Some repeaters have a telephone interconnection that can allow placing a telephone call from your radio.
Used to be pretty popular back before everyone had a cell phone. Now, not so much.
It's pretty limited, though.
Voice to Voice:
Not possible unless the non-licensed person has a licensed person sitting next to them.
APRS has a way to do some rudimentary text messaging, but probably not what you are looking for.
Can do simple e-mail type functions.
For voice to voice, there really isn't any legal way to do what you want.
Most amateur radios cannot do anything (legally) other than transmit on amateur radio frequencies. Some radios can be set up to work on MURS, GMRS, Land Mobile radio, etc. I think you have a Yaesu FT-7900, and that can only TX (legally) on amateur radio frequencies.
This is one of the reasons why GMRS is a valid option for some people. With GMRS, your GMRS license would cover your family.
---amateur radio licenses (all levels) have ZERO privileges on GMRS---
You would need your own GMRS license for your family in addition to a suitable radio to work on GMRS.
Getting others to get their amateur radio license can be a real challenge.
Does Gmrs go across states or is it only local?
If at any point in the communication a message is transmitted over the air in any of the HAM bands, that person would need to have an amateur radio license. For the most part the only exception might be that he or she was in the immediate presence of a qualified, licensed operator.
There's a way to pass messages, similar to e-mail, using amateur radio that's available to both hams and non-hams alike, the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS). The ham can send and receive the message directly or indirectly while non-hams can only do so indirectly. These messages could be local, national, or international (assuming that international third-party traffic rules allow), but are not real-time. Often they take a day or more to make it through the system.not sure if this goes here.
is there a way for a tech ham to speak to someone on ham radio to another person who does not have a ham radio? the other person will not use a ham radio either.
What about phone patch operation? It's not always the case that the person being called is a licensed amateur... :wink:If at any point in the communication a message is transmitted over the air in any of the HAM bands, that person would need to have an amateur radio license. For the most part the only exception might be that he or she was in the immediate presence of a qualified, licensed operator.
Most often that's covered by the "control operator" rules. In phone patch operation, the control operator would be the one making the call and controlling the connected ham radio. Often there are two control operators during phone patch operation. One on each end of the conversation. This operation may be using a phone patch on both ends of the connection or with a non-ham at the station on one end and at the other end a phone call is made.What about phone patch operation? It's not always the case that the person being called is a licensed amateur... :wink:
Good question but doesn't the person initiating the use of a phone patch act as the control operator? Two other things to consider: It seems as the ability to do phone patches has faded away to some degree with the wide spread use of cell phones. Also, for the OP's application, the initiation of a communication would only be "uni directional". He wasn't completely clear on whether this would be okay or not. Anyway, the idea may be something to consider.What about phone patch operation? It's not always the case that the person being called is a licensed amateur... :wink: