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,"