RadioReference on Facebook   RadioReference on Twitter   RadioReference Blog
 

Go Back   The RadioReference.com Forums > Amateur Radio > Amateur Radio Equipment

Amateur Radio Equipment For general and technical discussion of Amateur Radio equipment such as transceivers, repeaters, controllers and receivers.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2012, 12:13 AM
Member
   
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 20
Default Question about using amatuer ham frequency

There is this amateur ham repeater frequencies for my town for example:

Call Sign N1LMA
Location Westerly, Rhode Island
Frequency 147.240+
Input 147.84
PL Tone 100.0

I have a Beofang UV-5R coming in the mail and I have never used a radio for amateur use and my friends would like to know what to do if we wanted to casually communicate on our radios together. Is there some legal process or any registering of anything you have to do about being a amateur radio user or can I just program this frequency for my friends on their radios and talk with them?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
        
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2012, 12:15 AM
W8RMH's Avatar
Member
  Audio Feed Provider
Audio Feed Provider
Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 3,825
Default

Every operator will need at least a FCC amateur technician license.
__________________
BCD996XT BCD396XT BCT15X BCT15 Bearcat IV
Columbus Police Live Audio

Last edited by W8RMH; 10-11-2012 at 12:18 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2012, 12:28 AM
Member
   
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 20
Default

So just to talk on this frequency with my radio I need a license?
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2012, 1:06 AM
Member
  Audio Feed Provider
Audio Feed Provider
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NorCal
Posts: 60
Default

To use any amateur radio frequency, you will need a license. It is not very hard to get and can be alot of fun. Here is the a link to the ARRL website that may answer a few more questions:

Getting Your Technician License

You can do a little searching and find weekend/evening classes to help prepare you to take the exam.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2012, 1:17 AM
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 785
Smile

Quote:
Originally Posted by MFDHoward View Post
So just to talk on this frequency with my radio I need a license?
Absolutely, but the requirements are much easier now than years ago. The current license levels are Technician (lowest), General, and Extra (highest). All three levels are permitted to use the 2meter band (144-148MHz). The General and Extra levels have more privilege below 6M (50-54MHz) in those bands that go much longer distances without using repeaters.

Please take the time to earn your license, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Local ham clubs might also offer convenient classes, too. The Amateur Radio Relay League is the national organization representing all amateur radio operators. Its website has a lot of good information. You can search for Clubs on their site also.

Good luck and have fun.
__________________
73 QDP
[106/2SRA]

Last edited by QDP2012; 10-11-2012 at 1:17 AM.. Reason: correcting typo
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2012, 1:28 AM
mmckenna's Avatar
Member
   
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: SNCZCA01
Posts: 2,748
Default

Alternately, these radios will work on the GMRS frequencies, although there may be some type acceptance issues. GMRS DOES require a license, but there is no test involved. Each family would need to apply for a license through the FCC, pay $85, and you'd get your licenses in the mail.

With that GMRS license, you can talk radio to radio all you want. If you want to use a repeater, you would have to research if there are any in the area, and get permission from the owner, or put up your own.

I'd strongly encourage you to get your amateur radio license, though. Everyone in my extended family has theirs, including my wife. It's not hard, just takes a bit of studying.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2012, 10:07 AM
Member
  Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 1,935
Default

Since it wasn't mentioned previously, and the OP is apparently not at all familiar with the law, be advised that the Federal penalties, at maximum, for unlicensed operation (amateur or otherwise) can be extremely harsh, with common FCC penalties of upwards of $7,000, sometimes on a daily basis (that's a lot of money), as well as possible jail time. By all means learn about amateur radio, get a license, and have tons of fun, but please don't even think about operating unless you have a license.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2012, 2:47 PM
Member
   
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 1,438
Default

Without getting your tech licence, you wouldn't have a callsign when you first transmitted on any ham band repeater so unless your friend was waiting for your call, you will probably get a load of abuse from all the legitimate users who are just 'earwigging'.
__________________
Cheers - Martin ZL2MC - Palmerston North
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 3:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
All information here is Copyright 2012 by RadioReference.com LLC and Lindsay C. Blanton III.Ad Management by RedTyger
Copyright 2011 by RadioReference.com LLC Privacy Policy  |  Terms and Conditions