Reply to the part about "enjoy FCC rule benefits".
The compelling "benefits" of RACES operations have historically been these:
- Amateur Radio frequency use after a presidential declaration restricts other use. [This hasn't occurred since 1941]
- Amateur Radio frequency use during a FCC restriction for a particular emergency. [This rarely occurs and then only for a few days; a specific frequency, or group; such as a HF frequency for an "offshore" emergency.]
When appropriate to needs (say either of the above, for example) it can operate a RACES net. However, RACES may not be the best or appropriate choice because:
- government channels may be better suited for a variety of reasons. This will vary from government to government.
- Amateur frequencies may be rendered useless by those with other interests and priorities. We've experienced that in several cases and had to leave Amateur HF frequencies, whether RACES or non-RACES.