Prohibited Amateur Radio Transmissions

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Amateur/ ham radio is a fun hobby for people around the world. It is used to speak to people across towns or countries and even into space. As it covers such a wide spectrum. There are a few rules and regulations that you need to follow.

You need to be aware of what you can and cannot do if you own a station. Here, we are going to focus on the kind of transmissions that are prohibited on amateur radio.

Prohibited transmissions

Not following the rules and regulations can lead to fines and penalties and seizure of your equipment. Here are the prohibited transmissions in short.

The 4 general standards are as follows

  • Amateur radio communications for the specific purpose of compensation
  • Communication where the operator has a pecuniary interest
  • Messages that facilitate a criminal act
  • Engaging in broadcasting or one-way communication

These are brief and vague. We will have to go into each of them and understand it.

Communication for Compensation

Material compensation is prohibited on amateur radio. Whether it is direct or indirect, paid, or promised.

If a teacher uses the amateur station as a part of classroom instruction in an educational institution, compensation can be accepted.

Operators with Pecuniary interests

The person with the pecuniary interest can be the operator or the employer. This is in no way allowed. If there is availability for sale or trade, then the operators can inform other amateur operators. This is not allowed on a regular basis.

Facilitating criminal acts

Messages that are communicated to facilitate a criminal act is not allowed. Obscuring the meaning of the message by using codes or ciphers has to be avoided. Playing music using a phone is prohibited.

This next one goes without saying, but there should be no usage of obscene and foul language. Communicating false and misleading messages is also prohibited.

One way Communication

In no way is a person allowed to broadcast anything or engage in one way communication. Nobody is allowed to use ham radio for the purpose of collecting information for news production or broadcasting.

This is, however accepted if there is an emergency. When it is related to the safety of human life or protection of property, it is allowed.

Retransmitting signals from any radio station other than an amateur station is not allowed. There are a few exceptions for this like the weather forecast. Shuttle retransmissions need to be approved by NASA. These activities are not to be carried out on a regular basis.

Auxiliary, repeater, and space stations are the only amateur stations allowed to retransmit radio signals of other amateur stations.

To sum up

As a ham, knowing what is allowed and what is not is important. You need to make sure that whatever you are doing is legal. Most of the transmission rules are clear, and some have exceptions.

It is necessary to follow these transmission rules to avoid problems like fines and penalties. You could have your license suspended or your equipment seized. Read up on what topics you can speak about on amateur radio. Other than the ones specified above, make sure to follow the rules of international and third party communication and have a valid license.