Another in the Thinking Ahead series started with https://k9zw.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/im-a-ham-or-am-i/
It has been a while since I continued this series, but current affairs seem to make it worth exploring again. Suggest that the reader check out at least some of the initial batch of posts in the “Think Ahead” series.
In previous posts I discussed about “lists.”
Here I’d like to explore what are White, Black and Gray Lists, how you might find yourself on one or more, and what it might mean to you as an amateur radio operator.
Recap, what are lists? While taught doctrine uses “White, Black and Gray” as labels more exact labels would be “Good Guys,” “Bad Guys,” and the “Unknowns. Before anyone gets uptight about the taught labels, the were drawn from popular use in Western Movies and Books.
Who maintains the lists? The lists are arbitrary creations by the users. They create the criteria and place people into their lists. This means that while you might be “White Listed” for one agency, an agency that doesn’t know you will likely put you into a “Gray List.”
Who can see the lists? They are seldom published, with the exception of public listings that declare a label (“Domestic Terrorist” is one such “Black List” label we are seeing in the news right now). For the most part you will usually only be able to infer which list you are one unless the list creator tells you or publishes your status.
Recap on what they mean:
White List – “Good Guys” like the cowboys wearing the white hats in the movies. The ones you believe you can trust.
Black List – “Bad Guys” like the cowboys wearing the black hats in the movies. The ones you know are untrustworthy.
Gray List – “Everyone Else” like the background people in the cowboy movies. The people you don’t have enough information to classify into the White or Black List.