[amsat-bb] Re: Interference in Spain

Clint Bradford clintbrad4d at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 30 11:56:26 PST 2009

 >> ... You cannot solve the problem existing as well in Spain  
shooting down
all taxi drivers that are using 2 meters for their communications ...

I'll wager that I have more (a) licensed amateurs and (b) unlicensed  
abusers of ham and commercial bands here in Southern California than  
you do in your immediate area. The potential for illegal use and abuse  
is greater here - but (knock on wood) we have very little problems.

I feel your frustration ... but I believe it can be solved with a  
methodical education campaign. I've contacted several illegal dispatch  
operations personally. I am not one to simply complain to our FCC and  
think my job is done. I'd rather visit and explain to someone why  
their ops are illegal, what the potential fines are (they range from US 
$3,000 to US$10,000 a day, plus confiscation of all equipment), and  
then show them how to get legal ... sometimes even using the equipment  
they already own.

My methodology has worked on "problems" as large as a large commercial  
air carrier to small, mom-and-pop dispatchers. I have solved several  
problems in this manner.

 >> ... The only cure is to make the LEO satellite receivers less  
sensitive and use more EIRP at the ground station.........no HT's my  
friend !

I think you are joking. I HOPE you are joking. One of my favorite ways  
to get fellow amateurs interested in AMSAT and satellite operations is  
to show them just how easy it is to work our LEO birds - with  
equipment most hams already own (dual-band HT and a better antenna).  
LEOs have a wonderful amateur radio public relations purpose.

I am not sure how your country's department of telecommunications  
respects amateur radio. Contact them at ...


... and see how they would like you to work on/with illegal operations.

Clint Bradford, K6LCS

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