NPR: Ham Radio Volunteers Worry About Spectrum Plan

This evening, NPR aired a spot titled, “Ham Radio Volunteers Worry About Spectrum Plan,” on the HR607 controversy. There’s both the audio that was broadcast and a transcript.

The spot starts,

Across Alabama, emergency communications systems fell silent this week when tornadoes knocked down antennas and cell phone towers. Amateur radio operators are helping to restore emergency communication in some of the areas hardest hit by the storms. But those volunteers say their ability to provide that help is threatened by a new bill in Congress.

Click over to NPR and listen.


  1. In our area they abandoned 70CM and VHF for 800 Mhz and now the want nearly the whole UHF band when they thought that 800 Mhz would be better than what they had. Something looks wrong with this…I would think it would pay off to follow the money rather than the issue, If they get the money with this maneuver then we will see them again and soon for more of our bands! 73 Johnny KD5LWU

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