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Friendly Reminder About Amateur Radio Repeater Use:

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Friendly Reminder About Amateur Radio Repeater Use:  
by KE4ZHN on November 24, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Why doesn't the control operator shut the machine down like he is legally obligated to do under part 97 rules then? Whining about pirates won't keep them off the machine. Shutting it off every time one tries will.
RE: Friendly Reminder About Amateur Radio Repeater Use:  
by K5TED on November 24, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
"We have recently experienced unlicensed operators accessing out repeater and testing new Baofeng Radio's that picked up cheap and were testing for use for another hobby." is a pretty useless statement. FAIL.

As for shutting down the repeater every time an unlicensed transmission is repeated.. Pirate's Wet Dream.
Friendly Reminder About Amateur Radio Repeater Use:  
by AD5TD on November 24, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
We had a NOVICE hold our main repeater hostage for a week because he thought he was "cheated" in a radio deal with another ham. He wouldn't let ANYONE use it. The control op was out of town. The FCC did NOTHING. We had recordings, times, dates etc.
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by KV4BL on November 25, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Does a license really matter, anymore? In my area, the infestation of f'tards on local repeaters is of such epidemic proportions, you would swear that licensing requirements have been dropped completely.

I was torn between laughter and nausea recently while listening to a couple of these clowns in "conversation", with one piously talking about how he didn't have anything to do with CB anymore and the other about how he had never talked on CB. The sad thing, is they both sounded like examples of your most brain-dead CB'ers from the mid or late 1970's when many heard on that band sounded like they struggled with basic brain stem function, forget about any cerebral activity. One was in this category during that time period. The other, much younger, cannot put together more than three or four words without punctuating them with "OWWWW". Both are hold General Class licenses.

Sadly, well-meaning hams acting as "Elmers" keep their radios programmed with current repeater frequencies, offsets, and PL codes, so they can pollute the airwaves on 2-meter CB at will.

LIcensing requirements have been dumbed down to the point that literally anyone can now obtain a license. Thanks to what I once viewed as a noble effort (but never used, myself) with the license mills (also known as "ham cram") where mostly intelligent people sit through a class and take the tests before short term memory kicks out, more and more of these type are not only getting licensed, but climbing the ladder at an unprecedented pace obtaining General or even Extra.

People used to joke about the day when ham licenses would be available in boxes of Cracker Jacks or when you would need to send in two box tops of your favorite cereal and a couple of bucks to get yours. I believe that day is close to reality.
Friendly Reminder About Amateur Radio Repeater Use:  
by AB9TA on November 25, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
This is a much larger problem than just license standards, ham cram classes, and other narrow-minded thinking.
The real issue here is that the US market is being flooded with dirt-cheap VHF-UHF radios that can be keypad programmed anywhere in the bands. They are sold by people who do NOT check whether the buyer has a ham license (or the proper Part 90 license for that matter)

The looming problem is the knuckleheads who buy these, and who care nothing about licensing, hams, or anything else.
Before long, the ham bands are going to be overrun with "pirates" and no amount of warnings, talks about licenses, or anything else is going to help.
Consider, if there are about 700,000 hams in the US, but 8,000,000 people buy these things.. The FCC will give up on the ham bands just like they did on CB.
The only way to stop this is to get the FCC to regulate these things tighter so the dealers only sell them to properly licensed individuals.. Good Luck with that by the way - It will be a real uphill fight.
If ARRL is smart, they'll get after this quickly, but I'm not hopeful.

Otherwise, the future is bleak..

Bill AB9TA
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