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Deliberate and constant interferance N9XAW on 8/1/17
The Maritime Moble net serves no legitimate purpose.
The only purpose it serves is to reserve a frequency for a special group of hams, so they can converse with goofballs and screwballs that wants to talk to someone but doesn't want to actually call CQ and doesn't actually want to say anything.
Listen to the conversations - it is all - wow - you are really strong here, your signal is 5/9.. I'm using a G5RV and XXX brand transceiver, thanks for being here, seventy three's.. Blah Blah Blah

The only legitimate purpose the net could possibly have is if all other forms of communications has failed, that someone distressed could possibly tune into the net, and if they could by chance be heard over all the LIDS giving their Seventy Threes - they could get a message thru, since the net runs 8 hours a day.

With all the other forums of radio available to someone at sea, amateur radio is probably the last resort for those people.
They have their own frequencies and they have other forms of communications at their disposal - such as a Sat Phone and digital modes available to them that is much more efficient then SSB Phone on 20 meters.

The problem with 20 meters is that it doesn't talk local.
Yes you can talk to someone when the band conditions permits, but if you were in Pennsylvania, your chances would be better of getting someone in California then it would be of talking to someone else in Pennsylvania or Ohio, New York, West Virginia.

It is the nature of the band for it to make longer hops then 40 or 75 / 80 meters...
FCC Dismisses Two Petitions from Radio Amateurs WD3D on 8/1/17
How many years has it been since the last Advanced or Novice License was issued. 2000?
That is 17 years ago........
Even if you only read one page of the license manual a day, The ARRL Extra Class License Manual is only 496 pages, cover to cover. In one year and 5 months you could have read it, and in 3 years you could have read it twice!
Geesh, how much more do we have to do to get them to upgrade?
California no hands law AI6OZ on 8/1/17
Why would it need to include CELL PHONES?

Cell phones is not amateur radio equipment, and you shouldn't ever hold anything against your ear while you are driving!
Distracted driving causes more wrecks then anything else.

If you included CELL PHONES - what would stop everyone from just getting a license so they could circumvent the rules?
What justifies allowing someone with an amateur radio license to break the rules that everyone else must follow?

You can Blue Tooth a cell phone, along with CB radios, there is no reason for someone to text while driving. That is what it all boils down to, people browsing and people texting.
FCC Dismisses Two Petitions from Radio Amateurs WD3D on 8/1/17
The FCC has turned down two petitions filed in 2016, each seeking similar changes in the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. James Edwin Whedbee, N0ECN, of Gladstone, Missouri, had asked the Commission to amend the rules to reduce the number of Amateur Radio operator classes to Technician, General, and Amateur Extra by merging remaining Novice class licensees into the Technician class and all Advanced class licensees into the Amateur Extra class. In a somewhat related petition, Jeffrey H. Siegell, WB2YRL, of Burke, Virginia, had requested that the FCC grant Advanced class license holders Morse code operating privileges equivalent to those enjoyed by Amateur Extra class licensees.

What is your opinion?
Power LIne Question W4DD on 4/1/16
Trying to find power line noise can get involved. I had a similar problem about 4 years ago. A ham - online, that has a web site dedicated to this type of problem, and was an engineer and ex utility lineman gave me some advice. Utility power is 60 cycles, anything other than 60 cycles will radiate over the power lines.
Suggestions were to build a loop antenna for radio direction finding. Start at the pole closest to your house. Listen to the noise level, walk away from your home, does the intensity level change?
At each pole, strike the pole - near the base, with a 10 lbs. sledge hammer, does the noise level change in intensity or momentarily go away?
This type of test is for arcing / loose hardware.
Keep walking towards the noise, eventually it will get louder until you get past the point where the noise is located, and then it will reduce in intensity.
This is just for power-line noise.
RF noise is a whole different ball game.
If the source is broadband over power-line - some type of transmitter connected to the power-line, you will need to find the transmitter and report it to it's owner and eventually the FCC if you can't get them to shut it off or make it stop making noise.
Utility companies - Water, Gas, Electric uses these types of transmitters / receivers to monitor and report your meter readings or control wells, storage tanks, and pumping stations. In my situation, this involved walking the line approximately 1 mile in both directions from my home. The discovery was a single utility pole outside of a Pennsylvania American water company pumping station that was using the power line as a antenna and had a bogus meter / transmitter - Turtle System - installed. The RF level was from 60 Hz to well over 3 GHz.
The electric company spent over one hundred thousand dollars - replacing faulty transformers, inspecting lines and insulators in the neighborhood, just to fix a problem they did not create. They even hired a outside contractor with a special helicopter and technician. The technician sat on a bolster chair and inspected the power line and insulators. The inspection also involved using a infrared camera, thermal imaging, and a video camera, used to document the condition of the power line and insulators, probably for insurance reasons. All inspections were done manually - hands on. Your noise could be as much as 5 miles away, depending upon what kind of noise it is, and what is creating the noise. It could be a grow light ballast or something else, not even related to the power company's equipment that is coupling with the power line.
I would suggest that you find other hams in the neighborhood with a similar complaint.

Borrow a different transceiver or two and see if the noise level is similar or different.

The TS 450 / 690 is not a very good performer when it comes to noise rejection.

The ARRL furnished me with the name of the gentleman that helped me with my power line noise problem complaint, and helped me resolve my issues.

ps. - A subsequent problem discovered while doing these inspections was that the transformer feeding the power to my home was faulty and was not delivering a true 120 VAC / 60 cycles. My equipment showed a funky 120 VAC that fluctuated between 50 and 100 cycles. Incandescent light bulbs failed at a rate of about once a week. The motor in my refrigerator, and power transformer for my furnace sounded like a airplane getting ready for take off at the airport. It destroyed the wall wart transformer for my Craftsman cordless drill battery charger and all the batteries in my cordless phones.
I really did do the neighborhood a big favor by complaining about the power line noise, more then they will ever know! There was 6 homes connected to that transformer! Each of them experienced some type of damage caused by that faulty transformer.

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