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What are the regulation requirements for running a repeater?

When I try to find information on the requirements to run a repeater, I just see a lot of results related to building one. But I'm wondering about USA regulations. Does one need a particular license?...
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GMRS Call Sign for Technician

I have a GMRS License and currently studying for my Technician’s License. Once I pass the exam, can I use my GMRS “Call Sign?”
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How to check HAM license status - India - Grade One License?

I got my HAM Radio License (Grade-One) License issued on 2005 year (New Delhi, India). Unfortunately Date of Termination of the license is missing. Tried reaching Helpdesk via E-Mail but not much help....
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HAM Radio Exam in English in West Europe

Is the HAM Radio License exam conducted in English in any of the western European Countries?
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Is it legal for a non-profit to use ham radios for emergency purposes?

I've been tasked to help update my organization's emergency contingencies and ham radios were brought up. We provide residential services to the mentally handicapped and we are looking at ways to make ...
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Amateur Radio License classes in Central Iowa

I'm looking for an amateur radio license class in central Iowa, near Des Moines. I've been unable to locate anything through web searches.
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How do I get a ham radio license in my country?

What is the best way to get an amateur radio license in different countries? This question is a community wiki, which means that it's sort of a placeholder, an index of answers. More info Answers are ...
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What Frequencies Are Open To People Without A License?

I am in rural Alaska and I am very far from anywhere that gives Ham Exams. I got a Ham Radio and I want to operate it and talk to people. However, I read that frequencies are not allowed to be ...
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If I cancel my amateur license, will my address be removed from the FCC database?

When my university encouraged me to apply for an amateur radio license, they never mentioned the fact that my address would be listed on the public FCC database, for anyone who Googles my name to ...
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To obtain operating privileges after the 2 year grace

I have been under medically supervised treatment for the past few years. I have been on heavy meds. I presently am showing signs of improvement from cognitive issues which were troubling me. I ...
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How are Amateur Radio Callsigns created? [duplicate]

When I took the Amateur Radio Technician Exam, I was given a callsign upon passing the test. How does the FCC create that callsign? Is it completely random or do the letters and numbers have meaning?
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what is a good way to study for the tech test

I took the test last week but I failed it I was in a program that went through all the chapters but I just very bad at taking tests is there a way to go around the test
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Can a foreign student take a US license exam in the US and use that license in China?

The event I'm currently attending hosts Ham exams, and it's kind of likely that the student would pass on first attempt; would it make sense for him to take the exam? Can he just go home to China and ...
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Can a person in Portugal get an amateur radio license in another country?

In Portugal, to transmit, one must take the category 3 exam, then wait for 2 years to take the category 2 exam. While these 2 years go by, one cannot emit on his station. I find this rather annoying. ...
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Can I use my US callsign to transmit while in El Salvador?

I am traveling to El Salvador later this fall, and was wonder if there is any reciprocal agreement that would let me use a US callsign while there? If so, what privileges would I have there based on ...
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Can I use a amateur license to experiment with radar?

If I get a German Amateurfunklizenz, will I be allowed to experiment with non-communication radio technologies like radar? Obviously, I'd still adhere to using allocated ham bands, stay within power ...
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Would a ham license allow me to use an uncertified radio on other (non-ham) bands I have permission to use?

I just purchased a UV-5R to hopefully integrate into business class radios my company uses. Do I need a technician or other class FCC license to operate these only on the frequencies I already access ...
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Testing blind license applicants

My friend is blind and would like to take the amateur radio license exam. I understand that the question and the four possible answers can be read to them, and that is fine. The one question that we ...
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How can I get a license to build broadcast transmitters?

I am in the United States. The title pretty much says it all. I am really into to building transmitters. It's even more fun for me than using them. I really have a lot of skills and would like to ...
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How can I get started with Amateur Radio?

I would love to get involved with amateur radio, but I'm not sure how. My community recreation center hosts a class to get a Technicians license for a reasonable price ($10), and I know a little bit ...
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Why do some of the amateur radio license names imply something different than what it actually is?

I am asking on behalf of my friend who is not on this site. My friend wants to know the nomenclature behind the licence Amateur extra, since they think that that term is misleading. I think my ...
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Amateur wanting to re-enter ham radio legally

I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast from way back; mostly CB and 10 meters. I have a couple of hand-held Baofengs that I want to use for family communications and as a backup link in case of emergencies. ...
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Do volunteer exam coordinators provide accommodations for applicants with visual impairments?

I am a prospective HAM, and I recently began reading the ARRL's third edition of their Ham License Manual, published in 2014. Anyhow, under WHO CAN BE A HAM ...
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Why does ARRL license examination procedure preclude students from discovering what questions they got wrong on licensing tests

I got my Extra-class ticket some time ago. I was able to discover what my score was (the number of questions I got wrong). However, my examiner was not able to tell me specifically which questions I ...
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What is the purpose of the German CW exam if it is not required to use CW?

To receive the amateur radio license Klasse A (HAREC) in Germany it is since 2005 not required anymore to pass a CW exam, due to a corresponding change in the Radio Regulations. However, the exam is ...
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I received a RESTRICTED RADIO LICENSE in 1974. Is it still valid? [closed]

In the summer of 1974 I worked as a water taxi operator in Howe Sound with the headquarters in Horseshoe Bay. One of the requirements of employment required me to get what I remember as being a ...
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2018/2019 proposed expansion of technician privileges

I read that arrl is petitioning the FCC to expand the privileges of the technician license. Can you summarize those changes with the schedule?
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What kind of ham radio license should I get?

I have an interest in studying and researching how radio technology can be used in other fields of electronics. What kind of license should I look into so I can carry out some experiments or research? ...
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Is a US Extra class exam from the '90s valid to upgrade from Advanced class today?

If one passed the Extra written test in the late '90s at an ARRL test center but did not get the 20wpm endorsement, yet is an Advanced operator, would they now be upgraded to Extra class or do they ...
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Is HAM the only non-criminal/civil broadcasting a person can do that doesn't own a shortwave radio station?

I do not understand. Is ham radio the only legal way to broadcast on shortwave radio? I mean for a "regular" person, not a million dollar radio station. I saw lots of shortwave broadcasting ...
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How do I legally use a Baofeng UV-5R radio for communication?

I'm new to radios. Only ever used them for squad communication in airsoft. I have two Baofeng UV-5R handhelds and would like to use them this week to communicate on a family camping trip with no cell ...
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Are old USA amateur radio licenses in the public FCC database?

My old man worked in avionics for 30+ years and taught me nearly everything I know about radios, like how a superheterodyne receiver works, how the ionosphere refracts signals, etc. He grew up only a ...
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Amateur Radio for Science Fair

Can I use an amateur radio for a science fair? If so, do I need to prove that I have an active license?
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Full UK license visiting US: Can I use frequencies in US but not UK license?

E.g.: 7.2-7.3MHz are Region 2 but not Region 1. My license is "from" Region 1. 1.25 meter band is not available in the UK Operating from aircraft is not permitted in the UK. Would it be if I visited ...
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Is using /AE compulsory?

I'm taking the exam to upgrade my licence to Extra soon, but I'm concerned the ULS might not update in time for Field Day, when I'm supposed to be supervising (and using my call-sign for) my club's ...
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Is there any point to keep the CSCE after the FCC registers the upgrade?

Is there any point to keeping the CSCE form after the FCC registers the exam/upgrade in its database? I'm trying to go paperless in my old age and if there's no reason not to have the paper copy, into ...
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Current rules in Taiwan for operating licensed stations, bringing in personal equipment?

In some countries, Ham licensing is still cumbersome even for citizens, and operation prohibited by foreigners. I'm curious what the situation is like in Taiwan now. Years ago, there was little ...
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What changes are being made to the Technician question pool in 2018?

On 2018 July 1, the FCC's question pool for the Technician class license will be changing. Has anyone written up a summary of the updates or made a list of differences from the previous pool? What ...
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Testing requirements for 5 year old tech license to take general exam

Will I need to take the Technician exam again when I test for General if my Technician license is over 4 years old?
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Ham Technician Exam Material

I would like to prepare for the Technician exam. I think I read somewhere that the ham Technician exam has material that is revised every 4 years. And that the new set of questions will be coming ...
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What knowledge is essential for USA Technician license? [closed]

I am taking the test for my first USA Amateur Technicians license on Saturday. I've been studying and give myself a good (90%) chance that I'll pass the test. Since many of you have successfully ...
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Do I need a license to operate as a ham in Haiti?

I am currently thinking about joining the shortwave radio community, and know that if I was going to operate one in the U.S., I would need a license to operate in a certain range. But I am not living ...
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Can you request a vanity call sign when passing the exam?

In the US, just after passing your exam for Technician, General and/or Extra if you didn't have a call sign to begin with, can you request a vanity one right away or do you have to wait until one is ...
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Should I upgrade to Extra Class [closed]

I've held an Advanced Class license for almost 20 years now. I've recently been kicking around the idea of biting the bullet and upgrading to Extra. I know they lifted the code requirement. Part of me ...
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License upgrade doesn't extend term of license?

I just upgraded my license to Extra about a week and a half ago, so perhaps I'm supposed to know this. The FCC database shows my upgrade to Extra, but the expiration date and callsign haven't changed....
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How to renew an expired US license as an expat?

I've been living as an expat for a decade, and my extra class license expired a little more than a year ago. I'm currently in Taiwan. Is it possible to renew my license while staying here? Can I do ...
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Use amateur radio frequencies for commercial purpose

Can I use amateur radio frequency for commercial purpose (after acquiring ham license), expecting that it would be congestion free band and give me good broadcasting performance compared to other ...
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I upgraded from Tech to General and renewed at same time but my license still says Tech

Last week I upgraded and renewed my license at the same time. I did this by returning the form through W5YI. The form was complete with authorization of the upgrade by my local VEC. The problem is ...
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Are US licensee allowed to operate under CEPT agreement if they permanently reside in Europe?

Under the CEPT agreement, US General and Amateur Extra class licensee can operate in Europe while traveling there. Does that privilege still apply if the person semi or permanently resides in that ...
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What are the requirements of the address given for a US licence?

I'm going to be visiting the US soon (I live in the UK), and since I've heard it's very easy to get a US amateur radio licence and it's something that could be beneficial, I thought, why not? I see ...