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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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How can I use all bands when I'm a guest on an Extra's station?

I have a General class license. If I'm working with an Extra class license holder, what do we have to do to allow me to work bands outside General, but inside Extra?
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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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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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How close in frequency to another transmission can I legally transmit?

By FCC law. How many kHz away for a QSO are you allowed to start another QSO? I believe that 3 kHz is the FCC rule. Another Ham says that it's two.
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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 ...
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Can I transmit on 2 frequencies simultaneously?

Lets say I want to call out CQ on 145.340, 145.940, and 146.140 at the same time, am I allowed to call simultaneously on all three then monitor all three for replies?
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Which band will I be authorized the most bandwidth?

Lets say I want to do a bit of experimenting with some high bandwidth uses for transmitting data, high quality voice, etc. Which Amateur band will give me the maximum bandwidth, and what is the ...
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Do people really do GMRS liscenses [closed]

Sometimes on my Chinese uhf/vhf amateur transceiver, which goes all the way to 520 megahertz, i listen to GMRS/FRS/MURS frequencies. I always hear little kids messing around in the neighborhood on ...
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Is a guest-operator QSO recorded in the host-station log too?

Just what the title reads. An amateur may operate outside his own shack from another operator's station, or from a club-station etc. As a matter of protocol, the guest operator is expected to ...
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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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Does mixed-mode operation qualify as a QSO? [closed]

Working the bands it's quite possible to work in mixed-mode, albeit I doubt whether it is ever done. Call this a thought experiment: Station A operates CW, Station B operates SSB. I find myself ...
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Is Alaska considered to be located north of line A?

I recentley moved to Fairbanks AK, and was wondering if Alaska constituted being north of line A. Being that geographically, Alaska is north of line A, but in real world applications, Fairbanks is ...
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Is Morse code allowed on FM in the USA

Let's say I get my little 2 meter FM handheld out and make a little sine-wave generator with which I pulse a morse code and if I connect it to headphones a speaker, I hear the dits and dahs of a nice ...
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What defines music, per amateur radio regulations?

Sometimes when I access IRLP nodes, they have a very short melody telling you that you are connected; or when my local repeater's net begins, it does the famous doorbell 8-note sequence. What is the ...
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Why do Amateur Radio organizations in the United States oppose the relaxation of encryption prohibitions?

I saw this question stating that it is illegal to encrypt traffic, at least in the US and UK. I also heard that there was recently an attempt to get the FCC to loosen this restriction, but a lot of ...
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Why is an exemption for music given to NASA broadcasts of manned space flight missions?

FCC 97.113 Prohibited transmissions reads: (e) No station shall retransmit programs or signals emanating from any type of radio station other than an amateur station, except propagation and ...
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What regulatory issues/differences should I be aware of as a US ham vacationing in Europe (Poland)?

I am a US ham with an Extra Class ticket. If I were to go Poland (or possibly some other part of Europe) on vacation and bring some radios, what legal stuff do I need to know about? I know that my ...
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Secure communication over Amateur-band HSMM / 802.11 in the United States

I'm quite interested in 802.11 over amateur radio frequencies; however, all I have done at this point is reading (I don't have a ham license yet). The conventional wisdom (espoused in this ham.SE ...
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Can I modify my radio to transmit on frequencies that I can currently only listen to? [closed]

I bought a radio that can receive 4 ham bands, but only transmit on 2. Can I modify my radio to transmit on these frequencies legally?
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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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What frequencies am I not allowed to use north of line A in the USA?

What frequencies can I not use if I live north of line A in the USA?
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Encrypted traffic and amateur radio

Am I allowed to send encrypted traffic via any medium or any frequency, or is this completely barred (and thus everything has to be open with no exceptions?)
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How big can an antenna be before I need planning permission in the UK?

Presumably setting up a 1m high antenna in a back garden isn't going to be an issue, but setting up an 80m high antenna would likely cause complaints! How high an antenna can I legally construct in ...
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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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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?