[AMRadio] Petition to FCC for Lifetime licenses (Homebrew Transmitters)

edwmullin at aol.com edwmullin at aol.com
Mon Feb 29 22:43:16 EST 2016

 Wouldn't it be the best "exam" for an Extra class license - to have to? build a transmitter of a certain power level, like say >150 watts output, with a published performance spec - Frequency stability, Accuracy, Modulation %,? Spurious emissions etc.? 

I suppose in a perfect world... 


-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Chester <k4kyv at charter.net>
To: amradio <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sun, Feb 28, 2016 3:18 pm
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Petition to FCC for Lifetime licenses (Homebrew Transmitters)

To further clarify, no petition or proposal is known to be on the horizon 
that  would prohibit the use of homebrew transmitters by US amateurs; 
follow this thread from the beginning to see how the subject evolved. 
However, such  rules indeed exist for entry-level licensees in other major 
English-speaking countries, and it is not beyond the realm of possibility 
that the idea could one day gain foothold here.  The following excerpts are 
taken from Canadian, Australian and UK amateur radio rules.  
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1.4 Privileges and Restrictions 
Privileges and restrictions can be found in the Radiocommunication 
Regulations and Radiocommunication Information Circular 2, Standards for the 
Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service (RIC-2) - 
Reclassified as RBR-4. A brief summary follows: 
Basic Qualification:  
    access all amateur bands above 30 MHz 
    use a maximum of 250 watts DC transmitter input power 
    build Footnote 1 and operate all station equipment, except for 
"home-made" transmitters 
CANADA (cont'd): 
Q - I'm a Basic Qualification holder and have a radio that was a business 
radio but has been reprogrammed to ham frequencies. It is such a good radio 
that I know it works fine so it must be legal for me to use. 
A - FALSE. By RIC-3 Basic Qualification holders must use commercially made 
transmitting equipment for the amateur service 
"Foundation Licence 
Essentially, the Foundation Licence is an operator licence that requires a 
minimum of technical knowledge that will allow safe operation of a 
Foundation amateur station. 
A radio amateur with a foundation licence can only operate commercially 
manufactured equipment. And is restricted to defined frequency bands, 
emission modes and limited to 10 watts transmitter output power. These 
requirements are contained in Part 6 of the LCD." 
"Foundation licensees are permitted to use commercially manufactured 
transmitters and kits constructed in accordance with the supplied 
instructions. Higher licences such as the Intermediate and Full give the 
privilege of building equipment to your own designs, from magazine articles, 
or modifying second hand commercial equipment." 
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