Proper use of 146.52

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  1. KE0WPC

    KE0WPC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a friend who disagrees with me when I say that we shouldn’t send SSTV on 146.52 mainly because it’s a voice calling frequency and since we have the ability, we should use a different frequency (specifically an FM simplex frequency) but he refuses to use a different frequency. I think that if a simplex contact has been planned it shouldn’t take place on 52. In my opinion, this is just a factor of common sense and obvious best practice. I just want you’re thoughts on this.
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  2. WB2WIK

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    Who uses SSTV on 2m FM?
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  3. KM4FVI

    KM4FVI Ham Member QRZ Page

    All bets are off in today’s society! Time to seek a higher power…..

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  4. KA2BLG

    KA2BLG Ham Member QRZ Page

    That frequency is the voluntary US band plan. There no FCC regulation. Period. In mostly every place I’ve operated (outside my normal NJ/PA area) people are listening. It is routinely monitored by lots of people. Just because. Because ya gotta start somewhere.

    So, protocol, and decorum become the rule, or chaos is the rule. Protocol and common courtesy, that isn’t so common anymore, dictate once contact is established, you move to another frequency.

    Why is this even a question? Establish contact... leave the calling frequency, it’s a big band. Don’t be “that guy”. Step up and flat out refuse to be part of the problem; AND YOU WON’T BE!
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  5. WB2WIK

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    I've never even heard of or seen SSTV on 2m.

    It's legal but unusual, and I wouldn't clutter up the FM part of the band with it.

    Who uses SSTV on 2m?
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  6. KM4FVI

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  7. AG6QR

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    You wouldn't be breaking any law, but of all the possible frequencies to use, 146.52 is possibly the worst, at least from the standpoint of being polite to your fellow hams.

    I thought the only reasonable question to debate around that frequency was, "How long can I talk to someone on 146.52 before we should move to another frequency?"

    Certainly if you'll be tying up the frequency for more than a few minutes, politeness says you should move, perhaps to something like 146.55 or 146.58. There may be places where the frequency seems so quiet that it doesn't matter, but it costs you nothing to move off the calling frequency.

    SSTV or any other non-voice mode? Why would anybody consider 146.52 to be a good choice for that?
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  8. WL7PM

    WL7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some people apparently view the whole world as their ashtray.
    Best wishes in your attempt at teaching manners to your SSTV friend.
    If you are successful in the task, you will have made the world a better place.
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  9. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some use the whole world as their ash tray? (Maybe that's where they plunk their ashes...:rolleyes:) 146.52 is (yes, by voluntary GENTLEPERSON'S agreement) a national CALLING frequency, not an "operating" frequency. A reasonable individual (exercising common sense and/or common courtesy) will use it for it's intended purpose, and that is for CALLING and establishing a contact, and then move if they want to rag-chew. And at least on voice you can leave a brief period between transmissions in case someone else wants or needs the frequency; I don't see SSTV as being interrupted once it is started.
  10. WA7ARK

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    I routinely monitor .52 FM from ~12,000ft agl while flying. You might be surprised at some of the stuff I have heard... I was.
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