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[Ham-80211] Application idea for high speed amateur networking

Marlon K. Schafer (509-982-2181) ooe at odessaoffice.com
Thu Sep 29 18:21:50 UTC 2011

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Larry Levesque" <ka1vgm at gmail.com>
To: "TAPR Mailing List for Ham Radio Use of 802.11" <ham-80211 at tapr.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:49 AM
Subject: Re: [Ham-80211] Application idea for high speed amateur networking

> On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:21:30AM -0500, Joe S. Borovetz wrote:
>> On 9/29/2011 11:02 AM, Marlon K. Schafer (509-982-2181) wrote:
>> >
>> >>Hello all
>> >>I live in las Vegas and am constructing what I call the QST
>> >>Machine. Think of it as an information kiosk for hams that
>> >>aren't familiar with the town. It runs like an automated phone
>> >>system. Touch tone 1 for ...... Touch 2 for.... Touch 3 for
>> >>Newsline. Ect.
>> >>It will be on a remote mountain-top for good coverage. Being
>> >>computer controlled, I need a link to upload new menu options,
>> >>Newsline and more. At least 50 to 100 Kbps. I have been messing
>> >>around with a couple old wrt54g's hacked out with DD-WRT. I love
>> >>them with the new firmware! I have not, however gotten around to
>> >>trying to shoot the 7 mile path between the mountain and me. I
>> >>have most of the necessary equipment including dishes. Just a
>> >>matter of time.
>> >>Any questions, comments, concerns, discussions?
> ---
>> This application would seem to me to be close to broadcasting which
>> is not legal.
>> Also, watch out for the Ubiquity radios....the FCC is starting to
>> target users of those radios and is handing out citations....I know
>> this to be a fact from someone who received a citation.
>> Joe
> As with any RF application, be sure you are transmitting on the correct
> frequencies and using the correct power. That includes figuring in for
> any gain antennas.
> Most of the Ubiquity violations have been for using an unauthorized
> frequency (around 5.40GHz)that falls into a radar band that most airports 
> use.

ALL of them have been.  And I'm pretty sure that they were all warned before 
hand as well.

The problem is that they were turning off the DFS (dymanic frequency 
selection) mechanism and usually going over the 1 watt eirp limit as well.

And you are correct they were all causing interference to the wind shear 
radars at various airports.  I was recently at the FCC and we were talking 
about this problem.

In fact, we first started talking with the FCC about this problem a couple 
of years ago and I encouraged the fines for those that wouldn't fix the 
problem with a phone call first.


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