FCC Extends Waiver Permitting Use of PACTOR 4 for Hurricane Relief Efforts

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KS2G, Sep 6, 2019.

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  1. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nope.
    There is no legitimate reason to restrict USA ham radio to a 300 symbol per second limit on HF data/texting.
    It was simply an old blue law left over from the late 20th century.

    The 300 baud rule is part of the antiquated Technology Jail of ye olde FCC rules.

    Another blue law in ham radio's Technology Jail:
    Content-based HF sub-band assignments.

    The Technology Jail only applies to USA.
    Other countries don't have this Technology Jail.

    The story goes... back in the 1980s, as packet radio was first taking off, some ARRL codgers got together in a smoky back room. They wanted less of that "new-fangled computer stuff" around the HF ham bands. So, they talked FCC into hobbling data throughput, in an attempt to stem the growth of HF digital technology. Their plan actually worked for a while. For 30 years, it has kept USA back in the digital stone age, while other countries developed advanced HF technology.
     
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  2. ND6M

    ND6M Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bonnie,............. singing her one note song ,.......again
     
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  3. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Singing "the greatest hits of the last century".
     
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  4. K0IDT

    K0IDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Agreed, it needs to go but, do you still want to put everyone into channelized jail hell?
     
  5. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I prefer Freedom.
    I'm old enough to remember when we were free.
     
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  6. K4WWK

    K4WWK Ham Member QRZ Page

    During a hurricane, be ready. However, accessible alternate means should be employed when they are available. Hurricanes are not for hobbyists.
     
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  7. VK3VM

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    Some background on these restrictions are there to protect all from threats to our way of life (i.e. organised terrorism) etc. Higher data bandwidths = the possibility of this to be used for literally untraceable endpoint comms !

    Yet as a paradox the FCC permits something that Bin-Laden exploited - Internationally licensed are unable and not required to list actual address on their licence; remailer addresses or mates can be used.

    Now isn't that what occurred in "911" with pilot training?

    The best security is to be open and be several steps ahead I say !
     
  8. KK5JY

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    Well said.
     
  9. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ah yes. Organized terrorism is NO MATCH for an FCC imposed 300 baud limit. "Sorry, no attack today, we're stymied by a HF data limit law..."
     
  10. NP2G

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    Frequency dependent is a MBO requirement for general use. Like amtor or pactor you can call CQ and have a contact I would hope you respect the band plan .
    The Baud rate Yes was limited so the "Authorities" could monitor . Now However our tax monies have paid for some pretty fancy electronics Capable of monitoring just about anything.
    With Bin-Laden it was the coded encryption that was used . Not the baud rate . Gee we now even have this on our I phones !!!

    So the limit could easily be changed (Rule mod) as the technology has changed.

    Since presently our government agency ,the FCC , seems to not enforce anything , amateur related ,which does not net them a substantial fine . It really isn't channelization , Its the destruction by some amateurs from within ,totally dis regarding the rules .
     

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