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California Shutting Down Ham Radio Networks Despite Recent Wildfires, Blackouts


Added 10-11-19 01:42:03pm EST - “Claims emergency radio services are no longer a benefit” - Infowars.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Infowars.com: “California Shutting Down Ham Radio Networks Despite Recent Wildfires, Blackouts”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

California is trying to snuff out ham radio operators in the state by claiming their emergency services are no longer a benefit despite recent blackouts and the ongoing threat of wildfires.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) notified radio operators that they can no longer operate network repeaters, which make ham radios possible by extending their range, unless they pay significant rental fees for using public land.

“…With constantly changing technological advances, there is no longer the same [emergency] benefit to [the] state as previously provided,” reads the letter Cal Fire sent to operators. “Therefore, the department no longer financially supports ham operators, radios or tenancy.”

The department also apparently claims that to have an rental agreement in place, there’s a $2500 “technical analysis fee” and a “lease administration cost” which ranges from $3000-$5000.

Ironically, Cal Fire also sent a “Wildfire Action Plan” to residents which advises them to have a “communications plan.”

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