The Federal Communications Commission should permit amateur radio operators to participate in any emergency preparedness drill, regardless of whether the amateur operator is an employee of a drill participant or the drill is government-sponsored, the American Hospital Association (AHA) said in a comment letter in May. "The AHA agrees with the commission's tentative conclusion that an amateur operator should not be precluded from participating in emergency preparedness drills merely because the operator is an employee of one of the organizations participating in the drill," the letter said. "The amended rules, however, should not limit authorized participation to preparedness drills sponsored by a government agency."

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