This news blog headline was inspired by something that shows up now and then in my Monopoly game.
You probably will not “Go directly to jail.” but you may hear from the Volunteer Monitor crew if you unknowing do what I am about to describe.
The ARRL posted an article in their News section describing how there has been an increase in HF on-the-air operations taking place outside of the privileges available to the Operator based on his or her license class.
The article cites instances of Technician Class operators transmitting digital modes in the 40 Meter Band and in the 20 Meter Band. The ARRL reminds its readers that Technicians do not have digital mode privileges in those bands.
There is one HF band in which Technician Class operators may transmit digital modes. That is the 10 Meter Band from 28.000 MHz to 28.300 MHz.
Reminder — don’t crowd too close to the band edges. Your entire signal must be contained within the band allocation.
The ARRL article also cites instances of General Class operators transmitting in portions of the band that are not authorized for their license class.
Help yourself stay within the bounds of your license class by downloading and posting one of the ARRL US Amateur Radio Band charts at your operating position.
ARRL offers the chart in a nice variety of sizes and shapes. This is a free download for anyone.