Very cool that you got a STA. I know it can be a pain in the butt. (Try launching a weather balloon with a beacon on it like a few of my friends did.)
As you can tell, I'm a bit passionate about radio stuff and doing it right. It isn't super hard to go through the proper steps to do things right. Also taking the time to do research could stop you from causing interference that could really do some damage somewhere.
One reason I say that it is hard to deal with is demonstrated by the application process. An STA is a do-it-yourself online application (FCC Form 601). Since it is for a temporary period it does not require paying for a frequency coordinator. Although the app is java based and is not intuitive and the online help info is lacking. The first time I did it I could not really find any quick resources, so I just plodded through it and submitted it. The FCC then rejected it, which I expected. The strange thing is that when you fill out an application online, they mail you a LETTER with the things you need to correct--you cannot see the reason for denial in your electronic app. If you want to see it online, you have to exit your account and search on your FRN (FCC account number) and then look up comments.
Just like the government to have your e-mail on file but send you a letter!
I too have manage to get a license to operate my radios, now when attending events I also do research on which frequencies are used at the various locations. In the Grayling area that list is about 3 pages long encompassing all bandwidths. It's not just having a programmable radio but also knowing which frequencies are in use. In all of the BS events that I've played in there wasn't really a need for individual squad members to have a radio since we were always within eyesight of each other.
Post by eagledriver on Aug 5, 2014 13:13:44 GMT -5
Tankleader, that is the intent of the squad integrity concept at Blacksheep games. Even when you have to RTB because you are REDCON 5 the whole squad goes. But there are some squads that like their own comms - so I allocate frequencies for them to use as well.