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The trouble with many of these questions is that they don't have any single answer. Looking at other sites, we regularly answer questions that might have several thousand options. There's more than one way to make a program do something specific, and more than one solution for a particular electronic design problem. It becomes a problem when there are ...


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Yes. To quote Wikipedia's definition of amateur radio, it is the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. Similar language is found in both national and international regulation surrounding amateur radio. The key ...


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As I see it, the following are the case: We allow questions that happen to be about CB, FRS, low-power operations (Part 15 in the US), etc. because they are typically in the spirit of amateur radio: everyday people using two-way radio for personal uses or for technical experimentation; and because the communities overlap. The phrase "the technology of radio"...


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Off-topic: Radio broadcasting to the general public Amateur radio is not about broadcasting to the general public. Such questions are unlikely to be of relevance to radio amateurs in general, and are likely to fall well outside of the national and international regulations surrounding amateur radio. Meta post


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As I think more about specifically why I don't like these questions, maybe it's not what I think. There's a certain level of cluefullness it takes to ask a good question. Here's an example of a pretty bad question that could be on cooking.SE: How can I make spaghetti with a blue spatula? Does a blue spatula have anything to do with how spaghetti is made?...


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I'll give some general advice on these. This is not a close reason, just some general advice on using them. They should be need-driven It's very tempting to be preemptive with these, because you can often reasonably predict the kinds of questions that you'll probably not want. However, try to wait until you've got a real-world lingering problem that one of ...


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Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. Amateurs are licensed by national regulatory bodies around the world. Questions are expected to be about Amateur radio ...


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You are starting with an obvious and agreeable assertion: "Questions that aren't off topic shouldn't be moved", but really your issue is with what's on-topic. This is a loaded question: anyone who disagrees with you is now suggested as supporting the opposing viewpoint: "Questions that are on-topic should be moved", which is wrong and absurd. If you want to ...


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What's asked in this meta question is a bit complex, so the answer is going to be a bit complicated... I see several angles here: Technologies commonly used for Amateur Radio and technologies used for other types of radio transmissions, which may or may not be used by amateurs. Experimentation by amateur radio operators but not by Amateur Radio ...


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I would close them. On topic: How does a repeater work? What are the essential components of a repeater? How can I estimate the power and antenna requirements to cover an area? That's not what's being asked in these questions. They are much closer to product recommendation questions. One of the questions blatantly asks: Can I use our existing Kenwood ...


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On-topic: CB, FRS, PMR446 and similar personal two-way radio communications While not falling strictly into the Amateur Radio Service, these: Can provide an introduction to radio and serve as a stepping stone to amateur radio licensing for the individual Are technologies which are readily accessible to the general public Use frequencies near or in some ...


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Yes, there is no meaningful difference and expanding the wording is moderately useful. However, if we're going to be exacting about the wording for the sake of speculative problems, then note that for questions like “Where is there a web site/program which provides the information...” there's a good chance the thing is free, but “shopping” weakly implies a ...


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This question asks for recommendations for specific products, services, software, or electronic designs, which are off-topic as they attract opinionated rather than comprehensive answers. Please consider rephrasing your question in terms of what you should be looking for given your use case or whether a specific product has the capability you need. ...


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