In the latest directive of the US government “slimdown” the FCC has ordered all US hams to immediately go QRT until further notice.
Justification comes from the fact that since a federal entity issued the licenses, the validity of those licenses is subject to the fiscal health of the agency that granted them – the FCC.
Furthermore, according to Charles Wattsworth of the Washington DC FCC Field Office, the word amateur is nearly synonymous with “non-essential” so, while commercial radio and TV stations throughout the US will be allowed to remain on the air, hams – or amateurs – will not.
This directive also applies to any DXpeditions to US-controlled islands, possessions and territories.
According to Wattsworth, any amateur radio operator transmitting after 1400Z on 8 October will be doing so illegally and will, in effect, be considered a bootlegger.
However, since the FCC no longer has the manpower to detect or enforce these infractions, absolutely nothing will be done about it.
Let your conscience be your guide.