Catalina Amateur Repeater Association (CARA) Swap Net Guidelines
The following rules are published to provide guidelines and establish policies for the CARA Swap Net. CARA's sole interest in establishing these rules is in keeping with intent of the FCC's Part 97 section 113, which prohibits the conduct of business over Amateur radio.
§97.113 Prohibited transmissions.
(a) No amateur station shall transmit:
(1) Communications specifically prohibited elsewhere in this Part;
(2) Communications for hire or for material compensation, direct or indirect, paid or promised, except as otherwise provided in these rules;
(3) Communications in which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer. Amateur operators may, however, notify other amateur operators of the availability for sale or trade of apparatus normally used in an amateur station, provided that such activity is not conducted on a regular basis;
Repeater owners and trustees are allowed to set tighter standards than these rules.
The buyers and sellers on the swap-net are individually responsible for any transactions made and the exchange of items or funds. CARA takes no interest in and assumes no responsibility for any of these transactions.
The net control operator will ask for stations who want to list or announce a "want" and will call each station individually for their listing. Please be prepared to give your call sign, first name, city in which you reside and a phone number or email address where you can be contacted.
The CARA Swap Net is for the occasional purchase, sale or trade of Amateur and Amateur-related equipment. It is not intended as an avenue to supplement one's income.
Prohibited items on the CARA swapnet include, but are not limited to, brand new amateur equipment that is being sold or distributed for the first time, and equipment that was acquired through a bulk purchase, with the sole intent of resale. The determination of such activity will be at the discretion of the Swap Net control or the CARA Board of Directors.
Estate sales of amateur radio equipment for a non-ham surviving family member are not permitted.
Participation in the net is open to all licensed Amateur Radio operators. Membership in the Catalina Amateur Repeater Association (CARA) is not required.
The number of items that each person may list is at the discretion of the net control.
Commercial or business band radios must be modified and working on amateur frequencies to qualify as Amateur equipment.
Computers, CB radios, or other non-ham gear are not permitted.
Mentioning a price is permitted. However, price "negotiations" should be handled on the telephone.