Oregon Hams Get Cell Phone Exemption

This edit from World Radio Online Sept. 2009 issue.

Oregon radio amateurs began a political drive to insure an
exemption for mobile ham radio operations. In the version of
the measure passed by both houses of the Oregon legislature
their work was rewarded.

In addition to hams, also exempt are those operating a motor vehicle while acting in the scope of employment as a public safety officer and people operating a motor vehicle while providing public safety services or emergency services as a volunteer. Also exempt are those using 11 meter Citizens Radio or UHF Family Radio Service two-way radio gear.

Oregon House Bill 2377 prohibits driving while talking
or texting on a hand-held cell phone. Once in force, drivers
who violate the law could be fined up to $90.

A spokeswoman for Governor Ted Kulongoski said he will
sign House Bill 2377 into law. The effective date will be January
1st, 2010.

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