Thursday, December 16, 2010

QSO only with licensed radio amateurs

I was early this morning, and called on 80 and 40 meters with JT65 and PSK31. I made a qso with LX1CW Gilbert from Oberfeulen, Luxembourg on 80 meter with PSK31. (see photo, taken from qrz.com)

After the qso with Gilbert I was called by a 'not licensed amateur' with PSK31 on 80 m. This was his message:

PC4T OF SWL MICHEL I AM SORRY I AM NOT RADIO AMATEUR NOR PIRATE I AM A OPERATOR 11 METERS, MY QRZ IS 14 SIERRA 80, I AM FACINE BY THE CONTACTS AND THE FRIENDSHIP WITH ALL OF aM OF the WHOLE WORLD.

Sorry, but I do not make QSO's with not licensed radio amateurs. I don't know if the Dutch authorities (Agentschap Telecom) allow me to work not licensed hams. So I didn't reply. What would you do?

With JT65 on 80 it was very quiet. Nobody came back for me. When I checked Hamspots.net I saw that I was heard by several stations in the USA. Maybe only reverse beacon stations, or my antenna is not good enough for receiving weak signals from over the pond. Anyway, this proves that JT65 is one of the best modes for DX with low power. With PSK31 I was not heard in the USA this morning.

Click on photo to enlarge.

12 comments:

  1. Hallo Paul, volgens mij mogen we geen verbindingen maken met stations die niet gelicenseerd zijn of die op een band werken waar zij geen gebruik van mogen maken. Destijds stond dat al ter discussie i.v.m. met de zg. LPDers op 433 MHz. Zij zijn niet gelicenseerd, maar mogen wel gebruik maken van een stukje frequentieruimte. Zou er de regels nog eens op na moeten slaan?? Ondanks dat dit een 11m operator (heb ik niks tegen, zit zelf ook nog wel eens op 11m) uit Frankrijk betrof zou ik hem ook geen antwoord geven. Blijkbaar was de beste man zo gefascineerd dat hij zich niet kon bedwingen toch uit te zenden op 80m. Ik heb zoiets nog nooit meegemaakt, eerst "radio vochtig neusje" en nu dit.... :-)
    73, Bas

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  2. Hi Paul,

    Here in the UK it is not legal to QSO with unlicensed stations. So like you I would not reply.

    73 Kevin

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  3. Hallo Bas, volgens mij mogen we niet met deze lieden communiceren, staat mij bij. Ja, Vochtig Neusje is nog steeds actief. Hangt een beetje rond op de simplex kanalen. Ik maak af en toe een opname van zijn uitzendingen. Vreemde figuur. 73 Paul

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  4. Hello Kevin, what I can remember of the regulations: we are not allowed to work them. 73 Paul

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  5. Anonymous12/16/2010

    All that expensive equipment in his photo and he advertises that he has no license. Better to have spent a few euros and taken a course in amateur radio license requirements and passed his exam. Would Luxembourg confiscate his gear if the government knew he was operating illegally?

    73 Dick

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  6. Read it again, Dick. LX1CW was not the unlicensed operator.

    I have never heard such a thing on the air, but I concur that it is illegal to make contact with an unlicensed station. Even to work a licensed amateur operating in another country for which he does not have permission is illegal, though the DXer's rule of "work first, worry later" ignores that. Similarly it is illegal to work stations using a call of the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" (I forget the prefix) as the Turkish occupation is deemed illegal by the UN and the calls are not recognized by the ITU.

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  7. Hello Dick, maybe my posting gives a wrong impression that LX1CW is the pirate... sorry for that. No, after the QSO with Gilbert I was called by a pirate. ;-) 73 Paul

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  8. Hello Julian, yes I worked that guy too. It is more difficult to see if one is a pirate when he uses a prefix what looks OK. 73 Paul

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  9. The call prefix for the Turkish area of North Cypress is 1B. I know it is not recognised officially by the ITU and for DXCC purposes and is thus an unofficial prefix. It is not illegal to work a 1B station, in that you won't loose your license. The choice to work or not to work a 1B is personal. The only issue is that it will not count towards your DXCC.
    Sure, I might have just opened a can of political worms ... so I will go QRT.

    73 André

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  10. Andre

    Thats an interesting point. I think it is technically illegal for us to 1B pefixes. However I have worked 1B myself :). I feel this is is different case however as those stations have a licence issued by their authority, its just that the authority is not internationally recognised.

    73 Kevin

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  11. Hi All,

    @ Paul, our regulations state that we are not allowed to communicate with someone who is not licensed. So you did the right thing.

    @ Bas, Wij mogen wel communiceren met LPD gebruikers, dit is wel een discussie geweest maar Agentschap Telecom stelde destijds:
    Een amateur mag verbindingen maken met bevoegde gebruikers. Een LPDer is in wezen een bevoegd gebruiker dus het mag.

    @ All, I think Soyer, 1B1AB (or any other 1B amateur if any) is the victim of "politics" and should not be seen as a pirate. It his not his fault he lives in a part of the world not recognised by other countries. He started hamradio with a valid UK license. I believe he still has that one. He can't work 1B/G2whatever as international authority does not recognise. He is given a callsign by the power of the country he lives in but can't use it because this power is not recognised. He may not use a 5B4 callsign (witch i even suspect they refuse to issue) as that one is not valid for the part of Cyprus he is living in. What should this guy do then?
    Visit 1B1AB his page and read the comment by Dave G3SDL, he hits the nail on the head...

    73, Kees PE2KM

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  12. Hello André, Kevin and Kees, I worked 1B1AB, no problem with it. I do not chase awards. I agree with Kees point of view. Thanks for your reply. 73 Paul

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