[amsat-bb] Re: Broadcasting

Larry Gerhardstein W7IN at montana.com
Tue Jun 7 13:04:47 PDT 2011

So is transmitting for the benefit of a limited Amateur Radio community 
(those practicing APRS) the same as "broadcasting" to the general public?

73, DE W7IN - Larry

On 6/7/2011 12:24 PM, George Henry wrote:
>>>> I'm not understanding the legalities of beaconing
>>>> and  broadcasting.  Are they not the same.
> No, they aren't, at least not here in the states.
> Beaconing is defined by Part 97.3(a)(9) as transmissions "...for the purposes of
> observation of propagation and reception or other related experimental
> activities" and is one of the few one-way transmissions allowed under the
> rules.  A beacon station may not transmit concurrently on more than one
> frequency, transmit with more than 100 watts output, nor be automatically
> controlled below 28.200 MHz or outside the band segments defined in 97.203(d)
> (except for the NCDXF/IARU HF beacon network, which operates under an FCC
> waiver).
> Broadcasting is defined by 97.3(a)(10) as "Transmissions intended for reception
> by the general public, either direct or relayed" and is one of the prohibited
> types of transmissions identified in 97.113.
> George, KA3HSW
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