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GeoffHogg

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Would a balloon broadcast be allowed?
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:23:52 PM »

Hi,

I've received the Foundation, and Intermediate Radio licence books. I haven't studied them in depth merely flicked through them. It all seems rather quaint to have to buy a book; pages, ink, and everything. I hadn't seen an eBook version available.

However on page 19 of the Intermediate licence book licence condition 2c.3 states that you are not permitted airborne broadcasts. I take it this is purely for the intermediate licence, and that this is allowed for a full licence.

Now airline pilots obviously use radio, and of course the idea is to put the satellite into space.

Geoff

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AndyThomas

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Re: Would a balloon broadcast be allowed?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013, 04:50:45 PM »

The answer is to use the receiving network of radio amateurs and to follow the procedures and protocols of the High Altitude Society - HAS. ISM devices are permitted on around 433 MHz without either protection from interference or a licence requirement so ballooners use this frequency. At the same time, they rely on the amateur radio licenced community to listen out for them because our equipment also covers this lower frequency and is sensitive (although you don't have to have a licence to receive so no tall HAS receivers are licenced).

You can't legally use the frequency of 437.240 on a balloon. You will not be respected if you do, it is smack in the mdddle of the satellite band (obviously) and BIS is not licenced to do this, neither is any amateur. No amateur worth his/her salt will risk their licence.

So another problem with the sprite is to retune our copy onto a 433 MHz frequency.


andy G0SFJ


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AndyThomas

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Re: Would a balloon broadcast be allowed?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013, 05:37:06 PM »

Here's a useful link about balloons in the 434 MHz band  (and elsewhere in this case) - follow the links

http://amsat-uk.org/2013/05/24/near-space-amateur-radio-balloon/


andy g0sfj
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