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Author Topic: What's with these stations above 18.168Mhz  (Read 1557 times)
GW4GNY
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« on: July 30, 2012, 05:40:54 AM »

I have been hearing lots of stations speaking various language (not usually English) operating between 18.168 and 18.200Mhz. They sound like radio amateurs but don't give out any callsigns. Does anyone know who they are and why they are there ? If they are licensed hams why do they not operate within the proper 18mhz band ?
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G3RZP
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 07:31:06 AM »

18168 to  to 18780 kHz is allocated to the 'fixed service' on a primary basis and to 'mobile except aeronautical mobile' on a secondary basis. So there are quite a lot of possibilities of legal mobile stuff in Africa or Asia without them being illegally operating amateurs. Another possibility is that they are the so called 'freebanders'.
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KE3WD
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2012, 01:48:31 PM »

Well, 18 megs is right in reach of many HF transceivers designed as Maritime use radios. 

And there are plenty of ships and vessels out there in the world, also shore stations and many of those guys just get on there and ragchew...


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