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Thanks for all of the great reply’s. Let me touch on a few points. Yes, I have been active with RACES and ARES for many years. Liability does not come into play. Amateur Radio is a volunteer “best effort” service and as of 20 years of volunteering, I have yet to see the first case of legal action. There are “good samaritan” laws in every state for all kinds of things from stopping for an accident, to citizen’s arrest. I cannot see how a failed attempt to disseminate important information could be used for legal action. There is no requirement that anyone utilize a part 15 station exclusively for EBS/NWS. I just don’t see the down side there.
Could the equipment be expensive, sure. However, I believe that I have fixed this problem with my purchase of a Sangean CL-100, at least for the most part. I think it is worth $80.00 to have NWS and it appears that I will receive EBS info with this unit as well. So, I am now a better provider of information than I was. No guarantees, no promises, and my listeners will be surprised when they hear an alert.
As for “live”/talk shows/newscasts…..Arbitron and Neilson have already burst that bubble. Data shows that AM and FM listeners are less than 50% of what they were 10 years ago. Besides, I don’t need radio, everything is available real time as a podcast for my iphone/android/ipod/ipad. CNN, PBS, BBC, NPR, FSN, all have feeds updated at least hourly that I currently use. Open a web browser to anywhere and you can catch the 5 minute old video from “Ralph’s” cell phone, much less the audio. We won’t even begin to get into the number of non-commercial streaming stations on the internet with millions of listeners.
Well, that’s my two cents worth. Now I am on to other projects, like getting a software ducker program to work with Zararadio….