2 Meters … The New CB Band Of Interference?

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

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  1. W0RIO

    W0RIO Ham Member QRZ Page

    That sounds like a better approach than unloading your Remington 12 gauge in their direction.
    Just like CBers, there are a certain percentage of these guys who like to play with radios. Why not
    tap into that potential pool and find the guys who might make good hams?

    My first confirmed radio contact was as a kid playing with a Radio Shack walkie talkie, a friend and I were
    QRMing a St. Louis MO high powered CBer named "Moondog". He actually came back to us and told us
    kids to get off of his channel ;-) My reaction: Wow, this thing actually works!
    WB9RRU, W1TRY and AC7DD like this.
  2. GW0GHF

    GW0GHF Ham Member QRZ Page

    One of the purposes of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is to discourage unlicensed operation on radio waves whether its top band (160m) or UHF (70 cms ) Join today ! It costs only about £5 per month to join. See their website~~ just type in RSGB to google search. (from Brian de GW0GHF. Wales, UK)
  3. N1WT

    N1WT Ham Member QRZ Page

    So there are taxis, tow trucks and Chinese food delivery guys being dispatched on 2m and we need a long and scathing indictment of an entire
    sport? 2m has long been an opportune target for people who want cheap communications and don't want licensing hurdles. This has way less to do with
    paramotoring than it does with the virtual discontinuation of enforcement by the FCC not only in the amateur spectrum but in LMR, broadcasting and other services. I am less offended by a few adrenaline junkies using 2m than by the licensed operators who make a zoo out of the band.

    I agree with WB0RIO that extending an olive branch in the form of an invitation to help them get a license is a much better route than jumping up and down waving your fists in the air. My wife took online tests for less than a week (20 minutes per day or about 2 hours total) and managed a respectable
    passing score on the tech exam. She admits to knowing nothing but she memorized the answers and is legal. If these guys are smart enough to fly around under a bed sheet with a motor on a backpack and not kill themselves they can easily pass the tech exam.
    KW4ZW, WU8Y, WQ4G and 1 other person like this.
  4. N1WT

    N1WT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Aha. So now you see that there are people who take amateur radio way too seriously. It is a hobby. I figured that out when I saw an add for actual ham radio operator badges in an amateur publication. Badges? Really?

    We are not so special and there are a lot bigger problems in the world than sports enthusiasts of one sort or another using 2m to talk to each other.

    Paramotoring actually sounds like fun and if they don't have people who are uptight and potentially homicidal among them maybe it is a more relaxing hobby than amateur radio. :)
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  5. K3UJ

    K3UJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have been hearing a repeater on 146.575. I thought that was simplex only.
    Seems to be in NJ.
  6. KI6PMD

    KI6PMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I bet they are all using 40$ Baofeng's up there ! & yes they should be on VHF air band so they don't end up in the intake of a fast mover ! & listen there & use MURS or FRS or GMRS ! I hope they fly better then they THINK !!! 73
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  7. N2UHC

    N2UHC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not really. $30 for one Baofeng, or around $20 for a pair of FRS/GMRS radios.
    K4XJ and AC7DD like this.
  8. N2UHC

    N2UHC Ham Member QRZ Page

    "They" are too busy playing whack-a-mole with FM band pirates in Miami or the NYC area. If you read the Enforcement Bureau notices, that's about all they have listed, unless it's a TV or Radio station not keeping a log book or running less power than they're supposed to.
  9. N2UHC

    N2UHC Ham Member QRZ Page

    We don't need no stinkin' badges...
  10. N3HGB

    N3HGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    A few points:
    1. I have never ever heard anything like this. If this is common, I assume we have recordings?
    2. Air band radios are not ideal for coordinating with ground crews besides for being expensive.
    3. 2 Meters FM seems dead most places. If we actually do have all these people that want to use 2 meters, why not recruit them?
    4. I am a pilot and I think I would notice if powered parachute use was "exploding". Outside of an airshow, I rarely see these things.
    K4XJ, W8YIH, AC7DD and 4 others like this.

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