Originally Posted by crui1948
I am reading the list of frequency allowed for the pactor protocol.
There are a lot of bands open for the ARRL Genereal Class.
So my understanding is to train only and go to the examination of the General Class - not the Extra Class
Is there a limitation?
May I use more bands - in particular those which are open for Pactor III bandwidth?
At the risk of being pedantic, it's the FCC General class license
ARRL is a user group which administers a lot of class tests on behalf of the FCC.
If you have the General license you may use all the freq's authorized for that class.
I believe there are band plans divvying up freq's in every band for different types of use: RTT, Packet, voice, code, amatuer TV, etc. Since much of the band plans is user agreed upon, via ARRL I believe, I am not sure they carry the force of law, but I don't think it's really worth pissing off all the other users by ignoring the band plan short of some emergency
nor in attracting unnecessary attention from the FCC.
If you are asking about Pactor III freq's not included in the Amatuer Radio
bands but included in marine
MF & HF bands, then you need a Ship Station License for the vessel and I believe a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit
To sum up:
Find out what freq's Pactor uses.
If the Pactor III freq's you want to use are in the Amatuer bands you need the General Class.
If they are not, you will need the Ship Station and Radiotelephone Operator's licenses.
If the Pactor freq's are in both then you will need all 3 licenses or you will need to pick a more limited set of freq's to use.
FCC: Wireless Services: Ship Radio Stations: Licensing