|[AMRadio] Ham Radio Question on the Clark Howard Show|
k4kyv at hotmail.com
Sun Jan 16 15:43:47 EST 2005
The Part 15 label pretty well says it. Part 15 devices must not cause
harmful interference to licensed services and must accept any harmful
interference from licensed transmitters. They operate entirely on a
secondary, provisional basis. They enjoy no legal protection whatever from
duly licensed radio transmissions.
The provision that it is illegal to deliberately cause interference to
another radio communication wouldn't apply here, because if you interfere
with a telephone, stereo or other device that is not intended to pick up
radio signals but inadvertently acting as a radio receiver, you are not
interfering with a RADIO communication. A phone call or listening to a CD
is not radio communication.
A similar topic came up some time ago regarding deliberately jamming
illegal CB'ers on 10 m. Some argued that it would be illegal, since you are
knowingly interfering with another radio communication. Finally Riley
Hollingsworth of the FCC stated that, as far as the FCC is concerned, since
the CB transmissions are unlicensed and illegal, legally they DON'T EXIST,
and therefore enjoy no legal protection whatever, and a legally operating
licensed station could never be cited for interfering with them.
My philosophy on telephones and other audio devices is to CO-OPERATE but
I once had a neighbour who complained that she could hear me in her
telephone. She said my transmissions did not make it difficult for her to
use the phone, but she was highly upset because she was convinced that since
she could distinctly hear me in her phone, I could monitor her telephone
conversations on my radio. No amount of expraining the principles of radio
and telephone communication could convince her otherwise.
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