Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Arlington Purchasing Amateur Radio Equipment for "Arlington" Radio Club

Despite spending extravagantly for a new Emergency Communications Center and new interoperable emergency communications equipment, Arlington County is spending up to $100,000 to purchase amateur radio equipment to benefit the Arlington Radio Public Service Club, a non-profit amateur radio club that is causing consternation in the amateur radio community for using amateur radio for non-amateur purposes. Amateur radio equipment has been installed in all Arlington fire-EMS stations and a large amount of amateur radio equipment is on-order. Arlingtonians who are active in amateur radio are incensed that the membership of the ARPSC do not live in Arlington and spend much of their non-emergency time on the amateur airwaves criticizing the "socialists who control Arlington,"

38 Comments:

At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Dennis said...

They are a bunch of ditto head vigilantes who don't live in Arlington. The other evening they went after Al Gore for global warming on-the-air.

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Flush Rush said...

Yep, EVERY f-ing group that goes to Arlington County with its hand out gets a f-ing hand out. Even the f-ing Dittoheads.

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous David said...

Members of this so-called public service club rant on their radios about the "socialists" in Arlington while driving their gas guzzler pickups and SUVs to their homes in the outer burbs.

Thanks for this thread, Yupette, but I am sure there are 20 more similar organizations that we don't know about that get similar handouts from the County Board.

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Claremont said...

When does my street get repaved?

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much will the live theater to be constructed for Teatro de la Luna cost?

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at the BS the library system does, starting with the Westover time capsule.

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Don said...

My take on this? The County Board figures that the U.S. will be fighting wars in the Middle East for years and the Feds will be spending money extravagantly in and around Arlington for awhile longer. So why not give handouts to every group that wants one?

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous 2100 said...

It gets worse, the ham operators are using a digital communications system that is not compatible with the digital radios used by public service agencies. Your tax dollars at play.

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to start a bull$#!+ non-profit that caters to one of the County Board's pet special interests and have our $500,000 annual appropriation hidden in a 60-item CB consent agenda.

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much was that non-profir given to put barely readable stickers on 12-packs of beer?

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous anon. said...

I thought the point of all the billions spent on interoperable state-of-the-art emergency comms after 9-11 and Katrina was so cities and counties don't have to rely on amateur radio during emergencies.

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Cindi said...

About $125,000 spent this year on a non-profit project to do stuff like put stickers on 12-packs.

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington County Board's pet stuff? Dogs, theaters, recreation, gourmet food, festivals.

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, maybe I will start a non-profit that hosts a gourmet dog food festival.

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous 2100 said...

The ACFD needs more Medic Units (ambulances).

 
At 14 October, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No the ACFD needs at least 3 new Medic Units, as soon as possible.

 
At 15 October, 2009 , Anonymous Juan said...

As for the theater for Teatro de la Luna, at least $5 million.

 
At 16 October, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is always money for some special interest group's activities. There is no money for what's badly needed, more EMS units. We are entering flu season, lots of adults are going to be sick with flu and lots of kids with swine flu. Who do I contact to protest this give-away to another upscale special interest group?

 
At 16 October, 2009 , Anonymous 2100 said...

Don't bother complaining. More than 90% of Arlington's Fire-EMS employees don't live in Arlington. They really don't care and are more than happy to see their friends and neighbors do their first responder thing in Arlington, at Arlington taxpayers' expense

 
At 16 October, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yupette, President Obama was in New Orleans a few days ago and residents complained that too much is going to first responders and not enough is being spent on rebuilding public infrastructure like hospitals.

 
At 16 October, 2009 , Anonymous ARPSC Responder said...

We have you socialists under surveillance. Wait until McDonnell and Cuccinelli are elected.

 
At 16 October, 2009 , Anonymous L O L said...

Republican + Organization = Corporate Welfare

 
At 16 October, 2009 , Anonymous W4??? said...

Arlington Yupette is obviously a socialist. We are keeping close watch on all you Arlington socialists via our own digital radio system. I am more than happy to use money given me and others who belong to ARPSC by the Peoples Socialist Republic of Arlington to buy radio equipment.

 
At 17 October, 2009 , Anonymous Deeds-Wagner-Shannon in 2009 said...

Free lunch for non-resident neo-con Creepublicans so they can put Arlingtonians under "surveillance". Your tax dollars at work.

 
At 17 October, 2009 , Anonymous ARLGLBT said...

Fisette is allowing this group of right wing wackos from the right-wing outer suburbs to put Arlington's population under surveillance? Sounds Log Cabin Republican to me.

 
At 18 October, 2009 , Anonymous ACFD Guy said...

Actually the radios are used by the red cross for disaster communication. God next we will be talking about helicopters

 
At 18 October, 2009 , Anonymous Arlington Progressive w Scanner said...

Not from what I hear over the airwaves, ACFD Guy. Also, Red Cross has their own amateur emergency radios. BTW, the black helicopters aren't the problem, the dark blue and dark green VIP transport helicopters are the problem.

 
At 18 October, 2009 , Anonymous Westover said...

Hey ACFD Guy, why don't you and your buds lobby for more medic units? The County just spent $100,000 on a f-ing party to celebrate the $8 million acquisition of a new party zone in Rosslyn.

I would also like to know why we need a bunch of non-residents building a communications system that can't communicate with Arlington's emergency communications system, which we taxpayers just spent $20 million for.

 
At 18 October, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great suggestion for a new thread, why the VIPs need executive transport helicopters from the Pentagon to Belvoir and Dulles Airport.

 
At 18 October, 2009 , Anonymous 2100 said...

ACFD Guy, tell us about how the ACFD maintains a response time under 5 minutes for fire and medical emergencies by excluding all the response times over 7 minutes from the response time database.

 
At 18 October, 2009 , Anonymous W4??? said...

Yeah, we have our own D-STAR radio system which you socialists paid for. It's digital, so you can't hear what we say and what we are doing to elect our next Governor, Bob McDonnell. Don't like it? Too bad.

 
At 18 October, 2009 , Anonymous L O L said...

In case you wondered what ACFD Guy has on the bumper of his Toyota Tundra next to his Maryland license plate, it's a bumper sticker that reads: Virginia is for Dumb Asses.

 
At 18 October, 2009 , Anonymous County Employee & Taxpayer said...

Their f-ing D-Star digital system cost Arlington taxpayers $12,000 per unit and their digital walkie talkies cost Arlington taxpayers $600 apiece.

 
At 18 October, 2009 , Anonymous ARRLeigh said...

ARPSC? Just another bunch of ditto head cop and firefighter wannabes who are looking to take over all the amateur radio frequencies 24/7/365 to do their wannabe thing. Bonus points for doing surveillance on the "socialists".

 
At 19 October, 2009 , Anonymous ACFD Guy said...

The County radio system is digital also, just like th D Star radios.

and I like most of my buds swap our shifts so we can do our months work and then spend the rest of the time on our farm in PA.

 
At 19 October, 2009 , Anonymous Progressive w Scanner said...

D-Star is a proprietary digital system that is not compatible with the APCO 25 system used by Arlington County government and adjoining jurisdictions. A basic D-Star system costs $9000 - $15000. The D-Star walkie-talkies are $500 and up. Have fun with your new hobby in your Fire-EMS station, thanks to Arlington's taxpayers. This is what we get for electing turkeys like Fisette who sock us with tax increases to fund pet projects.

 
At 19 October, 2009 , Anonymous L O L said...

Yeah, they all live somewhere else and spend their time at home talking about the Peoples Socialist Republic of Arlington.

 
At 21 October, 2009 , Anonymous Dale Cherry said...

The ACFD firefighters admit privately that the ACFD desperately needs more EMS units but are a bunch of wuses when it comes to speaking out publicly.

 

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