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    Quote Originally Posted by egeekial
    Wait, you can get wireless internet access... for free?
    Eh, kinda, but not really...any access you get falls under amateur radio restrictions. No "indecent material", no codes or ciphers (so it would be illegal to access SSL-encrypted web pages, or use any kind of encryption for sending passwords)...

    And that's only in areas where it's available. You'd have much better luck with access through open 802.11 APs.

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    I am a ham. I passed the novice test a little over 11 years ago but I never did anything with it. I recently renewed my license but still have not done anything with it. I am not sure where that leaves me since I have not kept up with the changes in the license classes and I think they have done away with the novice class and reassigned some frequencies to other classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Change
    Eh, kinda, but not really...any access you get falls under amateur radio restrictions. No "indecent material", no codes or ciphers (so it would be illegal to access SSL-encrypted web pages, or use any kind of encryption for sending passwords)...

    And that's only in areas where it's available. You'd have much better luck with access through open 802.11 APs.

    That's a gray area. The laws that apply are a lot older than the technology. People do it, and nobody that I know of has lost their licence for incidental encryption that occures implicitly as part of the web page. True, though, you cannot encrypt the entire signal. Most digital packet radio is used for stuff like checking e-mail and stuff like that.

    I wouldn't worry about web page encryption. After all, is anyone going to decipher your internet access signal, decode it and realize that some of the data is encypted...and then report you to the feds? prolly not. I believe in respecting the regulations, but this case is not that cut and dry.


    As for getting mobile internet access through ham radio: You can....sorta. For relatively high speed intenet you have to use VHF signals or higher. Those are mostly line-of-sight, so you have to be within a few miles of your gateway. So if it's local, you might be okay. There is the possibility of using the long-range HF bands for your access, but that is too slow for enjoyable web browsing, becasue the bands lack the bandwidth for a high speed signal.

    If you're traveling around, there are a few public repeters and gateways that offer internet access, but the coverage is spotty to say the best. Some ham clubs have setup internet access over small geographic areas (a couple towns or so) using their repeaters. You could also possibly get net access using one of the AMSAT satellites, but that is pretty slow too, and they're only avaliable at certain times, so it's not very reliable.

    But hey...I still see a lot of fun stuff to do with a licence.

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    I'm planning on using the Icom PCR1000 with Centrafuse, and would love to know of any of the radiator programs that would support it...
    between that, the aprs radio, and my tri-band kenwood (741) will make the mobile antennea farm well populated..

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    I am a ham operator. I haven't been too active lately in the past few months, but you can see the recent install I did for the touchscreen below. I molded the DEK box for the Motorola Spectra 800Mhz radio into the top of the bezel. You can also see other pictures in there. There is a remotely mounted Icom IC-207h in there too by the stereo. Have a good one!

    See link below: Here \/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbmw99
    I am a ham operator. I haven't been too active lately in the past few months, but you can see the recent install I did for the touchscreen below. I molded the DEK box for the Motorola Spectra 800Mhz radio into the top of the bezel. You can also see other pictures in there. There is a remotely mounted Icom IC-207h in there too by the stereo. Have a good one!

    See link below: Here \/

    Whats the Motorola spectra for? are you a officer? You can mod the Spectra to jam 800mhz pretty cool mod and pointless at the same time.

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    No I am not an officer. I am involved with the police department though on a few levels. I am also highly interested in radios and electronics, so I threw the Spectra in there. I have absolutely no intention to jam any bands, such as 800Mhz. My setup will not transmit on police talkgroups, I made it that way... -Brett W

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbmw99
    My setup will not transmit on police talkgroups, I made it that way... -Brett W
    I find that hard to believe but whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammer
    I find that hard to believe but whatever.
    Considering your forum username, I guess I shouldn't be surprised you can't believe that someone would set up a radio to not transmit on bands the user isn't authorized to use....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Change
    Considering your forum username, I guess I shouldn't be surprised you can't believe that someone would set up a radio to not transmit on bands the user isn't authorized to use....
    I can agree. Due to that fact alone I am not even going to get into it.. It's not worth it.

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