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Is it legal for a non-profit to use ham radios for emergency purposes?

In the United States, Under the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47, §97.113 "Prohibited transmissions": (a) No amateur station shall transmit (2) Communications for hire or for material ...
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Is using /AE compulsory?

The key wording is in 97.9(b) as referenced in 97.119: ...is authorized to exercise the rights and privileges of the higher operator class... and 97.119 says: "When the control operator is a ...
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Why does ARRL license examination procedure preclude students from discovering what questions they got wrong on licensing tests

Having participated as a volunteer examiner in a few test sessions, I think there are a number of reasons this is the case: We tend to quietly give the pass/fail results — and should offer the number ...
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Is it legal for a non-profit to use ham radios for emergency purposes?

As I understand it, it's legal under FCC rules for anyone, licensed or not, to use any frequency or mode of radio communication as necessary in an emergency. This includes, but is not limited to, ...
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What are the regulation requirements for running a repeater?

The regulations for an amateur radio repeater are fairly minimal. To answer your specific questions: "Does one need a particular license?" Your license must permit transmissions on the repeater ...
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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. Unfortunately, this is not likely legal. Business radio is licensed under the FCC's Part 90 rules; those ...
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Can a ham license be used for a job?

The answer is YES! Nothing in the rules prevents you from using the existence of your license to help you get a job. If you plan on going into a radio/TV/Cable engineering job, a amateur radio ...
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Where to apply for an amateur LTE radio license in the USA?

I am a UK licensed Radio Amateur with some 39 years experience. I also design and build LTE cellular systems for a living. The best suited Amateur Radio spectrum for LTE operation is the 2.3 GHz ...
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Full UK license visiting US: Can I use frequencies in US but not UK license?

You're correct in your understanding about region: given that you're operating in a part of the US that is in Region 2 (there are a few US overseas territories in Region 3), you need to conform to the ...
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How do I legally use a Baofeng UV-5R radio for communication?

In the United States, for the most part, all radio transmissions fall into one of three categories: The operator is allowed to transmit on that frequency (amateur, "business band", aviation, military,...
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Testing blind license applicants

When testing applicants that are vision impaired we use versions of the test that do not include any diagrams. I am a VE and there is a state school for the deaf and blind near us so we have had ...
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Extra class first?

An advantage of how the exams are administered is that you can take as many exams as you want (until you fail one) in one sitting. You start by taking the technician exam. Provided you pass that, you ...
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Use amateur radio frequencies for commercial purpose

This is answered somewhat in this question already, and the answer is no. And I will add some passages about the broadcasting part. To quote the relevant rule §97.113: §97.113 Prohibited ...
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Is ham the only non-criminal/civil broadcasting a person can do that doesn't own a shortwave radio station?

For clarity, I am splitting your question "Is HAM the only legal way to broadcast on shortwave radio?" into two parts: Is ham radio a legal way to broadcast on shortwave from the USA? Under what ...
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What Frequencies Are Open To People Without A License?

The Anchorage ARC VEC administers remote amateur radio license examinations to interested people living in the US and Canada who can't attend an in-person test because they're too far away from a ...
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GMRS Call Sign for Technician

You will need to continue to use your GMRS on GRMS frequencies with GMRS radios and once you get it your ham call sign on ham frequencies. The call signs for GMRS have a different format than ham ...
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What are the regulation requirements for running a repeater?

WA9ZZZ's answer missed the issue of control of the repeater. The repeater must be under control of one or more control operators, or under automatic control, at all times when the repeater is on. ...
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How long does it take the FCC to process vanity requests?

If you submit your application online on a federal workday (Monday to Friday, except holidays), even after hours, it is considered received that day. If you submit your application on a weekend or a ...
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Would the same callsign be issued after a license has fully lasped?

The grace period is two years. You can renew your license within the grace period, but after that, the call sign will be available for reassignment. If you were to take and pass an exam after the ...
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Can you request a vanity call sign when passing the exam?

You will have to be assigned a call sign first. To apply for a vanity, you will need an FCC Registration Number (FRN). The rule is that you cannot receive a vanity call sign from a call sign group for ...
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Can a ham license be used for a job?

If you get a ham license, can you, later on, get a job with that license, or at least display it on a resume. Is that possible. The other answers already cover this pretty thoroughly, so in short: ...
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License problem in Spain

Spain accepts the HAREC Certificate and licences from Argentina, Australia, Brasil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, United States of America and Venezuela as equivalent to passing Spanish radio ...
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Can I use APRS over TCPIP without ham license?

I don't know Europe's regulations, but in the US under the FCC's jurisdiction, the onus is on the station operator to prevent unauthorized transmissions. An unlicensed individual using APRS on the ...
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Is ham the only non-criminal/civil broadcasting a person can do that doesn't own a shortwave radio station?

is HAM the only legal way to broadcast on shortwave radio? No. An Amateur Radio ("ham") license doesn't even allow you to broadcast. In most jurisdictions, including the US-American one, amateur ...
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Do volunteer exam coordinators provide accommodations for applicants with visual impairments?

Yes, volunteer exam coordinators must provide accommodations for applicants with visual impairments. For the best experience, please contact the test team in advance so they can best prepare for your ...
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How to check HAM license status - India - Grade One License?

For renewal of Amateur Radio Transmitting licence the following are required: A letter requesting renewal of licence Copy of original license along with copy of last renewed intimation (if it has ...
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Can a ham license be used for a job?

§97.113 Prohibited transmissions states: (a) No amateur station shall transmit: (1) Communications specifically prohibited elsewhere in this part; (2) Communications for hire or for material ...
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Can a ham license be used for a job?

Amateur radio prohibits being paid to transmit. However, nothing in the amateur radio rules prohibits you from using skills developed as an amateur radio operator in a professional setting. Part of ...
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Extra class first?

Asking to take the Extra first is a complication for the people administering your test, and going straight to a group A callsign isn't worth it. If you want a nice one, you can request a vanity ...
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What are the requirements of the address given for a US licence?

The requirement of the address is that it be a mailing address that they can use to communicate with you. It does not need to be a residential address, and it does not even need to be uniquely yours, ...
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