A section of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2007 Appropriations Act formally includes Amateur Radio operators as a part of the emergency communications community. Congress approved the measure before adjourning for its pre-election break. President George W. Bush signed the bill into law.
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] [Text of H.R.5441 Sub-sec. 1805
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It's nice (I suppose) that amateur radio is being officially recognized, but there is no mention of how the described "coordination" between agancies is supposed to occur. I suppose we can count on ARRL or that blowhard K1MAN to step up to the plate.