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What is a Voicelid?
Categories: Ham Radio, Shortwave
by Admin on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 at 20:26:32

On the ham radio bands, a voicelid is an operator who is transmitting voice within, or partially within, a portion of the band traditionally reserved for data.

For instance, the USB carrier frequencies  14.230  MHz and  14.233  MHz have traditionally been reserved for slow scan television operations (also known as "SSTV") for more than 50 years now:

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20 Meter ARO Band

So with regard to these frequencies, USB voice operation above  14.227  MHz (presuming 3 KHz voice bandwidth, which is generous) and below  14.236  MHz self-identifies the operator as a voicelid, as would (non-traditional, to say the least) LSB carrier point operation below  14.239  MHZ and above  14.230  MHz.

This is true both during non-contest and contest periods. Contests provide no legitimate excuse to intentionally interfere with others — that's not radiosport. That's simply rude, as well as outright forbidden.

This does not apply to USB voice transmissions on  14.230  or  14.233  that are actually SSTV related — those are part of normal SSTV operations.

So take a little time to learn about traditional non-voice allocations on all of the bands you operate within, and carefully respect the tiny bits of bandwidth they occupy. This is one of those important bits of operational knowledge that distinguishes the skilled radio operators from the unskilled ones.

#voicelid #sstv

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