ARRL Volunteer Monitoring Program


On Tuesday October 1, 2019, the ARRL Volunteer Monitoring Program will began operation.  The Volunteer Monitor program supersedes the ARRL Official Observers program, which ceases operation on September 30, 2019.  The following are Frequently Asked Questions about the Volunteer Monitor Program:

Q.  What is the Volunteer Monitors Program?

A.  The following is a quote from the ARRL Volunteer Monitor web page, “Volunteer Monitor program is a formal agreement between the FCC and ARRL in which volunteers trained and vetted by the ARRL will monitor the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used both to correct misconduct or recognize exemplary on-air operation. Cases of flagrant violations will be referred to the FCC by the ARRL for action in accordance with FCC guidelines.”

Q.  Is the Volunteer Monitor program part of the ARRL Field Organization

A.  NO.  With the implementation of the ARRL Volunteer Monitor program, the function of the former ARRL Official Observers program has been transferred from the ARRL Field Organization to direct supervision and control by ARRL Headquarters.

Q.  Will be be any more ARRL Official Observers?

A. NO.  All ARRL Official Obsever appointments will be cancelled at the end of day on Monday September 30, 2019.  The ARRL West Central Florida Section is grateful for the service of all of our ARRL Official Observers over the years.

Q.  Where can I find out more information about the ARRL Volunteer Monitors program?

A.  Information about the ARRL Volunteer Monitors program can be found on the ARRL Volunteer Monitor page at  This information includes the qualifications to be an ARRL Volunteer Monitor, the ARRL Volunteer Monitor application, and the Memorandum of Understanding between the ARRL and the FCC Enforcement Bureau.