Lets say I use a computer to change my voices pitch, or use computer generated voices to hit a repeater. Is this allowed, or does it have to be my natural voice coming in on phone transmissions?

I am in the United States of America.

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    $\begingroup$ Everyone on SSB is using a pitch changer, in a sense... $\endgroup$
    – Kevin Reid AG6YO
    Dec 9, 2013 at 19:09
  • $\begingroup$ It would be helpful to have information about your locale. $\endgroup$ Dec 10, 2013 at 19:27
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    $\begingroup$ @DavidVK2VXK That's why the question was put on hold. "Is X legal?" is almost by definition unanswerable without knowledge of the legislative area being discussed. Each such question should state the relevant location; readers should not have to search for information that belongs in the question. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Dec 10, 2013 at 22:31
  • $\begingroup$ i guess ill just do it assuming its legal :) $\endgroup$
    – Skyler 440
    Dec 11, 2013 at 2:59
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    $\begingroup$ So you're going to identify with your callsign, which tells people your name and address, but you want to disguise your voice? $\endgroup$
    – W5VO
    Dec 11, 2013 at 3:15

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Nowhere in FCC Part 97 does it specify you have to use your natural voice. And, as many commenters have noted, there are lots of places where you don't. I will add to that list:

  • I am the control operator for an unlicensed (or lower class) user
  • Anyone other than the trustee operating a club station.
  • Using my XYL's voice to record CQ macros for contesting ;)

The key is that the control operator is identified in accordance with FCC rules and since that licensee's identity is clearly known from the ULS database, there's no attempt to really hide from anyone who cares enough to look you up.


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