Proposal: Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio is governed by both National, and International Regulations. There is also the matter of reciprocal recognition for visiting operators. Ergo, it seems reasonable to be able to inform a travelling operator about variation in regulations - bands, emission modes, power levels.

I'm averse to a discussion of regulations applicable to a specific nation as it may get out of hand. Perhaps it may be reasonable to allow pointed questions on differences in regulation.


Acceptable Questions

  • Is 6M band open for visiting operators from IJK country in XYZ country?
  • Who is the appropriate authority to contact for a licence to operate in XYZ?
  • What is the equivalent class of a 'General' class operator in XYZ?

Unacceptable Questions/Moot

  • Should licencing be moved from XYZ Authority to KLM authority?
  • Why are Power levels in country PQR different from country ABC for band ZAB?
  • I personally think all those questions look fine. Any out of hand discussions should be handled my the mods real quick.
    – Seth
    Commented Aug 10, 2013 at 0:27
  • Thanks (+: updated to provide an example of potentially unacceptable questions in addition to an example of acceptable questions already posted.
    – Everyone
    Commented Aug 10, 2013 at 2:33
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    Hm. The first unacceptable question is indeed unacceptable, however it is an opinion based question and those should be closed. The second one might be a valid question, depending on circumstances (there might actually be an answer.. there might not).
    – Seth
    Commented Aug 10, 2013 at 3:14

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The acceptable questions are just fine. There might be some benefit to discussing the whys behind laws, but these can often be quite difficult to find (Most laws don't seem to have a why behind them), but if there's a why, it would be on topic. However, if you know there's a why, then you probably aren't asking it. Thus, it's kind of a gray area.

Bottom line, asking questions about the differences between countries could be quite interesting, and should provide for some interesting discussions!

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    Loved the parenthesized remark "Most laws don't seem to have a why behind them" (+: Talk of irony.
    – Everyone
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 17:51
  • Sad, but true, unfortunately... I suppose they have a why behind them, just not a why that makes any sense to anyone outside of those who authored the bill. Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 19:46
  • Agreed. My apologies if it appeared as though I were criticizing.
    – Everyone
    Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 5:26

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