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FCC Issues Strange Statement #15686047 01/21/21
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On Sunday, the Federal Communications Commission issued a very peculiar statement.

Basically, they warned people not to use Amateur Radio, CB, Family Radio Service, etc. to break the law. Apparently, they are responding to chatter on social media involving using these services to organize mobs. I wonder if their concept extends to organizing right leaning and perfectly legal events.

The largest ham organization in the US, the American Radio Relay League, released a concurring statement.

Well, I'm glad we got the big issues solved already.


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Re: FCC Issues Strange Statement [Re: denton] #15686055 01/21/21
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I'm sure they issued similar warnings back in the summer...🤪


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They know it's easier to tear down Parler than all the ham operators.


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Mobs?

Are those the same as peaceful protesters?

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Another scare tactic/silencing technique. Can you think of a more law abiding bunch of old men than Ham radio operators? Now they will be scared to say ANYTHING legal about the subject because it will be interpreted as inciting criminal behavior. They will be arrested and shut down. These people don’t want anything spoken about Trump that they cannot control. No independent thought. They must stop Trumpism. This is an example of how far they will go to do it.


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Re: FCC Issues Strange Statement [Re: Timbermaster] #15687648 01/21/21
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Originally Posted by Timbermaster
Another scare tactic/silencing technique. Can you think of a more law abiding bunch of old men than Ham radio operators? Now they will be scared to say ANYTHING legal about the subject because it will be interpreted as inciting criminal behavior. They will be arrested and shut down. These people don’t want anything spoken about Trump that they cannot control. No independent thought. They must stop Trumpism. This is an example of how far they will go to do it.


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Originally Posted by prplbkrr
Mobs?

Are those the same as peaceful protesters?




Mostly peaceful.

Didn't you get the script?


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Wait...
We have a ham here, I can't remember who though.

I do know he was expounding on the legality of cranking
up a CB, hooking it to a linear, useing sidebands without a license.

And how strictly it was enforced.


This old truck driver just giggled.


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So basically the FCC is saying:

The first rule of patriot club is you don't talk about patriot club.


Prove me wrong....]🤣🤣🤣

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My Dogs don't know CW but I'll have to keep them away from the Mic. I can't seem to control their language. It seems our current government is terrified of free speech.


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uh oh uh yeah i just lost my CB in a canuuing accidentz - shore did huhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuh


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Originally Posted by MtnHiker

So basically the FCC is saying:

The first rule of patriot club is you don't talk about patriot club.


Prove me wrong....]🤣🤣🤣

LOL I see what you did there.


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Re: FCC Issues Strange Statement [Re: ledvm] #15688103 01/21/21
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Originally Posted by ledvm
Originally Posted by Timbermaster
Another scare tactic/silencing technique. Can you think of a more law abiding bunch of old men than Ham radio operators? Now they will be scared to say ANYTHING legal about the subject because it will be interpreted as inciting criminal behavior. They will be arrested and shut down. These people don’t want anything spoken about Trump that they cannot control. No independent thought. They must stop Trumpism. This is an example of how far they will go to do it.


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I listen to the hams during the day at work sometimes. Almost all of them are over 70, and basically they talk mostly about their radios, trees and landscaping, airplanes, getting their covid vaccine, and the weather. Not exactly a hotbed of radical Right Wing Extremism... unfortunately.

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They don’t like that it’s a way to circumvent and bypass the govt intercept of communication like they can do via phone or internet.

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I've been licensed since 1960. Back then, the hobby didn't have nearly as much gray hair as it does now.

There is a joke that if your main topic of conversation is your health and your medical conditions, you're a geezer. Lots of us fit that description.

If you are up to no good, trying to coordinate it on ham frequencies is probably a very bad idea. Unless it involves hemorrhoids.

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Denton, I have been a Ham less than 10 years now. I remember studying for the exams and how armature radio operators are supposed to be "ambassadors of good will "..... basically not talking about politics religion or sex. I have also read that Central American countries have a zero tolerance policy about bad mouthing their Governments and the ability to triangulate stations that do so quickly. Response ranging from confiscated equipment to disappearing the operators....

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Ham operators are licensed, so they know who you are already. Communication by radio of any kind will not work very well for very long anyway. Radio signals can be tracked and your location discovered. Any radio signals would have to be limited to short, coded messages on ever-changing frequencies, and there would have to be a lot of organization in place to have times and codes worked out.

Unless you have a very powerful pirate station outside the US, you're not gonna be able to continue broadcasting seditious material for very long.

For that matter, you won't last long even if you are outside the US...

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2ndwind.....

Indeed there are countries that absolutely do not tolerate unfavorable speaking about the government. I had a group of guests in my living room once from Taiwan, Malaysia, and China. Without thinking, I said something disparaging about our US government, and everyone's mouth dropped open. I laughed and told them that in the US criticizing the government is the national pastime. Then they relaxed and talked frankly about their governments.

When we had such visitors, we always tried to arrange for them to do things that they couldn't at home. Shooting ranges were a popular opportunity, and getting a private flying lesson was another popular one. Many countries have zero private aviation. In Malaysia, possession of either a firearm or one round of ammunition is an automatic life sentence. Possession of both is an automatic death sentence.


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