ARTICLE I: PURPOSE
ARTICLE II: ORGANIZATION
The name of this organization shall be: Amateur Radio Forest Fire Lookout Tower Association, hereinafter referred to as the Association.
The Association's principal office shall be located at the address of the Station License Trustee.
The Association will be Voluntary and conducted as a non-profit organization.
The Association will have no assets, and assume no liabilities. Equipment used for association activities will consist of equipment loaned from members or other individuals, organizations, or agencies.
Individual members will be responsible for coordinating and obtaining all permissions and permits for any activities at lookout locations, with the appropriate agencies, landowners, or other appropriate authorities.
The Association License Trustee shall be the individual maintaining the Associations station license (W7XAQ), as issued by the Federal Communications Commission, and shall have no authority beyond ensuring that the license is used or operated in a lawful manner. The Association license trustee shall keep the FCC advised of his or her current mailing address.
All members holding a valid amateur license, issued by the Federal Communications Commission, will be eligible to use the Associations call sign, within the limits of the FCC rules, and the Association Guidelines for Special Event Operations. The Control Operator of the Association license, at any given time, is responsible for its proper use and station identification. The Association License Trustee, at his/her sole discretion, may deny the use of the call sign to any member, or other individual, for what he/she considers just cause. Members are responsible for Control Operator responsibilities when using the Association call sign. Refer to FCC Rules, Part 97 for Control Operator responsibilities.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Members will have no authority to act on behalf of the Association, unless requested to perform a function by the Association License Trustee, or by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the membership.
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS
At this time and due to the national scope of the association, their will be no Association officers. The station trustee will handle administrative matters with the assistance of association members as needed, or directed by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the membership.
ARTICLE V: MEETINGS
Meetings are not mandated by this document. Due to the national scope of the association, any business and administrative issues will be handled through electronic formats such as E-Mail and the Association web site: http://home.comcast.net/~w7xaq.
The station trustee will maintain a Association roster and post the roster with E-Mail addresses on the association web site.
Correspondence related to Association affairs can be directed to the Association License Trustee at the FCC address of record.
ARTICLE VI : AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION
This document may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Members, provided that notice of the proposed amendments has been given to all members.
E-mail: Mark Nelson: Association Founder/Station License Trustee