In Petition For Rulemaking RM-11708...
Chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunication Bureau is being asked to initiate a rulemaking aimed at relieving our amateur
service of outdated, 1980s-era restrictions that presently hamper or preclude Amateur Radio experimentation with modern High
Frequency (HF) and other data transmission protocols. Read W3BE's comments filed with our regulator.
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GET YOUR OWN PERSONALIZED
HAM CALL SIGN
enjoy using someone else’s ham station to make two-way radio contacts?
Then consider getting your own FCC call sign.
There is no license fee, no age restriction, and no U.S. citizenship requirement. You only have to answer correctly 26 out of 35 written
questions. The quickest, easiest, and
inexpensive way is to memorize the answers in BE Informed EXAMINATIONS No. 2.9 W3BE's NOTES - Get Your Call Sign. Take/retake the free on-line practice examinations until
you pass consistently. Then visit a VE session near you for a license examination.
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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL REPEATERS! The next time you key up a repeater, consider that someone has paid
- and is paying - money so that you can do just that. There is the initial equipment cost, maintenance/upgrades, and that
steady monthly electric bill to pay. Every one of us who uses a repeater system regularly should be helping support our repeater
cannot charge for their services because Section 97.113(a)(2) says No amateur station shall transmit for hire or for material compensation,
direct or indirect, paid or promised, except as otherwise provided in the rules. There are, moreover, no exceptions in
the FCC rules for our amateur service that would authorize our repeater providers to charge. There is, however, no rule that
would preclude you from making a voluntary contribution to a repeater cost-sharing fund. Some repeater groups fund their repeaters
with money from club dues and other money raising events.
So please support at least one repeater in your locality. If you are a heavy user of multiple repeaters,
support all of those whose services you use regularly.
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|Base of 200 foot tower
In the Greater Washington, DC area, the K3WX repeater is the premier system of them all providing excellent
coverage throughout the Washington, DC and Baltimore metro areas. Its provider is the Ashton (MD) Communications Group with
Tony Faiola, K3WX, as its perennial club President and founder. Website http://www.ashtonradio.org/.
Although the system provides open access on numerous
bands, the workhorse channel is 147.000(-) MHz. Contrary to the built-in 147.000(+) MHz programming on many late model transceivers,
the K3WX 2-meter repeater has been using the 146.400 MHz input channel for over 40 years, predating most band plans which
currently indicate it can be either a simplex or a repeater channel.
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Q. We have a local ham driving everyone nuts complaining about needing to ID at the end
of a conversation. He states that anything said after the call sign is illegal and would require another ID; Things like (call
sign) clear, (call sign) monitoring, etc. My understanding is that if the call is included in the last
transmission, that meets the requirement. What's your take?
A. The rule to which he is referring is in Section 97.119(a). It says that each amateur station, except a space station or telecommand
station, must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every
10 minutes during a communication, for the purpose of clearly making the source of the transmissions from the station known
to those receiving the transmissions. Because W3BE does not speculate on what hams can or cannot get away with, we'll
leave it at that.
But let us not
allow the rules to stand in the way of some pontification about our antiquated protocols for station identification.
They were barely appropriate for the 20th Century, let alone for the 21st. They are how-to-ism
artifacts from the very beginnings of wireline telegraphy and they attract nit-picking. Station identification
can and should be carried out automatically in the background - probably using some contemporary techniques brought over from
other radio services - and shown on a viewable display. For more on this, read BE Informed STATION IDENTIFICATION ANNOUNCEMENT
No. 4.3 ID Every 10 Minutes.
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Q. Can I use my amateur station to sell items?
A. That might be feasible in places where our amateur service is regulated by the FCC. Section 97.113(a)(3) says:
No amateur station shall transmit:
(1) Communications specifically prohibited elsewhere in this part;
(2) Communications for hire or
for material compensation, direct or indirect, paid or promised, except as otherwise provided in these rules;
(3) Communications in
which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer,
with the following exceptions:
(ii) An amateur operator may notify other amateur operators of the availability for sale or
trade of apparatus normally used in an amateur station, provided that such activity is not conducted on a regular basis.
Additionally, Section 97.113(a)(3)(i) provides exceptions for professional communicators. For Q/A on this in-transition issue, read BE Informed BE Informed BASICS No. 1.19 Selling Items Over Ham Radio.
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W3BE LIBRARY CATALOG
1.0 W3BE CHECKLISTS - Review your duties before causing or allowing a station to transmit.
1.1 RADIOFREQUENCY RADIATION SAFETY - Know what you are signing on FCC or NCVEC Forms 605.
AMATEUR STATION ANTENNA STRUCTURES.
1.3 QUIET ZONE DIRECTORY - Is your station in a quiet zone? What to do about it.
1.4 60 METER RULES - Extraordinary sharing arrangements.
1.5 CAN I TAKE A JOB AS A PROFE$$IONAL COMMUNICATOR?
1.6 HAMS AT SEA - Amateur radio aboard ship.
1.7 CAN I USE A CHINESE RADIO?
1.8 RECIPROCAL OPERATION - Amateur service privileges for non-U.S. citizens.
1.9 ALL ABOUT THIRD PARTY COMMUNICATIONS.
1.10 WHAT WAS INCENTIVE LICENSING? Our most controversial era?
GEPS AND GAPS - Good engineering and good amateur practices.
1.12 HAMSLANGUAGE - Understand what hams are saying.
1.13 VISITING OPERATORS - Q & A.
1.14 TERMS USED IN PART 97 - Understand the meaning of our rules.
1.15 WHAT IS AN AMATEUR STATION?
1.16 OF LICENSES AND CALL SIGNS
1.17 WHAT IS OUR REAL PURPOSE? - Were you mislead by your instructor?
1.18 HOW STEADY MUST MY TRANSMITTER BE? - It's all up to you to get it right.
1.19 SELLING ITEMS OVER HAM RADIO - There is one set of are rules for bona fide amateurs and another set for professional
1.20 AM I STILL AN AMATEUR? - Is your interest in radio technique still solely with a personal aim and without a pecuniary interest?
1.21 WHO CAN USE MY HAM STATION? - Other than the control operators that I choose to designate?
1.22 DIGI-STANDARDS - Where and how in our rules they are specified.
LICENSE EXAMINATIONS No.
2.0 WHAT DO HAMS REALLY NEED TO KNOW AND WHEN DO THEY NEED TO KNOW IT?
WHO IS IN CHARGE OF OUR VE SYSTEM?
2.2 SO, I'M A VE, NOW WHAT?
2.3 CAN VES
AND SCOS USE A/V?
2.4 GET OUR POOLS RIGHT! - Report delivered
at VEC Conference.
2.5 LET'S GO VE GREEN!
I DON'T HAVE TIME TO STUDY - Who will take the
exam for me?
2.7 IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER QUESTION
POOL RESET - Incorporating our regulator's strategy for public safety and homeland security,
protocols for sharing our amateur service spectrum with professional communicators, accommodating the general citizenry worldwide,
and obliging unlicensed/under-licensed operators.
GOTA: QUALIFIER? - The rule amendments that would be necessary
and the argument for their adoption. 2.9 W3BE's NOTES -
GET YOUR HAM CALL SIGN - Memorize these questions and answers, then take/retake the free practice examinations. Then you can probably ace the VEs' exams.
2.10 W3BE's NOTES - BECOME A GENERAL. Memorize these questions and answers, then take/retake the free practice examinations until you pass. Then you
can probably pass the VEs' exams.
3.0 SECTION 97.113 SMELL TEST - Never send any communication unless you can answer "No" to every
3.1 AMATEUR VOLUNTEER MAINTENANCE
HOW THE FCC IMPLEMENTS ITU RADIO REGULATIONS.
COLLECTION OF EXCUSES - Reasons cited for not complying with the FCC rules.
3.4 READ THE RULES & HEED THE RULES - Arguments for complying
with the FCC rules.
3.5 WE ARE REGULATABLE (Aren't we?)
3.6 NO BROADCASTING! - Not on our ham bands.
3.7 What To Keep in Your Station Records.
IDENTIFICATION ANNOUNCEMENTS No.
WHICH CALL SIGN? - When someone wants to use your station apparatus or vice-versa.
4.1 APPENDING A SELF-ASSIGNED INDICATOR TO YOUR STATION CALL SIGN.
4.2 ABOUT THAT STATION ID.
4.3 ID EVERY
ID PETITION - Recognition for hams who served in our military.
PARTY MESSAGE-STATING PARTICIPANTS No.
5.0 OUR TPMSP "CLASS."
5.1 THE VPOD PROTOCOL - For non- and under-licensed persons.
5.2 WHERE'S THE RULE? - About those extraordinary GOTA rules.
5.3 WHO MUST THROW THE BIG RED SWITCH? - Can the control operator's timely decisions really be carried out properly by a third party message-speaking participant?
5.4 Techs On 20 - Can Technicians operate SSB on 20-meters now?
CLUB STATIONS No.
6.0 DOCUMENT OF ORGANIZATION GO-BY - Put It In Your Station Records.
OBTAINING A CLUB STATION LICENSE GRANT.
6.3 CONTROL OPERATOR DESIGNATION - For club station license trustees.
PROVIDING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS No.
7.0 EMERGENCY! - Essential communications until normal communications services are restored.
7.1 VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
- FCC suggestions.
7.2 WHAT IS RACES? - Using amateur stations for civil defense communications.
7.3 CAN THE EMERGENCY PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATORS COMMANDEER OUR CHANNELS?
7.4 WHAT SHOULD NON-PROFESSIONAL AMATEUR OPERATORS DO WHEN PROVIDING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS?
BRING BACK THE DISASTER RADIO SERVICE.
7.6 PHONE BAND DIPOLE DIMENSIONS - One of our most
popular HF antennas.
SPECIAL OPERATIONS No.
8.0 REPEATER, REMOTE BASE, AND OTHER SYSTEMS.
8.1 SOME THINGS ABOUT REPEATERS THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW.
8.2 IS MY REMOTE BASE OK?
8.3 FREQUENCY COORDINATION - For auxiliary and repeater stations.
9.0 HISTORIC PLACES FOR PRE-RADIO TELEGRAPHY ENTHUSIASTS TO VISIT
9.1 QCWA 2009 CARIBBEAN CRUISE
9.2 ALBUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA 2011
10.0 THE AMATEUR OPERATOR PRIVILEGES-REQUIREMENT DISCONNECT.
10.1 FILING COMMENTS ON FCC RULE MAKING PROPOSALS.
10.2 HOW TO OBTAIN A DECEASED HAM'S FORMER CALL SIGN. 10.3 W3BE COMMENTS IN WT DOCKET NO. 12-283 - Easier to re-enter, knowledge retention, forgery, easier to enter, emission type FXD.