I received my paperwork which allows me to be on a team of Volunteer Examiners for Amateur Radio Licenses.
For Immediate Release
FCC PROPOSES $2.8 MILLION FINE AGAINST HOBBYKING FOR MARKETING NONCOMPLIANT DRONE TRANSMITTERS
Drone Video Transmitters Could Apparently Operate in Radio Frequency Bands Not Designated for Amateur Use & Transmit at Disruptive Power Levels
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2018—The Federal Communications Commission today proposed a $2.8 million fine against HobbyKing for marketing sixty-five models of devices used to relay video from drones to amateur drone operators which could apparently transmit in unauthorized radio frequency bands, including some that could also operate at excessive transmission power levels. Such unlawful transmissions could interfere with key government and public safety services like aviation systems and weather radar systems. Continue Reading
Everyone who knows me knows that I am an advocate for both Amateur Radio and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Personally, I believe CERT members should have at least a Technicians Class Radio Licenses and Hams should have CERT Training.
During the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake, Amateur Radio operations came together and created a communications network by volunteering their own time and equipment when all other forms of communications failed. I assume the Hams in this video are part of an Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) team or Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Teams.
I hear people say this can’t happen now, but it can. The 911 systems fail, phone networks fail or become congested, and internet access may become unavailable or unreliable during disasters.
When people tuned in to their sets for sports, weather, news, and entertainment during the first half of the 20th century, they heard what they looking for, but, ironically, did very little “looking.” This was radio-a stepping stone to what would eventually become television-and it had a history of its own.
Those who had a hand in its foundation, however, did not know at the time what they were inventing. James Maxwell, for example, was one the first to investigate electromagnetic fields and in 1888 Heinrich Hertz succeeded in sending electromagnetic signals through space.