Another big win for big government types;
As if things aren't bad enough in California with wildfires and power outages, the state Fire District has decided that Ham radio equipment in remote areas must be removed unless radio operators cough up a big fee to lease the land from the government. In an email to Ham operators, Lorina Pisi wrote:
I do understand and appreciate all of the service you have provided in the past. However, with constantly changing technological advances, there is no longer the same benefit to State as previously provided. Therefore, the Department no longer financially supports HAM operators radios or tenancy. If you desire to enter into a formal agreement to operate and maintain said equipment, you must complete and submit attached collocation application along with fee as outlined on page one of application. There is cost associated with getting an agreement in place. In addition to the technical analysis fee ($2500/application), there is DGS Lease admin cost associated (typically between $3000-$5000) with preparation of lease. Also, there will be an annual rent charge based upon equipment type/space.
Ham operators have been assisting fire and emergency services for free for years. Their contributions are well-documented. The equipment costs the state nothing, as it is operated by the owners. There is no benefit to removing it and, in fact, removing the only source of communication available when the power is out and the cell towers are down is downright criminal. Ham radio is a time-tested, low-cost, reliable means of communication when emergencies strike. OffGrid Survival reports, "What is infuriating here is people are going to die because of this decision. It costs the State of California nothing to allow these repeaters on public land; in fact, Ham Radio Operators pay for the equipment and maintain the equipment at their own cost. Ham Radio operators also make nothing from running these radio repeaters; they do so as a service to the public to help ensure the public’s safety during natural disasters and emergencies."
When all of their fancy networked communications systems shit the bed during a prolonged emergency, little ham operators will still be plugging away on traffic nets and providing comms to shelters...free of charge.
I bet this comes from the cell phone industry (especially the providers) to get more free frequencies by pushing out other users out of the EM spectrum. so not really a lefty thing. Rather very unleashed capitalism like.
If what you posted is true, it would be crony capitalism. A problem more in line with liberalism.
The ham radio operators aren' t losing spectrum, they are losing state support of facilities (typically, repeaters on a hilltop/mountaintop with a little cinder block building, free electricity (upwards of $100/year), and dirt road access to such.
Cellphone frequency bands: 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 1.7/2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz, and 2.5 GHz
2 meter amateur radio: 144.000 MHz – 148.000 MHz
highest common amateur radio band: 70cm or 430.000 MHz – 440.000 MHz
Its the feds that hams have to fight, periodically. FCC always wants to reallocate spectrum to folks with deep pockets (i.e. hookers and blow for the Congressmen on the various committees).