Topband: Legality of Circumventing Commercial Maritime ISP Services??
hdwhite at charter.net
Sat Mar 15 22:49:00 EDT 2014
Yachtsmen may be using amateur radio in order to avoid paying the fees
for more expensive maritime email systems, perhaps such as
http://www.sailmail.com/ , which charges an annual vessel fee of $250.
This is most certainly a "radio service".
Winlink on the other hand, operates under Part 97 of FCC Regulations.
They market themselves to boat owners for maritime use. See
http://www.winlink.org/node/233 for details.
My question is simple and legitimate. After reading FCC Part 97.113
which deals with Prohibited Amateur Communications, the rules
specifically state routine communications are prohibited in cases where
other radio services are available. Are the yachtsmen using email
servers operating within our amateur spectrum in compliance with FCC
FCC Part 97.113 a: No amateur station shall transmit,
(5)Communications, on a regular basis, which could reasonably be
furnished alternatively through other radio services.
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