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Spectrum Abuse

Ama­teur radio is a radio com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vice which relies on respon­si­ble oper­at­ing stan­dards to ensure that the spec­trum is kept clear of inten­tion­al or avoid­able interference.

IARU sup­ports the DX Code of Con­duct for oper­a­tors and also itself spon­sors the prin­ci­ples in the book­let “Ethics and Oper­at­ing Pro­ce­dures for the Radio Ama­teur”, authored by John, ON4UN and Mark, ON4WW. Copies of this book­let in many lan­guages are avail­able on the IARU Region 1 website.

For­tu­nate­ly, new SDR-based direc­tion find­ing net­works are mak­ing it eas­i­er to locate those oper­a­tors who inten­tion­al­ly set out to inter­rupt ama­teur communications.

An exam­ple of SDR TDOA direc­tion find­ing — the DWD trans­mit­ter at Pinneberg 

Caus­ing inten­tion­al inter­fer­ence is irre­spon­si­ble and gives spec­trum reg­u­la­tors a poor impres­sion of ama­teur radio. Please report cas­es to your nation­al IARU mem­ber society.

Print This Page Updated on February 11, 2020

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