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Mike Galgano mgalgano at nanosecond.com
Sun Jan 15 08:30:43 UTC 2012

Glenn and all,

Point taken, but the Chief Engineer just might be me, a license holder 
and member of ATN. I've been the chief variously around and through the 
Sprint/Nextel project, and we got agile ENG radios from a different 
manufacturer, as was our choice. One of my client stations faces the 
very problem you cite, overcrowding in the (Los Angeles) market with the 
relocation of our Master Control facility. I dare say that my fellows 
would take exception (and likely my hide) if I were to tweak the new ENG 
gear into Amateur assigned frequencies. There is enough of that from 
other agile sources already.

Too bad about the Wouxun, Steve K9DCI, I was kind of wanting one.

I too, must live that sheltered life, Stephen WA8LMF - I only heard 
about the Chinese gear two years ago - and bought a pair (from a ham on 
this sig).

Glenn, will you be at NAB? If so, do you go to the Ham Radio meet and greet?

Mike Galgano

Glenn Little WB4UIV wrote:

> On the flip side.. I had an Extra class ham wanting me to help him get 
> rid of some interference on a "secret frequency" that he and his wife 
> used.
> The secret frequency was a military frequency used by a local military 
> installation.
> His interference was from the authorized users of the frequency.
> He came from another state where that frequency was not used.
> When I asked him why they were using that frequency, the reply was 
> that the radio would go there so it must be ok.
> This was from an Extra class operator!!!
> What would you expect from a non technical person using a programmable 
> radio, just keep changing frequencies until you find a clear one.
> I work for a TV station where we recently went through rebanding of 
> our remote video transmitters as part of the remediation of the Nextel 
> interference problem.
> Nextel had to move all the TV stations as well as some other users to 
> get a clear area for their digital radios.
> Wonder why your Nextel bill is so high?
> The replacement radios that we got were agile radios made by BMS.
> By agile, I do not mean channel agile, I mean frequency agile.
> These radios will tune into the 2.4 GHz ham band.
> It will be just a matter of time before the seven BAS frequencies will 
> not be enough and a TV station Chief Engineer will have one of these 
> on a ham frequency.
> The Chief Engineer does not hold any type of a license.
> 73
> Glenn
> At 03:03 PM 1/14/2012, you wrote:
>> Amateur Radio is largely self-policed. Anyone can buy an automobile, 
>> but it is illegal to operate on the highway without a license. This 
>> is fairly well policed in most jurisdictions. The FCC doesn't have 
>> lots of folks driving around in cars checking out folks with HTs. We 
>> let each other know about these situations because most folks who 
>> have buttons to push will push them, PTT included. I doubt the flea 
>> market vendor instructed each customer as to the restrictions imposed 
>> on the various frequencies the device could access, if the vendor was 
>> even aware themself.
>> Mike Galgano
>> Joshua Shriver wrote:
>>> Curious but what is exactly wrong with this? Anyone (non-hams) can buy
>>> a ham radio. It's just illegal to broadcast without a license.
>>> -Josh
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