30 Nov '16, 3pm

Demystifying Amateur Radio Callsigns

“Amateur radio” predates radio laws. As laws came into being, because specific things were found to be useful (like ship to shore radio), amateur radio followed long, with more restrictions. Not to “protect commerce” but to ensure no interference. Once again, amateur radio is the one “service” that is wide open, bands of frequencies rather than a specific channel, build your own equipment, try new things. That’s why the testing, to ensure that someone will be careful and not interfere with communication while the Titanic is sinking. What’s changed is that more and more people thought amateur radio was primarily about “talking on the radio”, so the testing opened up. Not to be “egalitarian” but since fewer were building why have technical tests? Since 1990, in Canada you can’t even use a home made transmitter with the basic license. That dramatically changes the service. Wh...

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