPB » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:03 pm

oohrah wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:04 am
As I read the proposed bill, it is a defense to prosecution if one used a hands free device, and in the bill it defines a hands free device as including a push-to-talk function. Since almost all mobile vhf/uhf ham radios art PTT, we are not really affected.

However, this is an onerous bill which could have far-reaching unintended consequences. I am writing my Senator.
.. a handsfree PTT foot switch fits that description ... :confused5

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Post by KC5AV » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:07 pm

2farnorth wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:15 am
Flightmare wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:42 am
https://w5wx.net/2018/12/28/texas-legislature-sb43/

Couldn't find a better post to put this under. Looks like Senator Zaffirini has filed a bill that would change the "texting while driving" law to outlaw ham radio operation while the vehicle is in motion. This would definitely affect Skywarn storm spotters/chasers.
This bill is aimed specifically at federally licensed operators. Striking out the current exemption the way I read it. Why? What has she got against us? Another democrat that wants to control every aspect of her subjects lives.
All radio dispatched non emergency services would be affected, Truckers underway with their CBs would be affected also. i don't like much of what I hear on a CB, but it does serve a good purpose.
I can see truck drivers across the start engaging in some malicious compliance, and stopping in the middle of the road every time they key the mic. Enforcement of this law would quickly come to a halt.
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Post by MustangGlocker » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:44 pm

RoyGBiv wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:49 am
Flightmare wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:42 am
https://w5wx.net/2018/12/28/texas-legislature-sb43/

Couldn't find a better post to put this under. Looks like Senator Zaffirini has filed a bill that would change the "texting while driving" law to outlaw ham radio operation while the vehicle is in motion. This would definitely affect Skywarn storm spotters/chasers.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll share with our local teams as well as the folks at National Weather Service in FTW.

ETA: I wonder whether Skywarn/RACES would fall under the "authorized emergency... vehicle" exemption.

Hey Roy. I'm a member of the NWS radio desk team. I have a meeting with them tomorrow and can also bring this up with the team.

Thanks
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Post by RoyGBiv » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:00 am

MustangGlocker wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:44 pm
RoyGBiv wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:49 am
Flightmare wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:42 am
https://w5wx.net/2018/12/28/texas-legislature-sb43/

Couldn't find a better post to put this under. Looks like Senator Zaffirini has filed a bill that would change the "texting while driving" law to outlaw ham radio operation while the vehicle is in motion. This would definitely affect Skywarn storm spotters/chasers.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll share with our local teams as well as the folks at National Weather Service in FTW.

ETA: I wonder whether Skywarn/RACES would fall under the "authorized emergency... vehicle" exemption.
Hey Roy. I'm a member of the NWS radio desk team. I have a meeting with them tomorrow and can also bring this up with the team.

Thanks
Excellent!

I passed it on to my contact at the weather service yesterday.

I don't see this bill passing into law, but my crystal ball is pawn shop quality. Best to be vigilant.

Thanks.
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