Have you ever wondered how the rules governing the use of two-way radio equipment are established? Or who selects the frequencies on which you operate? Or why a fuel oil dealer might be on your frequency? Or why some radio channels are loaded and others occupied by only one company? Or who is SIRSA? All radio systems require a license for their operation. By this I mean that the company is licensed for the operation of a radio system. These licenses are obtained from the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC. To qualify for a license it is necessary to complete certain forms and outline in detail how you intend to use radio in your business. It is this intended use which determines your eligibility for various types of licenses. The FCC allocates certain frequencies or radio channels for different business activities. Those activities which the FCC feels serve the general public best receive the largest quantity of frequencies. For example, certain channels are set aside for the exclusive use of police and fire departments. Now, who is SIRSA? It is an independent organization sustained by annual dues from its members. They provide lobbying before the FCC to effect rule changes which would benefit you by allowing greater use of your radio system. In addition, frequency coordinators are assigned in every area to select a frequency properly. This has been of considerable value in eliminating wherever possible the sharing of the same radio channel by competitive companies. It also helps ensure a more equitable use of all frequencies by all qualified users.