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    FCC Okays Employee Participation in Emergency Drills Moving with unaccustomed speed, the FCC adopted a Report and Order on July 14, allowing hams who are
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    FCC Okays Employee Participation in Emergency Drills

    Moving with unaccustomed speed, the FCC adopted a Report and Order on July
    14, allowing hams who are employed by both government agencies and
    non-government agencies such as hospitals, to participate in emergency and
    disaster drills on behalf of their employers. The ruling was based on a
    Notice of Proposed Rule Making, WP-10-72, issued this past March, in
    response to petitions arising from a strict interpretation by the FCC's
    Enforcement Bureau of the prohibition on amateurs communicating on behalf of
    their employers. The decision came just more than a month after the reply
    comment deadline.

    The ruling added a new paragraph to Section 97.113(a)(3) of the FCC rules,
    which reads as follows:

    (i) A station licensee or control station operator may participate on behalf
    of an employer in an
    emergency preparedness or disaster readiness test or drill, limited to the
    duration and scope of such test or
    drill, and operational testing immediately prior to such test or drill.
    Tests or drills that are not
    government-sponsored are limited to a total time of one hour per week;
    except that no more than twice in
    any calendar year, they may be conducted for a period not to exceed 72
    hours.

    There is no specific effective date given in the Report and Order, so it
    will presumably become effective upon publication in the Federal Register.
    The complete text of the report and order may be accessed online at <
    <http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2010/db0714/FCC-10-124A1.p
    df>
    http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2010/db0714/FCC-10-124A1.pd
    f >.



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