The low-light of the weekend had to be this widely distributed public notice from the FCC that amateur radio operators may not use radio equipment to commit or facilitate criminal acts. I don’t recall anything like this in my forty-plus years in the hobby.

This followed rumors that ham radio equipment may have played some role in the the storming of the United States Capitol and violent attack against the United States Congress on January 6, 2021, carried out by a mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump in an attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.

The ARRL then issued a somewhat vague statement about the purpose of ham radio that concluded with:

Amateur Radio is about development of communications and responsible public service. Its misuse is inconsistent with its history of service and its statutory charter. ARRL does not support its misuse for purposes inconsistent with these values and purposes.

It’s good to know that the ARRL doesn’t support misuse of our hobbyspace for the violent overthrow of our government, but also somewhat disturbing they felt the need to proclaim it.