FCC Rules prohibit the use of HAM Radio where the operator has a pecuniary interest. There have been a number of discussion on this subject recently as to how that affects the operation of our EOC’s and the personnel who man those stations. This document provides some interesting insight. The Commercialization of Amateur Radio: The Rules, The Risks, The Issues (1456 downloads)
Here are a few interesting excerpts:
If public safety is the principal beneficiary, then §97.1 is being fulfilled. If the entity itself and not the general public is the principal beneficiary, then they should be encouraged to use radio services other than Amateur Radio.
The FCC’s Rules do not prohibit the recreational use of Amateur Radio by employees at a station located in the workplace, including club stations.
It is a must read for anyone who plans to be involved in volunteer service using HAM radio. I highly recommend that all UCARES members take a few minutes and read through this to better understand the FCC and the ARRL’s standing on Part 97