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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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Am I really receiving FT8 signals from 12,000 km away on 144 MHz?

I'd say these are simply corrupt. Take for example: 210113_163545 144.174 Rx FT8 -17 1.3 1247 J06NQY A68ITS/R R QM30 A68ITS doesn't seem to be a real call, ...
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Am I really receiving FT8 signals from 12,000 km away on 144 MHz?

210115_114630 144.174 Rx FT8 -17 -1.6 685 SIDE LOBE This is probably the one real one of the bunch, actually! The odds of random noise decoding as a freetext message with sensible English, ...
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Beginner listening to a repeater - only hearing one station

It is presumed that you were receiving on the 2m band. It appears that you were listening in, using 'repeater reverse' mode. In other words, you were listening in on the repeater's input frequency ...
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How to find transmitting (voice and CW) Amateur stations in UK?

The UK band plan for the 2m (VHF) band can be found here on the RSGB website. In the UK, the 2m band is between 144.000MHz and 146.000MHZ. Of note is the section 145.5935 - 145.7935MHz, which are the ...
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Full UK license visiting US: Can I use frequencies in US but not UK license?

As a UK license holder operating in the United States, you will be operating under CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01. According to the CEPT regulations(PDF), it explicitly states that: The CEPT Licence ...
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Will Brexit have any impact on UK recognition of foreign licenses

No. Yes. There's no particular reason to think so. The UK and the US have both adopted CEPT T/R 61-01 regarding reciprocal amateur operation. Despite the fact that CEPT is the "European ...
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How slow is slow telegraphy?

On the west coast USA there is a slow CW traffic net that meets each night on the 80 meter band. The rules for this net is nothing faster than 10 wpm. It is a dual purpose net, teaching traffic ...
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How slow is slow telegraphy?

QRS actually means "Please slow down" and is not really defined as a specific speed. So basically what they are trying to do is be as inclusive as possible. When I earned my Novice license ...
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Getting permission from the master of the vessel

Written permission or prohibition to bring ham radio gear on board is proffered by some of the large cruise lines. For example, Carnival gives written permission by way of their published policy where ...
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How do you calculate the field strength at a given distance?

The field strength in volts/meter as a function of effective radiated power and distance is given by: $$E=\frac{7.01\sqrt{P_{ERP}}}{d} \tag 1$$ where d is the distance from the radiating antenna in ...
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SDR set up that will TX & RX on CB, UHF and VHF

You didn't mention which country you're in, but in the US, it is only legal to transmit on CB with a "type-accepted" radio. In other words, the manufacturer of the radio must apply to the FCC for ...
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SDR set up that will TX & RX on CB, UHF and VHF

Reading about SDR I think I can have one single antenna and use the computer magic to allow me to work with all frequencies that antennae receives, am I mistaken? Well, I always explain it that way: ...
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Why is 431-432MHz forbidden for use in London?

The restrictions are due to MOD (Ministry of Defense, military) use. There are also some secondary business users in the spectrum. If you would look at the primary allocations in the UK, you might be ...
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Can I operate in the United Kingdom with a US license?

The short answer is YES you can operate in the UK if, 1) you hold an U.S. FCC ADVANCED or EXTRA class license. These two FCC license classes are recognized as a national (US) license that is ...
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How do I report an emergency using ham radio?

I used the 14.300 maritime net frequency to undeclare an emergency. My vessel was dismasted in the Gulf Stream during a Bermuda-Newport sailboat race in 2005. Had the situation been both urgent ...
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Is it all right to call CQ to a foreign country in their own language?

if it is legal, or desirable Radio Amateurs may use any language which they can speak. I am not aware that there are any countries where the use of, or the not-use of, a particular language is ...
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Will my neighbor's amateur RF antennas effect my own utilities?

The frequencies your neighbor would be transmitting are different than the ones your own communications would use. They should not interfere with your utilities. Occasionally, funny things like old ...
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Beginner listening to a repeater - only hearing one station

The concept is called "offset". The repeater is listening on one frequency, and is repeating it verbatim in real time on another frequency, but typically at a higher power so more people can hear it ...
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UK Foundation Licence holder use of kits

The normal answer is no. There is one exception however, in that if the Foundation holder is directly "operating under the supervision of a Full Licence holder". See Clause 7, para 2.76 and 2.77 of ...
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What are channels in British repeaters?

Yes, UK repeater frequencies are channelized; while our licences don't require us to use specific channels, Ofcom (regulator) has delegated repeater co-ordination to the RSGB (equivalent of ARRL in ...
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2m FM: where do I actually QSY to after establishing contact on 145.500?

According to this, the current UK band plan has FM and DV simplex use at 145.200-145.5935, channelized in 12.5 kHz steps. If you hear loud garbling on a particular channel, it's likely a DV ...
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Do I need to be a US citizen to be covered by CEPT when I travel and use a radio?

Ofcom, the official body of the UK governing spectrum usage, says itself that as a CEPT member itself it applies the CEPT recommendation T/R 61-01, which recommends: that CEPT member administrations ...
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Is it possible to boost WIFI signal?

It Is quite possibly illegal. Actually amplifying your router or extender wireless signal to extend its reach runs the risk of being illegal in many countries. Any wireless device sold in a country ...
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Is a Foundation or Intermediate license from the UK recognised in the US?

The US has no specific reciprocity agreement with the UK, but both countries have adopted CEPT T/R 61-01, which is what allows reciprocal operation between them. Only the UK full license is regarded ...
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Is it all right to call CQ to a foreign country in their own language?

It is ok. Hams may use any language they want if both sides agree to use it. If ham calls CQ in Arabic that is invitation to use that language in QSO.
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Is morse proficiency required for UK ham license?

There is now no Morse requirement for a UK amateur radio licence.
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Is there a DV VHF calling frequency in the UK?

The D-Star simplex frequencies in the UK are 144.6125 MHz, 438.6125 MHz and 1298.6125 MHz.
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How slow is slow telegraphy?

This may be a hold-over from when amateur licenses required Morse code. In the US, the entry level license (Novice) required 5 words per minute, and the next two levels required 13 wpm and 20 wpm. ...
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How do I get a license without being near a club?

Well, you're not going to like the answer, because it does seem to boil down to: Find a club. From what I can gather, the exams are done by RSGB so you'll need to schedule an examination date at one ...
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