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FCC 97.407
Revised as of September 29, 2014
Goto Year:2013 | 2015
§ 97.407   Radio amateur civil emergency service.

   (a) No station may transmit in RACES unless it is an FCC-licensed
   primary, club, or military recreation station and it is certified by a
   civil defense organization as registered with that organization. No
   person may be the control operator of an amateur station transmitting
   in RACES unless that person holds a FCC-issued amateur operator license
   and is certified by a civil defense organization as enrolled in that

   (b) The frequency bands and segments and emissions authorized to the
   control operator are available to stations transmitting communications
   in RACES on a shared basis with the amateur service. In the event of an
   emergency which necessitates invoking the President's War Emergency
   Powers under the provisions of section 706 of the Communications Act of
   1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 606, amateur stations participating in
   RACES may only transmit on the frequency segments authorized pursuant
   to part 214 of this chapter.

   (c) An amateur station registered with a civil defense organization may
   only communicate with the following stations upon authorization of the
   responsible civil defense official for the organization with which the
   amateur station is registered:

   (1) An amateur station registered with the same or another civil
   defense organization; and

   (2) A station in a service regulated by the FCC whenever such
   communication is authorized by the FCC.

   (d) All communications transmitted in RACES must be specifically
   authorized by the civil defense organization for the area served. Only
   civil defense communications of the following types may be transmitted:

   (1) Messages concerning impending or actual conditions jeopardizing the
   public safety, or affecting the national defense or security during
   periods of local, regional, or national civil emergencies;

   (2) Messages directly concerning the immediate safety of life of
   individuals, the immediate protection of property, maintenance of law
   and order, alleviation of human suffering and need, and the combating
   of armed attack or sabotage;

   (3) Messages directly concerning the accumulation and dissemination of
   public information or instructions to the civilian population essential
   to the activities of the civil defense organization or other authorized
   governmental or relief agencies; and

   (4) Communications for RACES training drills and tests necessary to
   ensure the establishment and maintenance of orderly and efficient
   operation of the RACES as ordered by the responsible civil defense
   organization served. Such drills and tests may not exceed a total time
   of 1 hour per week. With the approval of the chief officer for
   emergency planning in the applicable State, Commonwealth, District or
   territory, however, such tests and drills may be conducted for a period
   not to exceed 72 hours no more than twice in any calendar year.

   [ 75 FR 78171 , Dec. 15, 2010]

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Goto Section: 97.405 | 97.501

Goto Year: 2013 | 2015
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