COVID-19 guidelines for Amateur Radio


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Top Story:  A much-needed comic interlude from the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to Leslie Hitner for this clever bit of humor–something sorely needed now.

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Accessed on 25 March 2020, 0640 UTC, Post 1366.

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A little ham humor follows…


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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Climbing Without Passion via WARC <>
> Date: March 24, 2020 at 09:55:40 HST
> To: Winona Amateur Radio Club Member List <>
> Cc: Climbing Without Passion <>
> Subject: Re: [WARC] Covid-19 guidelines for Amateur Radio
> Reply-To: Winona Amateur Radio Club Member List <>
> hmmmm
>> On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 2:53 PM Seaquist, Robert via WARC <> wrote:
>> Amateur Radio operators are requested to adapt to the Coronavirus mitigation guidelines as they apply to amateur radio operating.
>> All ham radio operators are encouraged to stay at least 6 feet from the microphone in order to maintain proper separation from others.  The distance may be reduced if a mask is put on the microphone.
>> CW operators should wear appropriate gloves when handling keys.
>> There should be no more than 10 stations on the same frequency at the same time.
>> Disinfect your knobs, switches, etc before operating … especially touch screens and PTT.  Shoe covers should be worn when using foot switches.  Use of hands-free VOX is strongly encouraged although from 6 feet away, it will be necessary to shout.
>> Disinfect all antenna cables coming into the station.
>> Only mobile stations and walkie-talkie contacts are permitted where sit-down service has been banned.   The 6 ft microphone separation guideline is suspended for these types of operation, but a mask on the microphone is strongly recommended.
>> Mobile operators are encouraged to remain in their vehicles except to get necessities.
>> Operators should leave their operating positions only for necessities.
>> Outdoor antenna work is allowed as long as there is social distancing among all who are present.
>> Hoarding of batteries, spare tubes, etc. is discouraged and is unfair to others.  We are in this together.
>> New equipment and parts should be ordered  online for front porch delivery.
>> Do not test (tune) your equipment unnecessarily.   Testing should be reserved for those who actually need it.
>> Your understanding and cooperation in this matter will be appreciated.
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