Saturday, May 31, 2008

RCRA latest accusations toward me

Here are the latest accusations toward me. (Jonathan "jack" Demaree WB9OTX) The below statements were sent to the Indiana Attorney General. I will reply to each accusation in italic text.
Mr. Jonathan W. Demaree has been a paid member in years past and has always demanded his dues to be refunded back to him within a month or so after he joined.

I have never demanded a refund of dues. I have only been a member two times, at the beginning and once later in years. Mr. Dan Mulford, when president, refunded my dues one time but I did not ask him to do this. I think it was more of an eviction rather than a refund.

Mr. Demaree has made derogatory remarks over our frequencies many times regarding members and operation of the RCRA and also several Ripley County organizations, including mentioning specific names at times. This behavior does not comply with the standing operating procedures specified in our clubs bi-laws, nor with the FCC rules and regulations, Part 97. In addition, Mr. Demaree has in the past tied up our frequencies as a non-member for hours making it difficult for emergency traffic to get through.

I ask Mr. Dave Rayner what the EMA was doing while the heavy snow and power outage was taking place. Rayner replied, "nothing that he knew of". I said once "don't get sick in Milan as the rescue is not very dependable". If you have a scanner you know this to be true". I have never violated FCC rules while using any 144, 220, or 440 frequencies. This is a fact stated by the RCRA repeater trustee. I did transmit out of band when I was a novice, This was 35 years ago and I did receive a warning letter from the FCC. This was before the RCRA was even formed. I would think the RCRA should read FCC part 97 closer, and when they do, they will not find any violation committed by me. They state I have tied up their frequencies for hours as a non-member. If the repeater is an open repeater non-members are welcome and allowed to use the repeaters. Others use the repeater for long periods as well, are they punished, no. They furthermore state I made it difficult for emergency traffic to get through. I always left a gap after the courtesy beep so others could join the conversation. I have never ever heard emergency traffic on the RCRA repeaters, but I can show you many certificates I have been awarded for assisting with emergencies in the past, none of witch took place using the RCRA repeaters, so I do understand emergencies. Ham Radio is provided by the FCC so Ham Radio operators can talk to other Ham Radio operators and as far as Part 97, there is no time limit other than you must transmit your assigned call sign every 10 minutes, and I always did. I have ask the RCRA to provide me with quotes or recordings of what they find so offensive or illegal. They have not complied to this request.

Mr. Demaree has contacted the following agencies such as: Ripley County Commissioners, Ripley County Emergency Management agency, Ripley County Council members, WRBI Radio Station (whose tower houses our 2-meter repeater) with various complaints in an attempt to ban us from operations in Ripley County.

Ripley County Commissioners were contacted by letter. I ask them to explain to me why the RCRA can use a public building, that as a tax payer I help pay for, to conduct closed to RCRA members only. The public is not allowed to attend. No reply was received. Ripley County Emergency Management agency was contacted by letter. I informed them of FCC non-type acceptance radios that were being used by EMA members. This had nothing to do with the RCRA, their name was never entered in the letter. No reply was received. Ripley County Council members was never contacted by me at any time. Mr. Green of WRBI radio was sent two letters to inform him of the repeater being closed to all but RCRA members. I just thought he should be aware of the RCRA decision. I thanked him for his generosity, but It should extend to all living within Ripley County, not just a few. No reply to either letter was received. I have never tried to ban the RCRA from operations at any time. I would have nothing to gain for this action.

In summary, it is for all these reasons (especially in paragraph #3) that Mr. Demaree has been sent a letter to refrain from using all RCRA repeaters, as permitted by the FCC. This is in compliance with FCC rules and regulations, Part 97. A copy of the letter that was sent to Mr. Demaree is included. Also included is an actual letter from the FCC regarding a situation similar to our club's situation with Mr. Demaree. Sincerely, Mr. David Stoneking - President/Trustee for RCRA ..... and he signed it

A telephone conversation (that I have a recording of) with an FCC lawyer telling me the letter I received from the RCRA was not proper and I could disregard it. Another point of interest, I do not have radio equipment that will transmit on any of the repeaters. I have been falsely accused of interfering (QRMing) the RCRA members, not so, I don't have the means to do so.

One of my favorite quotes from an unknown: "People that live in glass houses should not throw rocks".

Countless times Mr. Stoneking has accused me of wrong doing directed toward the RCRA, the statements can be proven false or untrue. He has claimed that he has recordings and witnesses but can never produce them. I would like to bring charges to Mr. Stoneking and the RCRA, but my lawyer has advised me it is legal and lawful to lie, nothing can be done in a court of law.

My complaint had nothing to do with myself not allowed to use RCRA repeaters. My complaint was the RCRA was in my opinion discriminating toward Ham operators inside Ripley County that are not members of the RCRA. Their reply did not address this at all. The RCRA posted on their Web page a paragraph that led me to believe this. It is posted here:

“The 146.805 Ripley County Repeater Associations repeater is an "open" repeater system to all travelers and visitors who are amateur radio operators and live outside of Ripley County Indiana as well as all members of the Ripley County Repeater Association anytime day, night, Sunday night nets, weather nets, official emergencies and/or disasters. The 146.805 repeater remains a "closed" repeater to all non-members of the Ripley County Repeater Association except for Sunday night nets and/or weather nets when non members from any location may participate”.


The below short story is a very good example of what can be done to misrepresent the facts. The facts are stated but it is told to degrade the subject.


A man is walking through the zoo when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to devour her right in front the little girl's screaming parents.

The man runs to the cage, hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the man returns her to her terrified parents.

A reporter has seen the whole scene and says to the rescuer: 'Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I saw a man do in my whole life.'

'Why, it was nothing,' said the man. 'Really, the lion was behind bars and I knew God would protect me just as He did Daniel in the lions den long, long ago. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt was right.'

'I noticed a bible in your pocket, are you a Republican,' asked the journalist.

'Yes, and I'm a Christian on my way to a bible study,' the man replies.

'Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed... I'm a journalist and tomorrow's paper will have this on the front page.'

The journalist leaves. The following morning the man buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on first page:

'Right Wing Republican Christian Fundamentalist Assaults African Immigrant and Steals His lunch.'