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.
My amateur radios and reloading equipment share the same room in my home. Can get rather noisy here at times. The solution was the Behringer Shark FBQ100 noise gate. Once adjusted per the manual instructions, this device eliminates the sounds generated by the reloading gear, allowing flawless VOX operation.
items included with all new amateur radio products is the owners manual. You would be surprised on how many amateurs have never even read the manual, cover to cover. However you can quickly discover who these amateurs are, when they are on air operating their equipment.