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Volunteer Monitor Program

Volunteer Monitor Program

Approved by the ARRL Board of Directors at its July 2018 meeting, the new Volunteer Monitor program is a formal agreement between the FCC and ARRL in which volunteers trained and vetted by the ARRL will monitor the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used both to correct misconduct or recognize exemplary on-air operation. Cases of flagrant violations will be referred to the FCC by the ARRL for action in accordance with FCC guidelines.

The intent of this program is to re-energize enforcement efforts in the Amateur Radio bands. It was proposed by the FCC in the wake of several FCC regional office closures and a reduction in field staff.

Under this program, the FCC will give 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 posess 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 the ARRL establishing the Volunteer Monitoring Program here.


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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. However the window for appllying for the Volunteer Monitor program is currently closed and the ARRL is not currently accepting applications.  There are a limited number of slots in the program, which have all been filled, with a reserve list of applicants that applied by the July 2019 deadline also in the queue.  At some time in the future when slots are open and the reserve pool depleted, we will re-open a window for applying for the program.We do not anticipate that happening until sometime in 2021-2022 at the earliest.