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Cuban Government Jamming 40 meter US HAM BAND

Discussion in 'Videos and Podcasts' started by K4KKC, Jul 14, 2021.

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  1. K2PG

    K2PG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am hearing this interference in Pennsylvania. It fades in about an hour or two before local sunset and continues throughout the night.
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  2. N4ZAW

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    Ah! So their INTENT makes some difference to our responses during our hypothetical QSO on the local 'bla-bla net'? Of course, "our only real responsibility is to report the interference" as a "violation" --- But to whom? And what corrective actions do you honestly expect from a government agency frightened of angering their new bosses?
    Some would turn off the rig, place a dust cover over their disconnected equipment, and hope for a better year.. MY answer would be to spit in Cuba's eye by using the bands, over, under and through their jamming efforts, which was my point (the validity of which, was swiftly questioned). And sure, there are hams in Alaska and Oregon, who may be in a QSO on 40M, or 80M as I type this, who are wondering, "WHAT interference? I don't hear a thing!". But here in SW Florida, 'it is a thing', you'll just have to take my word on that, if you can.
    Don't sweat it, as we Floridians don't sweat it either. We are resilient & resourceful. So regardless of the "intent" of those interfering, we will figure out how to proceed. As for me and my station, I'll continue to do what I've learned that WORKS.
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  3. KG5RKP

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    The reason your hypothetical doesn't apply is that in your scenario the people were jamming you. One doesn't jam a transmitter - they jam a receiver. They do that because by the time a KW in PA gets to Cuba, it's microwatts - and it's easy to throw some noise at that. Hopefully now you see why getting on the phone as a way to deter jamming isn't useful here - especially since the hams on the island don't have phone service... TLDR - it's not just about Floridians talking with PA - it's about US hams trying to stay in touch with their families in Cuba.

    BTW - we have details in this thread that covers the 'to whom' part. IARU reporting process with reports filed with our nation's org - ours is the ARRL.
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  4. KM4OZ

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    Thanks for those practical reporting details. And I look forward to seeing what any eventual FCC report looks like.
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  5. N4ZAW

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    I'm not giving you a hard time about how you, or anyone else, (including the FCC) handles it. I'm giving you a hard time about you tying to convince me there's nothing at all I can do about it, or to simply enjoy it, and go watch a little TV until this blows over. You won't.
    I've stated my opinion and personal solution (temporary, I hope) to this issue.
    It works for me, as long as my contact still feels like 'playin' radio'. How my transmissions OTA are perceived by others is their business.
    I'm done. My work here is through (See avatar)...
  6. KG5RKP

    KG5RKP Ham Member QRZ Page

    We can fix this, then: I'm definitely telling you or anyone else that there's nothing you can do about it. We actually have a required task - to document and report. Part 2 - of course! Keep operating and keep working through, around, over, under the QRM - we have no challenge here! There's a third area, though, as has been documented here: The folks trying to keep in touch with their families on the island are limited to a fairly narrow area of spectrum because of the nature of the Cuban ham's rigs. Most of them aren't running the newest $7000 hybrid SDR appliance from Japan - they're building their own equipment or repairing old gear - to the point of re-winding transformers. Not many US hams are up for that sort of "improvise, adapt, overcome" scrounging and repair. "If your contact still feels like 'playin' radio'." How about if your contact is in desperate need of getting word out to their kids? Not everyone on this spinning rock is 'playing' radio. That's an important point.

    ETA...We relied on radio here in Texas last Feb during the freeze. The attitude and skills needed then don't become less important when it's not happening here.
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  7. K4PDX

    K4PDX Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's pretty bad but plenty of room.

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  8. KP4SX

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    Nobody in Cuba is using homebuilt rigs anymore. Maybe not the latest Flex , though. They have VFOs and bandswitches nowadays :)
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  9. K4KKC

    K4KKC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Where is the American Radio Relay League?
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  10. K4KKC

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