When all else fails – Hams at Olympic security

While Ontario hams await a ministerial decision about whether or not the province’s distracted driving Bill (118) will have any impact on the use of amateur radio equipment in moving vehicles, the United States government has involved amateur radio as part of its 25,000-square-foot super-security coordination centre for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

This surprising information was published in Saturday’s Globe and Mail and is likely even more surprising to hams in British Columbia who seem to be frozen out of participation in the Vancouver-based games over “security” by our own RCMP.

In another weird state of affairs, the October issue of CQ magazine includes a feature article in how to use and control your VHF/UHF or even your HF shortwave home station via your hands-free cell phone.

A decision on the possible impact of Bill 118 on Ontario amateurs is expected in October.

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