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Passing commercial traffic

From Weavers Words (2008-04-28):


"Is it legal, and if so when, to handle business traffic during emergencies?"

This is a frequent question by amateurs. The question partly comes about as a result of changes made by FCC in Part 97 in December 2006.  The changes dropped reference to Emergency Communications Declarations (ECD) by the FCC. The result of this change is that the FCC no longer declares when an emergency exists and, therefore, when amateurs may deviate from FCC Amateur Radio rules to protect the public.

The bottom line is that other clauses in Part 97 allow amateurs to deviate from standard Amateur Radio practices when legitimate emergencies warrant such actions. Provided the purpose of businesslike communication is to protect life and property during an emergency, hams should have no fear of being threatened with enforcement action.



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