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BE Informed No. 5.1

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The VPoD Protocols

John B. Johnston W3BE

Q. What are the VPoD Protocols?

A. VPoD is an acronym for verbalizing person or device. Its hypothesis is that a surrogate or a device - at the discretion of the designated Section 97.105 control operator - can compliantly originate the speech transmitted by an amateur station as well as formulate and act upon judgments that are otherwise the responsibility of, and are normally carried out by, that designated Section 97.105 control operator. VPods are among the alternatives to VE-certification protocols (“AVEPs”) whereby VE-certification is excused.

   Under a VPoD Protocol scheme, a non-VE-certified surrogate or device performs some or all of the operational and technical duties of the designated Section 97.105 control operator of an amateur station transmitting on our amateur service radio frequencies. VE examining disappears. The designated Section 97.105 control operator simply makes an on-the-spot judgement whether or not a surrogate or a device possesses the Section 97.503 operational and technical qualifications required to perform properly the duties of an amateur service licensee.

Q. I hear a lot of chatter on simplex channels these days with but few call sign announcements being transmitted. I am not in favor of stretching the rules to accommodate more of this. Our amateur service seems to be morphing into another social media like CB did. Let’s maintain a higher standard of technical requirements.

A. Imported VHF/UHF two-way radios are now very inexpensively available to anyone. Our amateur service community, moreover, has changed dramatically in recent years. It has morphed into a social media for intercommunication by persons who have nothing of importance to say to each other and don’t care who knows it. This seems to have given rise to the thinking that the rules are so far behind reality they must be stretched to accommodate today’s Technician Class operators and non-VE-certified persons while awaiting our regulators’ acknowledgement of this fundamental change in our constituency’s interests.

Q. For Field Day, with yours truly as control operator, my three grandchildren, my son and his XYL called CQ. We were often referred to as a GOTA station. What is a GOTA station?

A. GOTA is the acronym for Get-On-The-Air. It is reportedly for attracting new people into the hobby, encouraging upgrading, and developing support for the hobby among the non-ham population.

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October 14, 2017

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