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National Wildlife Refuge Week - Amateur Radio Special Event Rules

    1. An Amateur Radio activation (“Activation”) shall consist of an Amateur Radio station (“Station” or “Equipment”) located within the established boundary of a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ("FWS") National Wildlife Refuge (“NWR”) or a wildlife refuge, area or preserve managed by any U.S. state, territory or Canadian province or department thereof ("Local Refuge" or "LoR") pursuant to prior authorization issued by NWR or LoR management.

    2. Activation must take place within the established boundary of an NWR or LoR. Operating near or adjacent to an NWR or LoR, regardless of proximity to the NWR or LoR boundary, shall not qualify as an Activation.

    3. Activation shall take place only upon prior authorization by the refuge manager or his/her deputy.

    4. Activation shall be executed in strict accordance with the refuge manager’s authorization and instructions.

    5. Activation sites shall not be established in hazardous areas.

    6. Activation pursuant to these rules is required for the operation to be listed on this web site as an Active Site.

    7. Amateur Radio operators and others participating in an Activation (“Participants”) shall be good stewards of the habitat at all times.

    8. Participants shall consult with the refuge manager regarding safety precautions.

    9. Participants are responsible for the safe operation of their Station(s).

    10. Participants shall use headphones or low radio speaker volume, keeping voices low, avoiding wearing bright colored clothing and perfumes, and undertake any other reasonable means to ensure that an Activation does not disturb refuge wildlife or visitors.

    11. Participants shall not approach or attempt to feed wildlife.

    12. Participants shall remove all Equipment, refuse and other materials they have brought into the refuge at the close of an Activation.

    13. Participants should remove refuse and items within a safe radius of the perimeter of the Activation site to ensure that the area is left in its natural state or a condition specified by the refuge manager, if applicable.

    14. Participants may use any mode and any frequency allowed by Federal Communications Commission regulations. Operating frequencies and modes used during an Activation is left to the Participants’ discretion.

    15. Participants and others acknowledge that they participate in an Activation, including travel and any related activities before and after the Activation at their own risk, assuming all responsibility and liability for any harm and/or damages, and that they hold harmless KP1-5 Project, Inc., including, but not limited to, its directors, officers, representatives and volunteers. Participants acknowledge that decisions of the NWR Week-Amateur Radio rules committee in regard to rules interpretation and implementation are final. See also Disclaimer.

    16. The rules are subject to change without notice.