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

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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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What exactly is field day, and do I need equipment?

I have been a ham not quite long enough to experience field day. I have been excited for the weekend ever since I heard about it. I looked at the ARRL site for field days in my location, and found a ...
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Is it illegal to key up and not identify?

So, I key up on a repeater to see if it works, or to see what cool courtesy tone they are using. I don't do anything else. Is it illegal or bad ham radio etiquette to just key up for a second, key ...
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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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Identifying regulations for interfering stations

I'm working on tracking down some 2m repeater interference, and I have identified that the offending signal is a spur transmission on a commercial pager service (that lands right on our repeater input ...
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How do I get a coordinated frequency assigned for my repeater?

I am thinking about putting up a 70cm repeater up on my High School, where they have a very tall roof. By the time It is ready to put it up, I want to make sure a frequency is reserved for the ...
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Choosing simplex frequency as a technician

My brother and I just got our technician class license. We live close enough to each other that we can use simplex on 2 meters or 440. How do we go about choosing the best frequency to use?
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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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Why are there no amateur allocations in the LF and VLF spectrum?

Amateur radio enthusiasts have slices of spectrum at every magnitude of spectrum MF and above, but in the US none are below MF. Why are there no spectrum allocations below 160M?
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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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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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Do I need to actually lock up my station?

Per §97.103, one is responsible for the proper operation of one's station, which of course includes that no unlicensed person uses it to transmit. I have heard suggestions (no link handy, sorry) of ...
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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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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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What is the most common amateur identification practice for mobile US amateurs operating in Canada?

When a US Amateur operates in Canada, IT and Canadian regs permit some lattitude on their identification. I have read that some will prefix a "VE3" plus their own home callsign (Ontario, meaning I am ...
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What's the difference between national calling frequency and national simplex calling frequency in the 2m and 70cm band plans published by ARRL?

On the 2 meter and 70 centimeter band plans published by the ARRL, what is the difference in intended use between the calling frequencies (144.200, 432.10 MHz) and the simplex calling frequencies (146....
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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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CW on phone band

In the U.S., regulations permit CW operations throughout the amateur bands. That makes the phone section of a band look tempting when the CW/digital part of the band is busy with a contest. I wonder ...
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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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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 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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Are there any good, consistently receivable signals in the US for HF receiver testing?

Having built my first HF receiver, I'd like to know if I'll need to search around for transmissions that happen to be occurring, or if there are reasonably strong signals I can count on being present ...
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"Coaxial capacitors in line” in E4E04?

I've been studying the U.S. license examination question pools. For the most part, it is reasonably obvious what the questions and answers mean even when I am not yet able to come up with the answers ...
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Relicensing after a decade, can I reacquire my old call sign?

The background, I got a US Tech+ license back in the 1990's when I was in middle school. At the time I did it for the novelty of getting licensed in something and not a bit to imitate my brother. ...
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SSTV on repeaters?

Just a simple question and the answer is probably no, but am I allowed to transmit a picture using SSTV on an FM 2 meter or 70 centimeter repeater? I am in the United States.
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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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Can I transmit anything inside a Faraday cage?

Can I perform any transmission regardless of my license as long as I'm inside an RF sealed enclosure, such that no RF will be detectable from my transmissions off my property? I imagine the answer is ...
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Aside from repeaters, what station types allow automated transmissions?

I know repeaters don't have to have a control operator at the radio in order to transmit given certain conditions are met. Are there any restrictions to setting up automated stations which transmit ...
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How would one automate HF communications to a specific location?

There appears to be some significant interest in establishing a fool-proof* HF communications method for location to location communication regardless of current propagation conditions. Given that ...
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Is CW necessary to be competitive in most ARRL contests?

The ARRL hosts many contests throughout the year, and maintains a leaderboard of sorts to encourage competition. Is it possible to rank on any of the leaderboards without knowing or using morse code?
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What is the best practice when tuning an antenna on air?

I have a magnetic loop antenna that takes a long time to tune and of course, while tuning it, I need to be transmitting. What is the best procedure for tuning on air? I understand I need to check ...
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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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Moving from Australia to the US, Amateur radio license transfer?

Moving from Australia to the US, is there a way to transfer my license in any way, or do I need to sit the exams in full? I'm wondering if there is any concept of "credit" towards licensing, so I ...
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Is any licensing require to receive in the amateur radio bands?

I'm considering hosting a foxhunt for a local youth group (scouts, in this case), and one of the questions asked was whether those searching for the hidden transmitter need have a license of any sort. ...
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What is the body of knowledge the U.S. written exams test?

I'm considering getting a U.S. amateur radio operator license. If you want to study to pass a license test, there are many resources to learn the answers to the entirety of the question pool: online ...
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How do I renew my FCC amateur license?

I have a technician class license, and my license expires in March 2014. How do I renew my license? I received a notification in the mail from W5YI-VEC informing me that I could renew my license ...