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Released: February 16, 2010
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
February 16, 2010
DA 10-246
Michael Carter
Communications Officer
Stephens County Emergency Medical Services
2003 Falls Road
Toccoa, GA 30577
Dear Mr. Carter:
This letter grants your request, dated January 20, 2010, on behalf of Stephens County Emergency
Medical Services and Stephens County Hospital for a waiver to permit certain Amateur Radio Service
licensees to transmit communications on behalf of their employers during an upcoming government
emergency drill.
In your request, you state that Stephens County Emergency Medical Services and Stephens
County Hospital will be holding a disaster preparedness drill on March 17, 2010 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00
p.m. You state that the drill will involve ambulance communications with operators in the hospital
emergency room and hospital departments heads. The drill will be held in Stephens County, Georgia.
Section 97.113(a)(3) of the Commission’s Rules, 47 C.F.R. § 97.113(a)(3), prohibits amateur
licensees from transmitting communications in which they have a pecuniary interest, including
communications on behalf of an employer. You therefore request a waiver of this rule to permit the
following amateur licensees who are employees of Stephens County Emergency Medical Services or
Stephens County Hospital to transmit communications on behalf of their employers in connection with
these exercises: Herbert Masten, KJ4JFI; Michael Carter, KI4AEM; Tim Bohannon, KI4BSX; James
Norris, KJ4JFG; Byron Bennett, KJ4JFH; Aaron Wilkinson, KJ4JFJ; April Gettys, KF4JFK; Michael
Coleman, KJ4JFL; Willie Stephens, KJ4LPU; Wesley Ayers, KJ4LPV; Bobby Westmoreland, KJ4LPW;
Bill Fleming, KJ4RNF; Donna Scott, KJ4RNG; Kevin Westmoreland, KJ4RNH; Benny Evans, KJ4RNE;
Teresa Sauls, KJ4QQS; Constance Rice, KJ4QQT; Faye Taylor, KJ4QQU; Shirley Churchwell,
KJ4QQV; Jeffrey Laird, KJ4QQW; Robert Knox, KJ4QQX; Sherry Gragg, KJ4QQY; Vickie Ansley,
KJ4QQZ; Tonya Chitwood, KJ4QVA; Rebecca Williams, KJ4QVB; Katherine Harbert, KJ4QVC; Teresa
Cheek, KJ4QVD; Mary Ann Johnson, KJ4QVE; Tina DeBord, KJ4QVF; Elizabeth Hughes, KJ4QVG;
Fredda Dooley, KJ4QVH; and Vickie Dobbs, KJ4QVI.
Section 1.3 of the Commission’s Rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.3, provides that the Commission may
waive its rules if good cause for waiver is shown. We conclude that grant of the waiver request is
appropriate under the circumstances presented. The public interest in facilitating the March 17 public
safety exercise by permitting the specified amateur licensees to participate warrants this limited waiver of
Section 97.113(a)(3). This waiver grant permits transmission of communications by the above-listed
amateur employees on behalf of their employers during the March 17, 2010 exercise, and immediately
prior to the exercise for the purpose of operational testing of equipment.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the waiver request of Stephens County Emergency Medical
Services and Stephens County Hospital, dated January 20, 2010, IS GRANTED.

Michael Carter
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This action is taken under delegated authority pursuant to Sections 0.131 and 0.331 of the
Commission’s Rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.131, 0.331.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Scot Stone
Deputy Chief, Mobility Division
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

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