This week it’s Mike Dell from the Extra Topics – The Ham Radio Podclass
John Martin, was unable to record today so Mike is flying solo.
The topic of today’s podcast is personal radio communications. Not a Cell phone, but other means of using radio technology for your personal communications.
*** Sorry, but this mostly applies to the United States. Rules and services available will differ form this in other locations.
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CB Radio 26 and 27mhz
– Limited to 40 channelized frequencies.
– Limited to 4watts AM and 12watts SSB.
– Used for short range communications.
– In the USA, 155 mile range rule
FRS – Family Radio Service – 462 and 467 Mhz
– Limited to 1/2 watt
– Limited to 14 channelized frequencies
– Can not have a removable antenna
– No license required
GMRS – General Mobile Radio Service
– License Required ($85 to the FCC)
– immediate family members can use your license
– 50 watts on GMRS frequencies (although 1 to 5 watts is more common)
– Detatchable antennas are allowed
MURS – Multi-use Radio service
– No licensee required
– 2 watts with detachable antennas allowed (4 times what is allowed on the FRS band)
– 5 channels in the VHF band (151mhz area)
Marine Radio VHF
– No license Required
– MUST be on the water to use this service
– Channel 16 (156.8 MHz) is the Emergency / Calling frequency
– US Coast Guard (in the USA)
Aviation Radio service (Air Band)
– VHF band between 108 MHz and 137 MHz
– UHF frequencies (225 – 400 MHz) which are not part of the airband and are Mostly Military.
– Licenses are required in some cases
– For more info on Listening to Aircraft, check out Mike’s Website – www.flightradio.com
Part 15 devices
– Baby Monitors
– Cordless Phones
– Intercom systems
– Anything that transmits
– R/C Cars and Planes
Ham Radio – The Amateur Radio Service
– License Required
– Lots of frequency bands from Short wave to Microwave
– 1500watts allow (with the right class license)
– No equipment or antenna restrictions
– Several Modes of operation
Thanks for listening! We will see you in Vegas at the Blogworld Expo Look for all of the RawVoice and Blubrry team at the Blubrry booth on the show floor.
You can find Mike Dell on the web at www.mikedell.com
You can find John Martin on the web at www.kf8kk.com
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