Petition to California State House, California State Senate, California Governor
Correct Ambiguities of AB 1785/CVC-23123.5 Cellular Hands-free Public Safety Law
Calif AB 1785 was passed in 2016 and went into effect 1/1/2017 as California Vehicle Code 23123. Because the letter of the law is ambiguous, as are its interpretation, the call-to-action is to correct CVC-23123.5 considering the points presented. Impact: Demonstrate that "two-way radio use" is not a significant threat to public safety. Implementation: Clearly limit this law to known, tangible risks vs. those that are not. Talking points: Given/accepted: Safe operation of the vehicle is the most important responsibility of a driver Given/accepted: Immersive/interactive visual and typing response to 'devices' can be a significant distraction to motor vehicle operation Historically: In nearly 70+ years of "two-way radio" there are NO known, documented cases of such operation being any known threat to public safety or operation of a motor vehicle. Possible unintended consequences: 'Profiling' of those with any 'additional' antennas on their vehicle no matter the use/application. 'Profiling' of those with amateur radio license plates as they could suggest a the driver may be operating 'illegally.' Inhibition of essential situation awareness for public safety that does not meet some criteria of 'emergency' reporting Our request: Constrain this legislation, law and enforcement to its originally intended "cell phone" focus Strike any/all broad "and other devices, etc.." language that suggests other than the intended cellular/smart-phone/interactive devices As much as possible/practical exempt/exclude fixed-installation devices with 'passive' components/accessories that do not require both visual and tactile distraction to operate (tethered/attached radio microphones.) Ensure consistency in the detection and enforcement advice to all agencies and LEOs, to the extent of recognition of basic communications devices that are less complex than the devices employed in their jobs. Bottom-line: Laws/regulations must be universally and commonly understandable by the public, LEO, lawyers and judges. Laws must only address known risks to public safety, of which there is NO data relative to any variant of "two-way radio." This law could be a negative model for other states, or it could be a good one. Informed and considerate, we can do better, and expect it. We look forward to appropriate improvements and effectiveness of this and future laws/regulations without ambiguity, and with consistency of application.
Petition to Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio
Abuses On Amateur Radio Bands
Over the past several years there has been a recent trend of abuses within the amateur radio bands. One such band notably is 20 Meters. Within 20 Meters, for instance, on 14.313 MHz there are abusive activities occurring in the form of cursing, jamming, and unruly speech. Other instances occur on 2, 10, 40, and 80 Meters. Some of my fellow hams have revealed that they were forced to shut down their repeater on 2 Meters because of the constant cursing, jamming, and unruly speech while others have stated they have been physically threatened, stalked, and harassed. There has been an instance where one ham operator's boss on the job was called by some unruly ham operators in an attempt to get that ham operator fired from his job. Though many of my fellow hams will readily encourage other hams to stay away from 14.313 MHz or other frequencies within a band where cursing, jamming, and unruly speech takes place, this in all truth is unacceptable because no one owns a band or frequency or a monopoly on any band or frequency within the amateur radio spectrum. The majority of amateur radio operators play by the rules, have studied hard to obtain their license granted by the FCC to get on the air, and have or are investing a lot of money in the purchase of amateur radio equipment, therefore, it is simply unacceptable to be forced to avoid a band or frequency due to constant and unruly activity on that band or frequency. To get a better understanding go to: https://www.youtube.co/watch?v=gRAlWhLoyF0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qtVYbe_Ugs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjqx4gJ8E6A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGwwIJ6sQao https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y0BH7QDgGM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C86gxXIhvFY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRRvqmoCiH4 Although amateur radio is a hobby to millions around the world it is also a lifesaver to other millions around the world. Keep in mind there are still places around the world in this day and time where many people don't have access to a telephone that many others take for granted who have access to telephones. Having a ham radio is their only way to communicate to the outside world. When a disaster strikes and cellphone towers including phone lines becomes damaged causing a communications blackout thereby rendering a telephone useless and someone is seriously injured or near death needing immediate help who do you think that person relies upon? Amateur Radio Operators and this has been proven over and over again and the record speaks for itself. I am asking my fellow hams to join me by signing a petition asking the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to petition Congress and the President to ask other governments around the world to come together and aggressively crack down on those who abuse the amateur radio airwaves in the hopes it will send a powerful message that this kind of conduct is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Norman A. Sims