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July 1st Deadline

A few weeks ago, I received a mailing list announcement reminding me about the new Cellular Phone law that goes into effect on July 1st in California. With less than 30 days to go, I figured I should start looking into some solutions.

While I work on getting my TerdPhone(tm) hooked up to some sort of headset or hands free driving setup (it is true, I don't have bluetooth on my cell phone, how sad is that),  the thing that was interesting is that there is an exemption for two way radios service. So as long as you are a licensed ham radio operator, I doubt you will have trouble from the police.

Costco and some other office supply stores have some great deals on bluetooth handsfree speakerphones for the car, so there is no excuse for being a bad driver. 

My wife has been using the Jabra SP5050 for about a week, and that this is great, all for $49 USD. 

From the ARRL East Bay Mailing List: 

"There has been a lot of confusion around this issue and I am still
receiving questions from concerned Amateurs. Apparently, there was some
incorrect information on the DMV web site that added to the confusion.
DMV has updated their web site and makes it clear that the law applies
to "wireless telephone' use and not "dedicated two-way radio" use. For
more information go to the FAQ section at:
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/cellularphonelaws/"

For amateur radio operators, you might also look into the TalkSafe Ranger (doc file) product from RPF Communications in the UK. This unit provides Bluetooth connectivity to all manner of radio units. While it isn't required by law, it might be the safest bet.

 
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