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California no hands law

Jan 5th 2017, 23:30

AI6OZ

Joined: Nov 7th 2003, 10:54
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Is there any action being taken by ARRL about the new California no hands law involving cell phones and ham radios? The rumor is the new California no hand law did not have a wavier excluding mobile ham radios from the law. The last couple of days I heard several folks asking and no one really knew the answer.
Jan 8th 2017, 18:55

WD3D

Joined: Mar 1st 2011, 09:28
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Why would it need to include CELL PHONES?

Cell phones is not amateur radio equipment, and you shouldn't ever hold anything against your ear while you are driving!
Distracted driving causes more wrecks then anything else.

If you included CELL PHONES - what would stop everyone from just getting a license so they could circumvent the rules?
What justifies allowing someone with an amateur radio license to break the rules that everyone else must follow?

You can Blue Tooth a cell phone, along with CB radios, there is no reason for someone to text while driving. That is what it all boils down to, people browsing and people texting.
Nov 16th 2019, 07:13

KC5CSG

Joined: Apr 29th 2012, 11:43
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I agree with this law and it should be stricter. If it has been proven that holding a phone and talking into it while driving is dangerous. Using the same logic, holding a microphone and talking into it while driving is just as dangerous. I'm not going to let my dog in this argument abandon my logic and I fully support a law that restricts mobile use of cell phone, CB radios, AND amateur radios as well.

It has even been shown talking hands free is just as dangerous. It's not the act of talking that is dangerous. It's being DISTRACTED while driving. Engaging in a scratchy DX conversation on a mobile rig takes up a lot of brain power. Especially if the operator is messing with the controls of some of these complex rigs. The only exceptions I can see that are tolerable are emergency services needing to use their radios on the move.

Jerry

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