Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 87

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  1. K4JDH

    K4JDH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sometimes things just happen. Alinco makes two versions of the DJ-500, standard amateur and commercial "T". Distributors can get the two switched at the warehouse.
    I discovered this while reading the manual. A phone call soon followed.:eek:
  2. AJ4EM

    AJ4EM Ham Member QRZ Page

    so if you're skilled and knowledgeable enough to build a radio, does that mean you are illegal? What's stopping you from building one that can transmit where you're not licensed?

    Stop and think about what you're saying guys, if it's the transmitting and not the owning that's illegal, then just say that. No need to tell an untruth to scare somebody.
  3. K4NWJ

    K4NWJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    For the Americans that have responded with less than stellar criticism, y'all did take notice that the originating author is from Australia?
  4. KJ6SVS

    KJ6SVS Ham Member QRZ Page

    There was a recent news article here in California, where a citizen witnessed a sheriff officer in a collision. He attended to the officer, and used the officer's motorcycle radio without a licence to request help. He commended for his actions, and personally thanked by the officer.

    By the way, here in the US, the MARS/CAP program is alive an well. For instance, the USAF website for information is, and requires 12 hours of service per quarter year. CAP is
  5. W4HM

    W4HM XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    To many American hams just feel the need to argue no matter the subject, to much cranium inserted in the anium. seems to be the place to be to piss and moan constantly.

    When I owned an Icom IC-756 Pro 2 I had to do the MARS mod in order to use it on 60 meters. I also had to do the MARS mod on my Icom IC-756 Pro 3 to operate on the new 60 meter band frequency of 5357 kHz.

    I now own an Icom IC-7410 and IC-7600 but there is no need to do the MARS mod on these rigs as I'm no longer in MARS.
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  6. N8VIL

    N8VIL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't think it matters if you have a radio in your possession that transmits out of band. If you stay in the band that you are supposed to use and are responsible, I don't see the issue. I have a lot of items in my possession that could be used irresponsibly, knives, saws, guns, baseball bats and clubs. But I don't because I am responsible. Probably a bad analogy but my two worthless cents.
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  7. KZ6TOD

    KZ6TOD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have scene this question debated many times on here. What I am still at a lost is what frequency on what band does it provide?
  8. VK2YES

    VK2YES Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Guy's, originally I am from the Netherlands, and in 1959 we had a major flood. A lot of foreign country's tryed to help us by dropping of food supplies and others needs. Unfortunately the pilots dropped most of it in the flooded parts. Till some ham radio opperaters built a radio to communicate to the pilots where to drop off there goods to make things useful. My thought off the whole discussion is : if you can safe lives by using "out of band" frequencies, do it.
    As a example I do a lot of bushcamping without any phone reception. Just in case that any person is in a deadly situation I will use out off band frequencies to safe his life. If I wouldn't I would blame my self for the rest off my life.

    So do I own modified equipment? Yes, but I only would use it in life threatening situations.

    Is it illegal to use out off band equipment in those situation? Yes maybe, but if you can safe someone's life it's a honour to do it.

    And I also honour those ham operators who saved life's with our hobby.
    Hypocrites who don't think outside off the box they should give back they're license.
    What I want to say with this is that we have a w onderfull hobby
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  9. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Most of the companies producing amateur HF transceivers over the past 20 years have failed to properly design the radios for the 5 MHz band, 60 metres.

    It has thus been absolutely necessary for amateur operators to modify the transmit frequency range of their HF transceivers.

    For worldwide transceiver design compatibility, 60 metre band default programming should have the band limits at 5.050 MHz to 5.460 MHz.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2017
  10. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Once upon a time, ham radio operators designed and built radios.
    Hams freely modified surplus radios from broadcast, surplus military, and commercial radios.
    It was normal. There was respect for knowledge, skill, and ingenuity.

    Now, misguided attitudes have evolved into an assumption that everyone must be protected from anyone doing something technical, smart, or out of the ordinary.

    Grow a spine.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2017
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