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Questions specific to rules, regulations, and practices in the United States of America.

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What “test transmissions” are allowed above 51MHz?

The ARRL's band plan chart includes the following text in its legend: Test transmissions are authorized above 51 MHz, except for 219-220 MHz What FCC regulation is this referring to? Aren't all ...
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Expected practices for one ham operating under another's privileges?

I understand that in the United States, amateur operators and even non-licensed persons may participate in domestic (and approved international) communications on bands they wouldn't normally be ...
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Air gapped digital communications mode on VHF?

According to this question MCW (modulated continuous wave) is allowed on large portions of the VHF bands in the U.S. Is using MCW suitable for passing small amounts of digital data between 2 PCs or ...
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Geting my Tech Licence again

Back in the 90's I received my Tech license. I let it expire. Now many years later and I have the time (Retired) I would like to get back into Ham Radio. Do I need to take the Tech exam again? Or If I ...
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FCC tracking of unlicensed FRS/GMRS transmissions

If a transceiver such as the BaoFeng UV-5R is used to transmit over FRS/GMRS frequencies (unlicensed), it is illegal in the United States due to FCC regulations that state that the power must be <0....
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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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How To Join Packet Radio BBS

I'm a complete newbie here, and on the Southeast Coast of the USA. I don't even own a ham radio yet. Some preppers and I got to talking about a dystopian time of Internet collapse where shortwave ...
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On which of these frequencies can I transmit without a license?

I have a Baofeng UV-5RA, and I need to know what frequencies on the "channel mode" (what the lady says when you press the "V/M" button on the radio) don't require a ham license. I am in Philadelphia, ...
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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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TXing on another frequency to provide aid in anothers' emergency

By the FCC rules, if you are in an emergency situation and it's your best chance at survival, you're allowed to TX on any frequency. But what if you're hiking and are monitoring the Search & ...
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Remote base identification

I have a remote base where stations can log in with DTMF touch pad. Does this remote base transmitter need to send out a CW ID?
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Scanner radio purchase advice for someone that's nosy but not technological?

If it sounds like a stupid question, it probably is. My mom loves being nosy... When she hears the police siren, an ambulance, firefighters, or something like that, she's the first one to run to the ...
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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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Amateur Radio for a Nomad [duplicate]

I got my amateur license back in the early '80s, primarily for putting it on my resume for an electronics job. Never used it outside of developing my Morse code speed, and once I got my Advanced Class ...
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What is the highest US amateur license I can get in one sitting?

If I start with no current license, can I take all the exams in one sitting to get to Amateur Extra?
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How do I find expiration date of my misplaced US ham license?

I can't find my general class license. I want to apply for a vanity call sign (my call sign when I was 16 years old) but I don't know the expiration date of my current license. Is there some way to ...
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Should a MacBook emit fluctuating EMF when WIFI and Bluetooth are turned off?

I have a couple of MacBooks. Using a Trifield EMF meter with radio/microwave capability, if I hold the meter near the laptop (where I understand the wifi antenna is located), I receive blips ranging ...
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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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Frequencies as 5 digits and 6 or 7 digits

Why are some frequencies 5 digits like 51344 and some six or seven digits long like 158.7600?
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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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EMT radio communications

I just joined the community, and I got a communication question. Based on searches most relevant questions were posted in this community, so I hope I can get a proper answer! EMT, first responders, ...
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Renewing, how do I transmit legally with the new certification process (USA)?

So, from what I hear, the FCC has done away with mailing out paper certificates. The way I read the regs, I'm required to have an official paper certificate either on my person or at the station I'm ...
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What is the proper way to log participation in a net?

I'm a new operator (since Thursday) and I'm just curious how folks here log participation in a net. There is a twice a day social net here I've been participating in occasionally. Do I log everyone ...
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What is my VE status?

I was an ARRL VE years ago. The info about ARRL VEs says that you remain a VE and the only way one will be dropped is loss of license. However, years ago to be a valid VE one would have to have a ...
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What is Part 97 a part of?

The regulations that govern Amateur Radio in the United States are often described as Part 97. What statute are they a part of? Where can I find other parts of the same law?
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Best way for US ham to join RSGB

Overseas hams can join RSGB from their site for 51 GBP, which today is about 79 USD. USA hams can also join through the ARRL for 75 USD. Assuming the $4 is not a factor, are there any advantages to ...
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What restrictions exist for non-HAMs in the 5.8 GHz band?

What restrictions exist for non-HAMs in the 5.8 GHz band in the USA? Context: these types of popular video transmitters (600 mW, 25 mW) commonly used for FPV piloting. Any requirements to have a HAM ...
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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 the National Calling Frequency actually used?

I know that the national calling frequency is 146.520. Everywhere I go, it does not give a DUP or TSQ. I am not trying to be or, ask a crazy question but is there or not.
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What's the unlicensed power limit for 5.8 GHz (5 cm) transmissions?

5.8 GHz NTSC video transmitters are popular for FPV (first person view) model aircraft flying. However, because the 5.8 GHz band (5725 to 5875 MHz) is also available for ISM (unlicensed) use, it's not ...
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Are hashes (such as md5) legal in the US

If I were to implement a remote computer control system using amateur radio, would using hashes (such as md5, sha-*, etc...) for authentication be permissible under the United States rules?
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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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What is the reason/origin of conventional US repeater offsets?

In the US, the common (though not universal) repeater offsets are ±600 kHz in the 2m band and ±5 MHz in the 70cm band. How and why did these offsets come to be standard for amateur repeaters? The ...
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Using two radios for a faster data rate

The maximum data rate on UHF is 56kbaud. This is well over most "high-speed" 9600 baud transmissions. Is it possible to use two receivers at one site, and two transmitters (vice versa when the ...
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What are the relative bandwidths of the amateur bands?

While I was operating on 40 m for Field Day, I noticed a higher SWR than when I first set my antenna tuner for the band. This happened, of course, because I was in a different part of the band, but I ...
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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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Straight to General license, skipping Technician?

I would like to get involved in ham radio and I'm inclined to study for and take the General exam right away, rather than going for Technician and then upgrading. Are there good reasons not to do this?...
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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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Trouble communicating between Baofeng and Midland walkies

I'm very new to walkies and radios, and I know next to nothing. My friends and I bought a box of Baofeng 888s radios (which apparently also go by quite a few other names and manufacturers) and I'm ...
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Is it possible to transfer an area-specific call sign from a deceased relative?

I passed my Technician exam today and my grandma, who's been a ham for decades, suggested that I could try to get my grandpa's call sign. He passed away several years ago, but his FCC registration is ...
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Is it legal to monitor police and weather channels without a license?

I have two HT's that I bought from Baofeng for emergency use and I don't have a license. I was wondering: is it perfectly legal in the USA for me to be monitoring police and weather channels without a ...
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What FCC rule allows Skywarn and other spotters to restrict repeater use?

When amateur radio operators associated with the national weather service "close the net" on a repeater and request only severe weather reports on that frequency, what FCC ruling is in effect, given ...
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While backpacking, is it worth mounting the antenna to the backpack frame (above my head)?

I am planning a trip with a large group in 6 weeks. We will be spread out in small groups on a trail in a mostly desert plateau landscape perhaps 5 miles apart, but mostly in a straight line. I'm new ...
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Can a Baofeng UV-5R+ be used on FRS, GMRS, and MURS?

Is this secure if I was talking to another Baofeng UV-5R+?
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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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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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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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When is APRS use considered commercial?

I've heard that APRS is only allowed for non-commercial use. I was thinking of a building a weather station that uploads data via APRS (so far, non-commercial). If I then include data from that ...
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What frequencies should I listen to for packet radio?

I just obtained a really old packet TNC and hooked it up to the computer, and it appears to work. Is there a standard packet calling frequency on 2 meters? I would like to see if there is packet ...
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What are the geographical restrictions in using the 70cm band in the United States of America?

Geographical restrictions exist for various frequencies in terms of usage in the United States of America as stipulated in 47 CFR 97.303. What are the restrictions, if any remain, in terms of ...