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Re: Satellite QRM in West-Pac

I can confirm this from a friend's account of his trip to Thailand.  
Asia and the Pacific tend to have almost completely unregulated use of 
VHF frequencies -- if their radios will transmit on a frequency, they'll 
use it.  There is also nothing even vaguely resembling a band plan or 
frequency coordination even among 'official' radio services -- police, 
fire, etc. -- if you need to talk on the radio with someone, you agree 
beforehand on a frequency that isn't too crowded and you go there.  Sort 
of like Mexico, but less organized.

An unrelated but amusing little factoid from the same region is that the 
King is frequently pictured talking on or at least holding an HT.  
Apparently they're considered tokens of power .. ;-)

On Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at 08:56 AM, Bob Bruninga wrote:

> QRM on the Amateur Satellite Bands from non-licensed users...
> Here is a report I just got from the phillipines.  I thought you might
> like to see the part about the total anacrchy on the use of the
> spectrum...  They are probably using HAM radios, because they are
> so cheap...
>  de WB4APR@amsat.org, Bob
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 13:56:48 +0800
> From: Pat Snyder
> To: Bob Bruninga <bruninga@usna.edu>
> Subject: PCSat reception reports
> [Bagabag Phillipines]
> The station here is not so advanced as to have an automatic gateway.  
> It is
> an ICOM IC-910H with an old MFJ-1270B attached.  I am logging the 
> passes on
> a '486 laptop using HyperTerminal. My antenna is an ICOM DiskCone at 
> about
> 15 feet.
> As an aside -- The use of VHF frequencies over here is very different 
> than
> in the US or Europe.  It is pretty much "anything goes - anywhere".  
> There
> is an amateur service with its allocation (144 to 146) but in reality if
> someone has a radio (and many do), they can transmit anywhere they 
> want -
> from 130 to 175 Mhz.  In fact there are some folks camped out on 
> 145.825.
> Fortunetly they are not too active so it hasn't been much of a problem
> monitoring PCSat.  Perhaps some of my beacons to the bird will encourage
> them to find another frequency.
> Pat

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