OK, I'm on a soapbox...but how many of you guys realize that the FCC allows us the privilege to use the frequencies that we can, and are licensed for, is because we can provide a valuable service during emergencies and disasters in both local and distant situations? How many of you are members of ARES and/or RACES? These are public service organizations and are excellent oppurtunities to exercise your ham privileges and do something for your community and the country. If you are members congrats! If you're not and would like to be let's hear it. I'm sure hams here at Glock Talk can help you find the resources to pay your dues. RACES is a separate "service" under the rules and is one of the reasons that the gummint allows us to 'play' with our radios.