Emergency Operations – Regulations

Emergency Operations – Regulations regarding radio communications.

A station in, or within 50 nautical miles of Alaska may transmit emissions J3E and R3E on the channel at 5.1675 MHz (assigned frequency 5.1689 MHz) for emergency communications. The channel must be shared with stations licensed in the Alaska-Private Fixed Service. The transmitter power must not exceed 150 W PEP. A station in, or within 92.6 km of, Alaska may transmit communications for tests and training drills necessary to ensure the establishment, operation, and maintenance of emergency communication systems.

AMATEUR RADIO
Sec. 97.401 Operation during a disaster. A station in, or within 92.6 km (50 nautical miles) of, Alaska may transmit emissions J3E and R3E on the channel at 5.1675 MHz (assigned frequency5.1689 MHz) for emergency communications. The channel must be shared withstations licensed in the Alaska-Private Fixed Service. The transmitter powermust not exceed 150 W PEP. A station in, or within 92.6 km of, Alaska maytransmit communications for tests and training drills necessary to ensure the establishment, operation, and maintenance of emergency communicationsystems.

[ 71 FR 66465 , Nov. 15, 2006]

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Sec. 97.403 Safety of life and protection of property. No provision of these rules prevents the use by an amateur station of any means of radiocommunication at its disposal to provide essentialcommunication needs in connection with the immediate safety of human life and immediate protection of property when normal communication systems are
not available.

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Sec. 97.405 Station in distress. (a) No provision of these rules prevents the use by an amateur station in distress of any means at its disposal to attract attention, make known itscondition and location, and obtain assistance.

(b) No provision of these rules prevents the use by a station, in the exceptional circumstances described in paragraph (a) of this section, of any means of radio communications at its disposal to assist a station in distress.

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GMRS

Sec. 95.143 Managing a GMRS system in an emergency. (a) The stations in a GMRS system must cease transmitting when the station operator of any station on the same channel is communicating an emergencymessage (concerning the immediate protection of property or the safety of someone’s life).

(b) If necessary to communicate an emergency message from a station in a GMRS system, the licensee may permit:

(1) Anyone to be the station operator (see Sec. 95.179); and

(2) The station operator to communicate the emergency message to any radio station.

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Public Safety / Industrial Business

Sec. 90.407 Emergency communications. The licensee of any station authorized under this part may, during a period of emergency in which the normal communication facilities are disrupted as aresult of hurricane, flood, earthquake or similar disaster, utilize such station for emergency communications in a manner other than that specified in the station authorization or in the rules and regulations governing the operation of such stations. The Commission may at any time order the discontinuance of such special use of the authorized facilities.

[ 49 FR 36376 , Sept. 17, 1984]

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Sec. 90.411 Civil defense communications. The licensee of any station authorized under this part may, on a voluntary basis, transmit communications necessary for the implementation of civildefense activities assigned such station by local civil defense authorities during an actual or simulated emergency, including drills and tests. The Commission may at any time order the discontinuance of such special use of the authorized facilities.

[ 49 FR 36376 , Sept. 17, 1984]

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Sec. 90.417 Interstation communication. (a) Any station licensed under this part may communicate with any other station without restriction as to type, service, or licensee when thecommunications involved relate directly to the imminent safety-of-life or property.

(b) Any station licensed under this part may communicate with any other station licensed under this part, with U.S. Government stations, and with foreign stations, in connection with mutual activities, provided that where the communication involves foreign stations prior approval of the Commission must be obtained, and such communication must be permitted by the government that authorizes the foreign station. Communications by Public Safety Pool eligibles with foreign stations will be approved only to be conducted in accordance with Article 5 of the Inter-American Radio Agreement, Washington, DC, 1949, the provisions of which are set forth in Sec. 90.20(b).

[ 43 FR 54791 , Nov. 22, 1978, as amended at 62 FR 18933 , Apr. 17, 1997]

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