Re: CoronaVirus Guideline for Hams

Ed Pflueger

I spread out into the world Bob.  LOL




From: [] On Behalf Of Bob McGraw - K4TAX
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:11 AM
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] CoronaVirus Guideline for Hams


Should anyone desire to distribute this or publish same, give credit {blame} to those of us that created and contributed:  Wayne - W4TZB, Bob - K4TAX, Ben - K4QF, and others.


Bob, K4TAX



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.


(Credit and thanks to K4TAX, K4QF, and others for some of the suggestions)



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