It is always something I enjoy, receiving and reading the newspaper “World Radio” publication.
Never fail to find something of interest in it.
One column that has left me puzzled though, is John johnston W3BE’s “Rules & Regs.”
So often the opinions offered in that column are completely at odds with the interpretations of the FCC, ARRL, OOs and about every amateur out there.
The May 2008 issue offers a rash of opinions – mind you “opinions” – on Control Operators, Club Stations, Field Day Stations and the like which are skewed enough, whether exploring special cases or full of logical fallacies based on unstated conditions assumed, as to be impossible to use as a guide.
The motives of creating such confusion or misrepresenting a very narrowly held ultra-restrictive view of FCC rules as broadly accepted FCC practice is most likely an editorial decision we will never really get an insight into.
But the questions covered are serious, deserving accurate interpretation & guidelines.
The ARRL has a great summary FAQ on the Control Operator question:
The ARRL expands on a whole group of common FCC questions at:
Topics covered include:
So there is no need to worry about what a single individual reinterprets the FCC rules as, when you have access to the actual FCC rules and “plain text” from the ARRL to guide you.