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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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Can a licensed ham use or modify CB equipment to work the 10 Meter Amateur bands?

Can a licensed ham use or modify CB equipment to work the 10 Meter Amateur bands? If so, are there any advantages/disadvantages to this?
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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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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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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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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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When will my new license appear in the FCC database?

I tested and passed my Technician's test on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Approximately how long will my license take to appear in the FCC database?
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Where to apply for an amateur LTE radio license in the USA?

Where do you apply for a license to operate on the LTE radio spectrum for amateur radio in the USA? Can this amateur license be used to operate a cell phone independent of a carrier?
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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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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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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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Can I use a Hawaiian call sign on the mainland?

A ham is initially licensed in Hawaii as KH6ABC (example only). If he subsequently moves to the mainland, can he keep his geographically restricted "KH" call sign or must it be changed?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I change my registered address with the FCC?

I just moved, and I want to change my registered address with my call-sign. Is there a form or something somewhere that I can fill out? Do I have to mail it, or can I turn it in to the FCC or ...
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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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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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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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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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Amateur Radio License: USA or Canada, does it matter?

I'm hoping to take the exam in the fall. My question is, does it matter whether I do so in the US or Canada? I would like to operate the radio at my school in Canada, but I do get the chance to come ...
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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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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 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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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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How can we determine what repeaters to use?

My wife and I are studying for our Technician class licenses. We are thinking about how we could communicate with each other while both of us are at work, she being in Oakland, CA and myself in ...
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What is the difference between FCC station and operator licenses?

I an studying for my technician class examination, and I came across this question: What may result when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the grantee failed to ...
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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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Am I studying obsolete information?

I am using the ARRL General Class License Manual 7th Ed. which was published April 25, 2011. However, I know that the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) recently released ...
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Does a FCC amateur license cost money?

If I wanted a FCC Amateur license, is this going to cost me anything? That includes tests, application fees, filing fees, and anything else but hardware.
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Does a person still need a ham radio license?

Way back when, if my recollection is correct, the requirement for using ham radio was to have a license and the required skill was some level of Morse code proficiency. I have heard that Morse code ...
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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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Can I use APRS over TCPIP without ham license?

Simple question, but for me is really important. "Can I use the APRS over TCPIP without a ham license in Europe Union (especially in Austria)?" I consider yes, because I am not transmitting with radio,...
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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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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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What kind of additional privileges or access do I get with each successive US license?

Just for additional information, I live in the United States.
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How Are US Call Sign Location ID's Assigned?

If I take my license exam in California, but my residence is in New York, would my call sign still reflect the New York location?
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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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Is a Technician license enough to assist in times of emergency?

Is a Technician license enough to assist in times of disaster/emergency or do I need General or higher?
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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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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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Can I operate in the United Kingdom with a US license?

Can my license from the United States be used to operate while I'm in the United Kingdom?
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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 ...