ARRL/FCC Volunteer Monitoring

program is slated to begin next month. This program is to take the place of the expiring Official Observer program. The ARRL and the FCC have been working on this program for the past 2 years in preparation for this transition. The VM program administrator will be K4ZDH Riley Hollingsworth, former special counsel for amateur radio enforcement with the FCC.

Hopefully the problems on 7.200mHz (and a few other frequencies) will begin to be dealt with in a decisive meaningful manner. It is my opinion, and the opinion of others I have spoken with, Ms Laura Smith has failed to serve the amateur community dealing with the handful of misfits that occupy several frequencies in the amateur radio spectrum.


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2 thoughts on “ARRL/FCC Volunteer Monitoring”

  1. I only hope the FCC will do their part in honoring their new agreement with the ARRL because they haven’t done so as far as much needed enforcement since Laura Smith received the appointment as Special Councel for Amateur Radio Rule Enforcement. When it comes to USGS§47CFR Part 97 U.S. Amateur Radio Service Rules & Regulations enforcement she has been about as useful as teats on a bore hog! I served a decade as a ARRL Official Observer until I submitted my resignation on January 2, 2018 and I credit Laura Smith’s inactivity with me making that decision. When she emailed me and stated that if I sent an Advisory Notice to someone, if they deny it the case is closed as far as she was concerned, nevermind the countless monitoring hours I spent or the audio recordings I had submitted to her of operators guilty of intentional and malicious interference to others. I figured if that was the way she felt about it I was only wasting my time so I resigned. If she continues to hold that opinion then the new Volunteer Monitor program won’t help one bit! I only hope that the ARRL and the new Volunteer Monitors aren’t wasting their time as well! Just this ham’s opinion on the subject.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree. I too have been very disappointed with her lack of performance, which IMO has lead us down the path to where we are today. Hopefully it’s not too late to right this ship, with a new Captain at the helm.


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