[VHFcontesting] Regulaton question

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Wed Jan 23 10:47:09 EST 2008

I've heard stories about Rovers being kicked off hilltops by the Champaign 
County (IL) police but I've never had it happen myself.  I've gotten a 
couple strange looks as they drove by but they evidently didn't consider 
me a threat or in violation of anything.

Now that my favorite VHF/microwaving hilltop in this area is on private 
property, which I have permission to enter, I don't worry about that when 
I'm there.

I've had other people stop to ask if I was tracking birds, chasing 
tornadoes, etc.  They usually get interested in what I'm doing when I 
explain. One old farmer sat and watched me work people for about 15 
minutes in that big 6 meter opening in CQWW VHF in July of 06.

73, Zack W9SZ

On Wed, 23 Jan 2008, Bill Burgess wrote:

> In 5 years of rovering, I have never been interrogated by the police at a roving site.  My first stop was in Troy NY on the way home from Mt. Greylock.  The officers first words when I got out of my vehicle to meet him were "excuse me sir, I hope you are not offended at me stopping you but I just got to know what all those antennas on your roof are for."  Spent 15 minutes chatting, showed him a bunch of NE8I qsl's and parted with a smile and a handshake.
> Last year, looking for a restaurant in a town, I was spotted by a cop who wanted to know if I could receive police and cell phone calls (they use cell too).  Told him no, and explained that other rovers frequent the area too for contests so not to be surprised by them.
> Best way to disarm the police is by telling them they are welcome to stop by your sites anytime.
> 73,
> Bill   VE3CRU/R

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