2 Meters … The New CB Band Of Interference?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WB4IME, Nov 5, 2018.

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  1. K8XG

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    I am not supporting their illegal use, just pointing a few things out. They probably found out the Bubble pack GMRS/FRS channels are all crowed with Kids, Pool guards, or Drive thru lines. Much more traffic on those then 2-meters in my Metro area, especially if your up in the air hundreds of feet. Same reason I hear Hunters using Marine VHF radios far from water. I doubt its the next CB issue except probably near some large PP attractive locations.
     
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  2. KT4RK

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    DING DING! You win the prize!
     
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  3. K8XG

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    Yes this is a bigger threat and getting larger every month with the DMR hot spots set to UHF up-links all over.
     
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  4. KA2PBO

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    [​IMG] Drone and hang glider rounds

    "PULL !"
     
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  5. W3ATT

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    What frequency have you heard them on? I'm "policing" the band and I don't hear anything.
     
  6. KL7GLK

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    Hell, if you hear them, just Jam them.
    They can only be floating around up there for so long and if done this will send them else where.
    Teach these clowns a lesson.
    They have plenty to do just staying alive up there to screw around with radio's - they don't need 'co-channel' interference- they'll catch on real pronto, believe me.
     
  7. K4KWH

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    Yessir! You can't "interfere" with illegal stations who have no business on the frequency to start with.
     
  8. N4MIT

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    well what do you expect when they can get a $35 handi-talkie? Frankly I couldn't care less about 2 meters or 70cm as far as that goes. You wanted these cheap handi-talkies, now deal with it.
     
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  9. NA5WH

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    I'm not sure if I would say their sport is unregulated, part 103 has some pretty clear regulations on when, where, maximum weights, what what airspaces, etc. But yes, due to the relatively inexpensive equipment (probably $6,000 all told if new), does, like import cheap radios, generally lead to abuse. Also, most PPCs are actually not FAR Part 103 and do require an FAA sport license. Almost all of the people have PPGs that are FAR 103 compliant (under 254 lbs, less than 5 gallons fuel, etc).

    That said everyone I know that does PPG has aviation band, but then again I live a major metro and there are planes EVERYWHERE and not having aviation band radio is certain trouble once outside of the surface to 400 agl. And PPG is legal up to just under 18,000 feet... provided not going into B, C, or Surface-Level-E, (or D without tower approval).

    But yes, it is how CB is and how radio-controlled planes were (RIP rc planes with the most recent faa authorization .. 'drones').. There are rules, and sadly there are those who break them. And at least like drones, eventually they will be regulated, because of the safety concerns. (FAA has done a lot to expand the ability to get an actual pilots license the last decade or so).

    But 2M interference has been around for quite some time. I remember when I got my license decades ago and started in 2M .. how often I heard it. Sadly FCC usually only goes after routine severe interference. Personally I would play fox hunt and try to promote positive use of amateur radio. Imagine if one could get a class in field day that allowed a transmitter outside the 1000 foot circle ... or maybe make the 1000 foot circle on the ground extend up to 1200 feet AGL... talk about some nice 6M, 2M, 440 contacts that could be made.. :)

    Of course really with how easy the ham license is to obtain, kind of sad not to see more promotion of the legal use of ham radio.
    But yeah, the main reasons 2M is the target is $20 radios, with a lot of "empty" "channels" (as the ppg page seems to describe it).
     
  10. W1YW

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    Actually his renewal was apparently held by the FCC for 6 years, but granted. Not revoked. Note correction.
     

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