The Federal Communications
Field Operations Bureau
The American Radio Relay League, Inc.
to amateur volunteers
1. The Field Operations Bureau (FOB - The FOB activity no longer functions under this label. Consult the FCC websitefor
the current bureau and office names Ed.) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the American Radio Relay
League, Inc. (ARRL - Also herein referred to as the "League." Ed.) agree to cooperate in a joint effort
to improve rules compliance in the Amateur Radio Service, as provided for in Public Law 97-259 (the Communications Act of
The objectives of this program are
to foster a wider knowledge of and better compliance with laws, rules and regulations governing the Amateur Radio Service,
to extend the concepts of self-regulation and self-administration of the Service, and to enhance the opportunity for individual
amateurs to contribute to the public welfare as outlined in the basis and purpose of the Amateur Radio Service, while enabling
the Field Operations Bureau to efficiently and effectively use its manpower and services.
The FOB has entered into this agreement with the ARRL to avail itself of
the services of the League's Field Organization. FOB may elect to enter into other agreements.
Regional Monitoring Stations, or other members of the ARRL Field Organization,
as directed by ARRL procedure in each case, are the focal points for liaison and the primary communications channel between
organized amateurs and the FOB field facilities. This program, the foundation of which will be the ARRL Official Observers,
will be known as the Amateur Auxiliary to the Field Operations Bureau. FOB's Regional Directors are responsible for the overview
and the direction of the Amateur Auxiliary program in their regions, in conjunction with designated ARRL filed officials,
and will jointly review local policies, practices and procedures, and work together, looking to achieve solutions to problems
and regional consistency in accordance with FOB's manual for the Amateur Auxiliary which contains basic overall guidance.
2. Under this specific Amateur Auxiliary agreement,
FCC personnel and amateur volunteers may interact to perform the following functions:
a. maintenance monitoring of the Amateur Radio Service frequencies
b. fostering wider
knowledge of the rules
c. responding to complaints/allegations and developing procedures
which emphasize cooperation and "no fault solutions", and if and when impasses occur, aid and encourage development
of solutions through independent mediation
d. signal identification/source location in
support of FOB field facilities
e. courtesy Amateur Radio station evaluation (this function
can only be activated upon specific approval of an FOB Regional Director)
f. FOB enforcement
support (this function can only be activated upon specific approval of an FOB Regional Director
g. other specific projects as appropriate (information collection, support during emergency operations and so forth).
3. In order for the provisions of paragraph two (2)
of this Agreement to be applied in a location where the need is identified by the parties, the FCC field facility supervisor
and the designated ARRL Field Organization official may agree to implement any of the functions of the Amateur Auxiliary as
outlined above, provided approval for national implementation of that function has been granted and appropriate training material
has been prepared, and the appropriate ARRL official has authorized such action as to the specific case under consideration.
4. All prospective member of the Amateur Auxiliary will
be required to undergo a training and certification procedure administered by ARRL, and successful completion of such training/certification
will be required for enrollment.
above outlined cooperative program is hereby agreed to by the signatories and is in force as of the date indicated below.
This agreement may be amended by mutual agreement of both parties and will remain in effect until terminated. FCC/FOB and
ARRL will periodically review this agreement and coordinate such revisions as may be necessary. Upon 90 days written notice,
this agreement may be terminated by either party.
28, 1984 (signed)
Richard M. Smith
(signed) David Sumner