Communication Policy

Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Publicity and Internal / External Communication Policy

Adopted by the board May 4, 2022.

  1. The Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club (SARC) uses a variety of internal and external communication methods to its members, the general public, and specific audiences, including but not limited to:
    1. Amateur Radio Nets using radio transmission in compliance with FCC Regulations.
    2. Amateur Radio Nets augmented by non-radio transmission such as the Internet.
    3. Email reflector traffic using ‘sarc-all’, ‘sarc-bd’, ‘sarc-google groups’ or other message groups as authorized by the SARC Board of Directors.
    4. Social Media sites such as Facebook, Linkedin or other sites authorized by the SARC Board of Directors.
    5. Publicity releases to newspapers, radio stations, television stations, or other media outlets.
    6. Printed announcements or informational documents made available for distribution at events where SARC is an authorized participant, or for posting in public locations such as schools, recreation centers, public safety agencies, or governmental agency bulletin boards.
    7. Other communications as may be defined by the SARC Board of Directors.
  2. All external and internal SARC communications shall comply with the following:
    1. Control of access to communication means are the exclusive property of SARC and subject to guidelines as outlined by the SARC Board of Directors.
    2. The primary intent of any SARC communication is to promote the Art and Science of Amateur Radio as defined by Part 97, Title 47 Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart A – General Provisions, 97.1, “Basis and purpose”.
    3. Communications, including text of images, shall not include or refer to topics regarding religion, politics, inflammatory topics, sexual innuendo, racist, defamatory, or discriminatory language.
    4. Communications shall be limited to non-commercial, not for profit with the following exceptions:
      1. Private sale or exchange of amateur radio related equipment shall be permitted.
      2. Information about sale of surplus, donated equipment or assistance in disposal of estate owned equipment shall be permitted, AND
      3. Such sales will be via open outcry auction, AND
      4. In compliance with FCC regulations, pricing will not be allowed on radio transmissions.
    5. Communications outlined In Sections 1D, 1E, 1F, and 1G stated above may be submitted by SARC members in good standing, for review and approval by at least of two members of the Board of Directors. Lack of response from a Board member shall not be construed as withholding approval.
    6. Submission for review and approval shall be by email to ‘sarc-bd’, presentation at a Board of Directors meeting, presentation at a General Business meeting, or other means deemed suitable by the Board.
    7. Any member of the Board of Directors shall have the authority to withhold approval for communications submitted for review and approval.
    8. If any Board member withholds approval of material submitted for review and approval, the Board of Directors may, at its sole discretion, consider said communications at a closed meeting of the Board, where a vote by the Board can approve said communications by a simple majority vote of the Board members present.