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Volunteer Monitor Program

Volunteer Monitor Program

The ARRL Volunteer Monitor program is a formal agreement between the FCC and ARRL. Volunteers trained and vetted by ARRL monitor the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used both to correct misconduct or recognize exemplary on-air operation. Cases of flagrant violations are referred to the FCC by ARRL for action in accordance with FCC guidelines.

This program re-energizes enforcement efforts in the amateur radio bands. It was originally proposed by the FCC following several FCC regional office closures and a reduction in field staff.

Under this program, the FCC gives enforcement priority to cases developed by the Volunteer Monitor program, without the delay of ARRL having to refer cases through the FCC online complaint process.

Candidates who possess the required skills are encouraged to apply using the application below.  Applications will be reviewed and candidates notified.

Read the MOU between the FCC and ARRL establishing the ARRL Volunteer Monitoring Program here.

See also: How to Report a Possible Violation to ARRL

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  • Skills Requirement

    Volunteer Monitors are required to meet a minimal skill set requirement.
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  • How do I apply to become a Volunteer Monitor?

    Thanks for your interest. ARRL is not currently accepting applications. There are a limited number of slots in the program which have all been filled. When slots are open and the reserve pool depleted, we will resume processing applications for the program.

How to Report a Possible Violation to ARRL

To report clear violations of FCC Part 97, particularly instances of unlicensed operation, repeated deliberate interference, and operation outside of a licensee’s authorized frequencies, send the report via email to Riley Hollingsworth (K4ZDH), ARRL Volunteer Monitor Administrator, at K4ZDH@arrl.org.

Important: include the following information in your report…

Frequency (MHz) of incident:

Time of incident (UTC):
Date of incident:
Call sign(s) of station(s) being reported:
If a repeater, call sign of repeater involved:
Description of alleged incident being reported:
Your full name (person submitting report)
Your call sign:

Your email address:
Your phone number:


All reports will be acknowledged, reviewed, and the person submitting the report will receive a response as quickly as possible.