use in this article, the term 'ORB' (short for Online Remote Base)
applies to all the remote bases or radios available on RemoteHams.com
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Please Follow the Rules; or the radio owner will ban you!
* DO NOT tune an ORB without asking first.
* DO NOT 'take-over' an ORB as if it is your own.
* DO NOT relay any transmission heard to a 3rd party.
* DO NOT use any ORB for commercial purposes.
* DO NOT share your account information with others.
General Remote Usage Guidelines
Respect Admins and TX Users, users with an (A) or (X) on a remote have special access and control over regular users.
Ask To Tune Policy
Please ask to tune the remote if someone else is present. If they do not respond within 2 minutes, feel free to tune. If they respond requesting you do not tune, please allow a maximum of 10 minutes for them to finish.
Ignoring requests to tune from other users may result in you losing your tuning session. If you attempt to re-tune without allowing the new user 10 minutes to tune or do not ask to tune first, you may be "hi-jacking" the remote.
For remotes that have the "Ask To Tune" system enabled, this policy is enforced (You have to ask to tune.).
Wait To Tune Policy
If you have been using a remote for more than 10 minutes and someone else is present, please allow them to tune for a full 10 minutes. If you have been using the remote for more than 10 minutes without allowing another user a full 10 minute session, you may be "hi-jacking" the remote. For remotes that have the "Wait To Tune" system enabled, this 10 minute policy is enforced (Your forced into a list of users waiting to tune.)
Preventing Hi-Jackers (Reserved Slots)
For users complaining about other users "hi-jacking"; activate a Reserved Slot and the remote can not be hi-jacked for 30 minutes. Once your Reserved Slot expires, you must wait 10 minutes to activate another slot so someone else can tune the remote or have a chance to activate a Reserved Slot. Every users has the same right to activate a Reserved Slot. The owner of the remote has the option to enable or disable the Reserved Slot system.Legal Information (General Public)
It is not illegal to receive radio transmissions for the public; therefore, it is not illegal for the public to receive radio transmissions on an ORB.
must follow your country's "Rules & Regulations" for radio
communications or you may find yourself breaking your local
government's laws. For users in the USA, refer to the FCC laws below. In most Euro countries, refer to the "Wireless
Telegraphy Act" for specific details. Warning!
It may be illegal to receive transmissions you are not licensed to
receive. In general, you may receive the following radio
a) amateur or citizens band stations (Ham Radio, CB, etc.)
b) licensed broadcasting stations (AM, FM, Shortwave, etc.)
c) beacons, navigation and weather stations (ATC, Beacons, NOAA, etc.)
Licensed radio amateurs may obtain transmit privileges on remote bases
located in their country. Depending on the laws in the remote base's
country, you may be able to transmit as a 3rd Party without a license. For example, in the USA
an Amateur Radio Licensee may act as a 'control operator' in
the transmission of a non-licensed 3rd party; as long as the Amateur Radio
Licensee has physical (local) control over the ORB and properly identifies
RemoteHams.com is used at your own responsibility & risk. We can not be held responsible for any damage to hardware/software that may have been caused by the use of our website/software; or any laws you did not follow. If a user is found to be doing illegal activity they will be banned from the system. As the audio source of an ORB is not a fixed frequency, the ORB owner is not responsible for any rules or regulations the control operator did not follow for both owner's & operator's specific country; however, the ORB owner has sole responsibility for stopping any illegal transmission emitting from their ORB. Remember that it is you, the control operator, who is responsible for your transmissions, tuning, and receiving on any ORB.
We can not guarantee 24/7 access to any ORB and it may be taken offline at any moment without notice due to emergency situations, weather changes (storms), or internet problems that may occur.
More Information for USA Amateurs [FCC Laws]
[ FCC Part 97.213 ]
Telecommand is defined by the FCC as a one-way transmission to initiate, modify or terminate functions of a device at a distance [97.3(a)(43)]. If you are using a radio or wire line link to remotely control a station, this is "telecommand." The rules contain several requirements for remote control and telecommand operation:
1) Provision must be incorporated to limit transmissions to no more than three minutes if the control link fails. If the control link fails while your transmitter is keyed, the transmitter could be seriously damaged (not to mention the interference it would cause) if there was no three-minute timer to shut if off [97.213(b)]. But this also means that if the control link is functioning properly, there is no requirement for the station to have a three-minute "reset" or turn-off timer.
2) The station must be protected so that unauthorized transmissions cannot be made, whether deliberately or accidentally. This refers to providing safeguards on your remotely controlled station so it cannot be used by unauthorized operators. Most remote station licensees incorporate the use of DTMF tones or CTCSS systems to limit access to the control system to only those people who know the codes. You, as the licensee, are responsible for all transmissions from your remote station, just as you are responsible for your home station [97.213(c)]. This responsibility applies all the time, even if you share the control operator duties with other amateurs.
3) A photocopy of the station license and a label with the name, address, and telephone number of the station licensee and at least one designated control operator must be posted in a conspicuous place at the station location [97.213(d)].
4) Control (or telecommand) links may be wire (a telephone, fiber optic line, Internet, etc.) or radio. The FCC says that if a radio link is used, the station where the control commands are performed is an auxiliary station [97.213(a)] and an auxiliary station is "an amateur station transmitting communications point-to-point within a system of cooperating amateur stations" [97.3(a)(7)]. All auxiliary operations must be conducted on appropriate frequencies above 222.15 MHz.