RE: [WestMichiganHams] Re: Crossbanders
- Hi Laryn,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.73,Mark K8MHZ
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Subject: [WestMichiganHams] Re: Crossbanders
From: "Laryn Lohman" <larynl@...>
Date: Fri, January 27, 2006 12:22 am
Mark, further 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.
Having said 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
frequency and operate, no?
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