Ham radio and religious broadcasts...

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by VE3GZB, Aug 10, 2018.

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  1. K1FBI

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    Would that be the same for multiple contests, Sprint's, special event stations, etc. basically every weekend??
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  2. WB2WIK

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    I believe so.

    Where is your advanced degree from?:)
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  3. WW2E

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    Here is a picture of the graves of some of the Americans that have died attempting to preserve our right to express our religious views both on and off the air. The picture represents far less than 1% of those who have fought and died to sustain our fundamental rights of free speech and religious expression.

    The answer to your question is: Yeah, it's legal. We're Americans.

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  4. WF7A

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    Nope--completely different.
  5. N2EY

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    His claim was that it was "code practice". But that wasn't the problem.

    The problem was that he did it almost continuously, which caused folks to wonder about there being a control operator present and in control of the station at all times. There wasn't - and IIRC the FCC told him to stop, and he did.

    From what I have read of the early days of radio, "broadcasting" by amateurs wasn't illegal at first. In those days only a few hams could get voice transmitters on the air anyway.

    But as Radio (meaning broadcasting) developed as a business, the "professional" broadcasters didn't want the competition from "amateurs". So the rules were gradually changed, until finally broadcasting, and the transmission of music, were banned from US amateur radio.
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  6. N2EY

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    Matthew 6:5-6
    And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

    The following are based on what Matthew wrote:

    (Mandatory Amateur Radio content: While religious discussion is not and has never been illegal for US hams, there is a long standing tradition that such discussions aren't really the best choice for QSOs, due the high likelihood of rather unpleasant disagreements.

    What constitutes a "religious discussion" can itself be a topic of unpleasant disagreement. Decades ago it was SSB vs. AM, then transceivers vs. separates, then US made vs. imports, then tubes vs. solid state. Also, on VHF/UHF, vertical vs. horizontal polarization, then AM vs. FM, repeaters vs. simplex, etc. Nowadays it's (dare I say it?) "analog" vs. "SDR".
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  7. N8AFT

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    And so why would this not be construed as a code practice session?
  8. N2EY

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    Because there wasn't a control operator on duty. The transmitter was going pretty much 24/7, without a control operator present. Nor was it a beacon, because there are specific rules about beacons.

    He could have stayed on the air with his operation if he'd just followed the rules.

    He didn't learn his lessons well.
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  9. WD4IGX

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    Is FT8 really ham radio, and how well will the new Ten-Tec rigs work for the mode?

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  10. KY5U

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    And now for something completely different:

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