Cuban Government Jamming 40 meter US HAM BAND

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

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  1. KG5RKP

    KG5RKP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, it's been addressed a number of times. The Cuban ham bands are the same as ours in the US. Propagation is such that 40 works to connect Cuban hams with families in the US, while the higher bands don't. While some hams have commercial gear, many others have homebuilt gear. People bringing home very little money each month don't have the luxury of some of the equipment many of us have. US hams that regularly talk with family and friends in Cuba have reported that the jamming is following them around the band. Every time they QSY, a new line of jamming shows up the next day and shuts that down. Finally - jamming is used to deafen receivers, not block transmitters. The problem isn't getting signals out of Cuba - it's being able to reply and have them hear 'us'. (Yes, the 'rest of the problem' is that the jamming is disrupting comms inside the US, but I don't expect that to be the primary mission of the jammers.)
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  2. K2CD

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  3. KG5RKP

    KG5RKP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Has anyone filed reports with ARRL and IARU?
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  4. W7RPK

    W7RPK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Did you try to do politics over the ham band? Is that why they are jamming now?
  5. K4KKC

    K4KKC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Please watch the following video and hopefully your questions might be answered.
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  6. K4KKC

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  7. KG5RKP

    KG5RKP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Another jamming report filed. This one to ARRL (HQ and IARU liaison), and IARU boss and Region 2 monitoring point of contact.

    Still no response from IARU personnel. I have heard back from ARRL.
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  8. KG5RKP

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    That was a great conversation! There was plenty there, but two huge takeaways for me is that the Cuban "technician equivalent" license is limited to roughly the US AE portion of the band. That's where the younger hams are, and that's why the government is jamming that portion of the band.

    The second is this - this what the jamming looked like from Camaguey, Cuba on the 15th (Source: CO7WT/Pavel twitter
    That's 15000 W of jamming 200 meters from this ham's QTH. How many of you think that 1500W and a 5 element beam is going to be heard in Camaguey?
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2021
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  9. KG5RKP

    KG5RKP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Folks, the ARRL and IARU need a push. If you don't send reports, at least email them both and let them know you want them to get the Cuban jamming off our band. Thanks
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  10. K0UO

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    The 1st week stated many of us tried it and we just got blown off.
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