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is fm transmitters legal in japan

I was wondering what the laws are in Japan concerning FM Transmitters. I recently purchased one of eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/401047827071) I don't have a license or anything so I would like to ...
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Abilities to limit antenna use?

What kinds of abilities does a Home Owners' Association (HOA) in the United States have to limit the use of antennas placed on a roof to an owner of a home in the area?
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Max legal power with nearly zero BW

I'm developing a type of ground penetrating radar that does not use pulses. It's extremely narrow bandwidth. As narrow as a good crystal can get it. The frequency I'm shooting for initially is ...
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Is it all right to call CQ to a foreign country in their own language?

I have been asked by an Arabic speaker here in UK if it is legal, or desirable, to call CQ in Arabic if his beam is directed that way. Please, what answer should I give? Is there a general rule that ...
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Call dialer sound on start/end of transmission?

I have a friend who has a HAM license and a ham radio, and when he first pushes the button to talk, I hear a "call dialer" sound. It sound like someone is dialing a phone number in. The tone starts in ...
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Do I need I license to have these walkie talkies in Japan

I currently reside in Japan (not on a military base) and I have been interested in purchasing some walkie talkies. I found these on amazon JP Link and I was wondering if can I own something like this ...
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How can I know whether a radio is FCC approved?

I'm considering buying a new HT radio (Hong Ying HX-860UV Handheld) from China. The company says the model is approved by the FCC. Since I can't see it in person (only a photograph), I can't confirm....
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What are the legal requirements for an amateur radio satellite?

Lets say I can throw a satellite into orbit (I've got a good arm). I'm amateur radio qualified so can I just set it up to transmit on an amateur band and start having fun? Is there anyone I have to ...
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Baofeng radio allowed in Australia?

I am migrating to Australia, and want to find out whether I can carry my Baofeng UV82 HX / HP model there. The model has CE, FCC, ROHS compliance, and a black 'Tick' mark next to these three. If the ...
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UK 2m Morse Simplex

I got my foundation licence and a Baofeng. Just curious if it's in the license boundaries that I could make a little Morse weather station? It would be controlled by computer and transmit once every ...
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Why is 900MHz restricted in some areas in the US?

So I found these rules: (2) No amateur station shall transmit from those portions of Texas and New Mexico that are bounded by latitudes 31°41 ′ and 34°30 ...
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Weather Imaging with NOAA satellites - legal?

I would like to build an antenna for receiving NOAA weather satellites. They're receivable at around 137.5 Mhz. I'm a total new to amateur radio stuff. I know that it's not legal to communicate as ...
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How do I notify and publish information on experimental modes?

I'm considering tinkering with a new mode. Of course I'll stick to experimental channels and low power for now, but as people notice my transmissions they won't immediately understand what is being ...
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model rocket locater

I'm trying to determine the best way to operate a model rocket tracking beacon. There's various vague details on modes of operating in part 97, and equally vague descriptions in the 70cm band plan, ...
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Are there legal restrictions on radio reception in India?

I live in India and would like to know whether it is legal to listen to on the air transmissions there. I know that transmitting is allowed only in limited frequencies and strictly require a HAM ...
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Technician Class HF Privileges in the USA

What are the current privileges below 30 MHz for holders in the United States of a Technician class license?
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What are the rules for proper use of the 5.8G (5cm) band?

I see several products that operate in the 5.8 GHz range that specifically mention a Ham license is required for their use. For example, the page for this video transmitter specifically mentions ...
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Is a modded Yaesu FT-270r acceptable to use on MURS frequencies?

I am a bit new to the radio scene, so excuse me for any ignorance that may follow. I saw on a website that you could mod the Yaesu FT-270r so that you can increase its transmission range outside of ...
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Why are many FHSS / DSSS transcievers limited to 63 mW?

While researching a DIY digital video streaming solution for an outdoor quad-rotor project, I've noticed that a lot of the popular digital transceivers seem to be limited to 63mW transmit power: http:...
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Are amateur radio call signs unique among all radio call signs?

Idle curiosity: Are the call signs of amateur radio operators distinct from call signs in all other radio services, such that there can be no ambiguity even if the relevant license and band(s) of ...
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Is it legal (in the US) for a server on APRS-IS to relay replies from non-HAMS to a HAM?

I've heard two sides to this. On one hand, sites that allow you to send messages into the APRS-IS network, for relay over RF, demand you enter a call, as "only licensed HAMs may cause a message to be ...
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Do you need a radio licence to use ZigBee/Xbee?

I want to make a application with my Raspberry Pi along with a XBee module. I am going to use it in public places and in my own home. The question is, do I need a radio licence (UK) to use the XBee ...
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What should I do if my call is being used by someone else?

I've been contacted by others who want to verify a DX with me, but I was not operating at that time! It appears that someone made several contacts using my callsign for a short window of time one day....
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Using ham radio bands for telemetry

If I built a machine that went far away, say a buoy, would I be allowed to use ham radio frequencies to transmit telemetry data back to its base station, if I used my call sign? This is for personal ...
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Is it legal to use an R identifier for my repeater in the USA?

I have been told by someone that my repeater is not allowed to have a slash r on the end of transmission because that is an identifier for the Russian Federation. Almost every repeater locally uses ...
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Using my Baofeng UV-5R to talk to walkie talkies

I have a few walkie talkies at home and sometimes I connect my UV-5R to them to talk to them and act as another walkie talkie. At one time, I built a little simplex repeater out of it. Should I not be ...
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Can I use any frequency In a faraday cage? [duplicate]

Let's say my entire house is 5 stories underground with a lead nuclear sheild and no radio waves get out. Given that no interference will be made, am I allowed to transmit on any frequency (not only ...
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Signal Range Test With One Person

I would like to test the range of my two HTs by myself while still operating legally. Anyone have any ideas of how I can accomplish this? The only way I could come up with was feeding audio into one ...
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How to operate IEEE 802.11 WiFi AP within the amateur radio service?

How can I properly use my ham radio license to operate an IEEE 802.11 WiFi access point within the US amateur radio service, rather than the US "part 15" regulations for unlicensed transmissions?
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Is it legal to put IRLP on a 2 meter repeater?

I heard that it is illegal to put IRLP linking onto a repeater on 2 meters in the USA. I was wondering if this was actually the case.
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What about the digital mode ROS causes some to consider it spread spectrum?

The FCC disallows amateur spread spectrum communications below 220MHz. At the moment the relatively new digital mode, ROS, is considered, by some, to be spread spectrum. So this mode is getting ...
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Is it legal to use animal noise courtesy beep?

For Thanksgiving, I changed the courtesy beep to a turkey noise on my repeater/node. Some other people did it so I thought it was fine. Someone however told me that it did not follow part 97 FCC. Is ...
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Can club stations register callsigns on the D-Star network?

Some of the members at my local radio club are interested in working with D-Star. Since the equipment is very expensive, it was proposed that the club purchase and operate one rig collectively. Is ...
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In Canada do I need an Advanced license to use a DVAP?

In Canada do I need an Advanced license to use a D-Star DVAP hotspot?
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Can unlicensed users operate at a Canadian club station?

I am a radio amateur licenced in Canada and a member of a local club station. At a recent meeting, someone asked me whether they could operate at the station if they did not have a radio licence. I am ...
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Transmitting on FRS using a chinese handheld radio [closed]

I bought a Chinese-made handheld radio with detachable antenna. I programmed it for FRS/GMRS frequencies, but its output is about 3W. Is it illegal? If it is, why and how would anyone find out?
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Are there federal laws (US) protecting antenna installation?

Are there any federal laws or FCC guidelines that allow ham radio operators to install antennas? I live in an apartment building in a large city that bans outdoor antennas. I recall reading that the ...
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Operating on foreign US soil

Some places, like embassies and military bases, are considered US soil, even if not traditional. Can one operate with a US call sign in such situations, and how should it be done?
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Fastest Speed allowed for CW FM repeater ID in USA

What is the fastest legal WPM I can use for my repeater's Morse code identification? I am in the USA.
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Why do you have to be 18 to be a Volunteer Examiner in the US?

I am a 15 year old ham, and just got my Extra class. I was really bummed when I figured out I needed to be 18 to be a Volunteer Examiner administer. Why do they make that rule?
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Must all three VEs hold the required licence class to “prepare” an examination, or just one?

47 CFR § 97.507 states that: (a) Each telegraphy message and each written question set administered to an examinee must be prepared by a VE holding an Amateur Extra Class operator license. A ...
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In USA, is it legal to hear police or ATC frequency? [closed]

In USA, is it legal to hear police or ATC (air traffic control) frequency?
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What Part 97 rule allows unattended, automated transmissions, such as APRS weather stations and beacons?

What rule allows Amateur Operators to establish and operate remote, automated stations like APRS weather stations or beacons? Are there different rules specifically for beacons, or do they all fall ...
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How far from earth do FCC regulations apply?

So, I know people in the space station need a HAM radio license for operation. How Far exactly from earth do you have to be to transmit any RF wave you want without a license?
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What radio regulations apply in International waters?

What regulations apply to radio operations in International waters? How far offshore does one need to be? Does the answer change between registered commercial vessels and home-made rafts or canoes?
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What is the permissible frequency error for US amateur radio transmissions?

What are my requirements as a licensed Amateur Radio operator in the US to keep to a single frequency? How much drift can I have during transmission and still be within my license? Does it depend on ...
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Does a Canadian amateur radio operator’s certificate expire?

I obtained my Canadian Basic with Honours certificate in the late 90's and haven't done much with it since. Was looking to get back into the hobby. Has my certificate expired? Do I need to take the ...
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What are the (US) rules about unlicensed low-power transmissions?

It is common wisdom that transmissions of any sort (perhaps unidentified, encrypted, in the FM broadcast band, etc.) are permitted if they are sufficiently low power. Where are the FCC regulations ...
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Is hiding your voice on phone legal?

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 ...
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Legitimacy and Practice of Frequency Hopping in Ham Radio in United States

After reading this question, I was wondering: is frequency hopping considered ``the most effective use'' of the frequency as stated in the FCC regulation? If so, is there any restrictions on how the ...