DMR IDs and Callsigns grouped by Country 2017-12

Summary of files containing DMR IDs and Callsigns grouped by Country
Brought to you by VE3WZW, Last updated: 2017-12-07
Total number of IDs = 78,813

2017 HAM Radio Canada Christmas Event

2017 HAM Radio Canada Christmas Event #3
Southern Ontario Canada  :  please advise if arriving from out of town.

Details to follow
 2017 HAM Radio Canada Christmas Event
Details to follow

We will have to limit the list.

How Does An Inexpensive Transceiver Compare to An Expensive Transceiver

How Does An Inexpensive Transceiver Compare to An Expensive Transceiver

Jim, W6LG looks at  website with extensive detail about receiver performance.

Western New York Southern Ontario Repeater Council Repeater - Coordination

WNYSORC Coordination

UPDATE :  2017 December

The Spring meeting of WNYSORC to be held at the Erie County Fire Training Center Cheektowaga, NY. 11:30 am on Sunday April 8th, 2018

What is frequency coordination?
  1. Coordination, it is a form of voluntary participation in an organized program intended to keep interference between repeaters and their users to a minimum. To do this, repeater owner/trustees work with WNYSORC which maintains a database of repeater frequencies in active use (as well as new repeaters which are under construction but may not yet be in operation). WNYSORC assists the proposed repeater owner/trustee in selecting operating frequencies (and other technical details) which will, hopefully, be compatible with other existing repeaters.
  2. Who is my local WNYSORC representative?
    Your local WNYSORC representative is, first, a volunteer. In the WNYSORC, he/she is an individual who lives in your community or region of the state or province. WNYSORC is an organization of volunteers who are recognized by the Amateur Radio community as their "coordinator". WNYSORC's volunteers might participate in the program because they are interested in either the technical or the political aspects of coordination, but they all do it as a way of putting something back into Amateur Radio. These days, no volunteer is in it for the ego! It's too much work! But all volunteers do get some form of self satisfaction out of doing the job, or they wouldn't bother.
  3. Who benefits from frequency coordination?
    Everyone does. Owner/Trustees of existing coordinated repeaters are assured that the WNYSORC will attempt to protect their repeaters from interference caused by new repeaters. Likewise, owner/trustees of proposed new repeaters will get knowledgeable assistance from WNYSORC in selecting frequencies for their repeater, so that they can feel confident that their new operation will not adversely affect any existing repeaters, and they should experience little interference on their new repeater.
  4. How does frequency coordination work?
    In order to make a recommendation, the WNYSORC needs some data about the proposed new repeater, such as its location, antenna height, ground elevation above sea level, transmit power, owner/trustee etc. These items all affect, to one degree or another, the repeater's area of coverage. WNYSORC will review the data on the new repeater. Then in conjunction with the data in the coordination database, the local frequency coordination committee member may assist the applicant in finding an optimum frequency pair.
    WNYSORC studies the parameters of nearby co-channel (same frequency) and adjacent-channel repeaters, and with the established, adjacent frequency coordination councils, to make sure there are not any valid objections to the new repeater. Once a new coordination is issued, there is a six month construction period to get the new machine on the air. If it's not on by this deadline, the coordination is allowed one additional six-month period (upon written request), after which the coordination is subject to cancellation. This keeps WNYSORC's database from filling up with "paper" repeaters.
    For more detailed information please look at the WNYSORC Coordination Guidelines.
  5. Is frequency coordination required?
    No. Participation in a frequency coordination program is strictly voluntary. No Amateur Radio frequency coordinator has any "authority" to tell a repeater owner/trustee what he/she can, or cannot do. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Industry Canada and the Amateur community has recognized that participation in a frequency coordination program by repeater trustees is in the best interests of all Amateurs. Therefore, FCC rules (Part 97.205c) have been adopted;
    §97.205 Repeater station.
    (c) Where the transmissions of a repeater cause harmful interference to another repeater, the two station licensees are equally and fully responsible for resolving the interference unless the operation of one station is recommended by a frequency coordinator and the operation of the other station is not. In that case, the licensee of the non-coordinated repeater has primary responsibility to resolve the interference.

CANADA - Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Re: CANADA - Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:18:58 -0500
From: Bill.Feist
CC: Dan_Millar, Jeff_Robertson, Andre VA3AGV, Andre VE3WZW, Perron_Goodyear


I apologize for not having gotten back to you but it got a little hectic around here.

As I suspect you have already heard the standby is over and no one is going to be deployed at this point. The local Salvation Army units have been provided with satellite phones and there is no longer a need for the SATERN operators to be deployed.

If you have an interest in joining SATERN - assuming you are not already a member - I recommend that you contact your Territorial Disaster Coordinator, Perron Goodyear (VE3PSG).

I hope to see you on our Nets and enrolled as a member sometime.

Ontario distracted driving legislation and Amateur Radio

Ontario distracted driving legislation and Amateur Radio

Like I said in the writeup, the exemption remains in place until Jan. 1, 2018, so mobile operating is allowed.

Calling All Ontario-based Amateur Radio Clubs and ARES Groups

January 1, 2017 – (e-Laws currency date)
December 17, 2015 – December 31, 2016
January 1, 2013 – December 16, 2015
September 6, 2012 – December 31, 2012
October 26, 2009 – September 5, 2012
September 29, 2009 – October 25, 2009

January 1, 2017 – (e-Laws currency date) December 17, 2015 – December 31, 2016 January 1, 2013 – December 16, 2015 September 6, 2012 – December 31, 2012 October 26, 2009 – September 5, 2012 September 29, 2009 – October 25, 2009

As you may well know, Amateur Radio operators in Ontario are enjoying a time-limited exemption under the Highway Traffic Act's distracted driving regulations, allowing us the use of mobile 2-way communications apparatus until January 1, 2018.

However, that day is approaching faster than we think. Amateur Radio operators have been utilizing mobile communications equipment safely and responsibly since before cellular telephony was popular and affordable. In addition, the equipment that can be found in the vehicles of thousands of hams across Canada translates to an instantly available means of communications in time of disaster - a network of no cost to the served agencies who may depend on it.

Every other Province and Territory in Canada has recognized the value of this fact, amongst others, and have granted us permanent exemptions in their laws respectively. Now it's time to ensure that Ontario does the same.

I am spear-heading the effort to lobby the MTO to make the exemption under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) Regulation 366/09 permanent to all certified Amateur Radio operators, but I need help. I am looking to compile the following documentation from as many individual sources as possible:

FCC Changes to PRS Bands GMRS, FRS, CB & MURS

FCC Changes to PRS Bands – GMRS, FRS, CB & MURS

FCC Part 95 Rule Changes for 2017
On May 18th 2017, the FCC adopted parts of a long-standing Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that affects several of the PRS (Personal Radio Service) bands, which include GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service), FRS (Family Radio Service), and CB (Citizens Band), now called the CBRS (CB Radio Service). MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) remains largely unchanged.

Implementation of the rules took effect 30 days after the new order was published on 08/29/17 (effective on 09/28/17), but some of the equipment changes required by the new rules won’t take place for 90 days to 24 months.
We’ll dive deeper into the changes and also what exciting new gear and programming configurations we’ll be offering to take advantage of the new GMRS capabilities in future posts, but in the meantime, here are some bullet points of the rule changes that might affect BetterSafeRadio customers and FRS/GMRS users in general:
  • Hybrid FRS/GMRS “Bubble Pack” radios will no longer be certified in the future by the FCC. Radios will now only be certified as either FRS, or GMRS (or MURS), etc.
  • FRS radios can now operate on the previously GMRS-only 462 MHz (GMRS ch. 15-22) Channels. Yes, these are the GMRS repeater output frequencies, which could cause even more repeater interference by FRS users (especially considering the next item below), but they will not be allowed to transmit on the repeater input channels, so no repeater use for FRS.
  • FRS radios will now be authorized to use up to 2 Watts ERP (Effective Radiated Power) on FRS 462 MHz frequencies (FRS ch. 1-7), and on the new shared FRS/GMRS 462 MHz frequencies (GMRS ch. 15-22). This means a kid with an FRS radio running 2W next door to you, might be able to mask your repeater reception if they are close to your antenna (although they’ve been doing this with the hybrid FRS/GMRS radios for years).
  • Existing FRS/GMRS hybrid radios that use 2W or less, will now be retro-reclassified as FRS radios, using the new expanded FRS capabilities.
  • Existing FRS/GMRS hybrid radios that put out MORE than 2W, will now be retro-reclassified as GMRS radios, will still require a GMRS license, and will allow the new expanded FRS/GMRS interstitial channels (previously FRS-only ch. 8-14 – see below).
  • GMRS will now become Part 95E (instead of Part 95A), FRS (Part 95B) and MURS (Part 95J) remaining the same.

Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment

Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment

SATERN: Salvation Army Team Radio Network

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has been asked to recruit SATERN Amateur Radio operators for potential deployment to TSA’s Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Division. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, emphasizes that this is a recruitment request to be on standby only.

“This will not be an easy deployment so operators interested in deploying on behalf of The Salvation Army should carefully read and ensure that they can meet the conditions and requirements,” Feist said.


QRP Rig Comparison , FT817 / X108G / X5105 / mcHF RS-918

QRP Rig Comparison , FT817 / X108G / X5105 / mcHF RS-918

Here is a video explaining the basic comparisons to each one of these radios. You may or may not have seen all of these HF radios, and a video of each one can be seen on my channel. If you are familiar with each one of these radios, and you are debating which one to get, then this video will give you a general idea as to which one may best fit your needs. 

Video Here:

Government of Ontario plans on introducing tougher distracted driving legislation

Distracted and careless drivers will soon face even more stringent penalties.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon announced plans to introduce new legislation in the fall that would “help protect pedestrians and cyclists and reduce the number of people killed or injured by impaired, distracted and dangerous drivers.”

“Ontario is taking action to reduce the number of people killed by impaired, distracted and dangerous drivers,” said Del Duca, in a September 20th, 2017 media release. “These measures will help keep some of our most vulnerable road users safe and help us drive home the message that dangerous, impaired and distracted driving is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated.”

The new legislation will include stricter penalties for careless driving that results in death or bodily harm; “increased penalties” and “escalating fines” for drivers who commit more than one pedestrian-related offence; and, notably, “tougher penalties” for distracted driving, “including higher fines, more demerit points and license suspensions.”

Hytera Wins Trademark Infringement Case

Hytera Wins Trademark Infringement Case

Hytera Communications Corporation Limited has won a verdict, where Changsha Intermediate People's Court of Hunan Province ruled that Quanzhou TYT Electronics Co., Ltd. infringed Hytera’s trademark by adopting the brand name “Tytera.

The comnpany used the brand name Tytera for its products and promoting relevant products in the market. The court ordered Quanzhou TYT Electronics Co., Ltd. to pay Hytera RMB 2,800,000 as damages and ruled that they shall immediately cease all the infringement activities.

Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, used to be known as Shenzhen HYT Science & Technology Co., Ltd., launched “Hytera” as its new corporate brand and digital product line brand in March, 2010, while “HYT” remained as the analog product line brand. Since its foundation in 1993, Hytera has made lots of efforts in bringing the most valuable professional communications solutions to users by constant technological innovation. Synchronizing with the whole new line of digital two-way radios, including TETRA, DMR and PDT, the launching of “Hytera” brand in 2010 symbolized the company entering a new era.

United States Getting Your HAM Amateur Radio HAM Radio Licence

Getting Your HAM Amateur Radio HAM Radio Licence United States
Getting Your United States HAM Amateur Radio Technicians License

HAM Radio Licence  United States
HAM Radio Licence  Canada

How do I get an amateur radio license?

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