These issues are minor in the eyes of the FCC and I have not heard of
any complaints...but if we can be completely legal we should try.
First, transmitting to a repeater is not the same as controlling
it. All stations must have a licensed control operator.
That means there must be some way to turn off the repeater if it
is causing interference and quickly. With the Kenwoods the
crossbanders not only can be turned on an off from an HT (remote
control) but frequencies and tones, etc., can be changed. As far
as I know, other brands require the control operator to be in front of
the cross bander in order to control it.
Also, with the exception of digital vs. phone, band plans are not
part of FCC law, they are voluntary agreements meant to reduce
interference between stations.
If you have questions about FCC law and want answers that will hold
up in court, drop an email to fccham@...
. It may take some
time, usually a few days, but you will get an answer. It helps to
have a section number to ask about.
The two most discussed issues about cross banding are the location of
the control operator and the ability for the repeater to ID
itself. I know of only one brand that makes it possible to comply
without major modifications and that is...argggh, Kenwood.
-------- Original Message --------
[WestMichiganHams] Re: Crossbanders
From: "Laryn Lohman"
Date: Fri, January 27, 2006 12:22
thoughts on the legality of crossbanding with radios
other than the
Kenwood you speak about.
I don't think there is anything wrong
with crossbanding (legally) if I
am controlling (transmitting to)
the crossbander on 222mc and above.
This would be considered an
Auxiliary station under the rules in
97.201. Remote control of
another Amateur station is allowed there.
that, we could discuss 97.205a:
(a) Any amateur station licensed
to a holder of a Technician, General,
Advanced or Amateur Extra Class
operator license may be a repeater. A
holder of a Technician,
General, Advanced or Amateur Extra Class
operator license may be the
control operator of a repeater, subject to
the privileges of the
class of operator license held.
Maybe I'm over-simplifying, but
as long as I stay in the legal
repeater sub-bands with my
crossbanding radio and associated handheld,
I'm OK. Being
careful, I could pick a clear repeater sub-band
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