Tag: cellular

Washington state House votes to ban holding phones while driving

The Washington state House approved a measure Wednesday that would ban holding hand-held devices while driving. The measure passed the Democratic-controlled chamber on a 63-35 vote. It now heads back to the Republican-controlled Senate for agreement on changes made in the House. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center, told the Associated […]

FCC reforms ‘outdated’ 800MHz band rules

The FCC has decided to modernise its cellular licensing and power rules in the 800MHz cellular band to provide millions of wireless customers with greater access to networks at faster speeds By updating various technical and service rules applicable to the 800MHz cellular service band, carriers should now be better enabled to transition cellular spectrum […]

Two-Way Radio Users Worried California’s Cellphone Ban Is Too Broad

Back in January, it became illegal to hold your cell phone while driving. But now some drivers say the law unfairly targets radio users as well and they want that to change. “I’m driving down the road and talking on this radio,” said Norm Lucas, holding his high frequency radio microphone. “Doing that simple act […]

via HACKADAY: Shmoocon 2017: Dig Out Your Old Brick Phone

The 90s were a wonderful time for portable communications devices. Cell phones had mass, real buttons, and thick batteries – everything you want in next year’s flagship phone. Unfortunately, Zach Morris’ phone hasn’t been able to find a tower for the last decade, but that doesn’t mean these phones are dead. This weekend at Shmoocon, […]

via HACKADAY: Rotary Cell Phone: Blast from a Past that Never Was

The 1970s called and they want their rotary dial cell phone back. Looking for all the world like something assembled from the Radio Shack parts department – remember when Radio Shack sold parts? – [Mr_Volt]’s build is a celebration of the look and feel of a hobbyist build from way back when. Looking a little […]

Verizon workers can now be fired if they fix copper phone lines

Verizon has told its field technicians in Pennsylvania that they can be fired if they try to fix broken copper phone lines. Instead, employees must try to replace copper lines with a device that connects to Verizon Wireless’s cell phone network. This directive came in a memo from Verizon to workers on September 20. “Failure […]

Baltimore PD’s phone surveillance allegedly violated FCC rules (Maryland)

A new legal complaint filed by a Georgetown Law professor claims that law enforcement agencies using Stingray cell-site spoofing devices are in violation of standard FCC rules because they don’t have the proper spectrum licenses to operate the equipment. The complaint, filed by professor Laura Moy on behalf of three different advocacy groups, specifically calls […]

Unravelling the mysteries surrounding amateur radio components (UK)

A lot has been said and written about ham radio equipments over the years. However, that has not helped in demystifying the numerous misconceptions about ham radio components. The perfect and well selected DX amateur radio equipment offers more to any particular user than any of the other radio signals transmitting device within the same […]

via HACKADAY: The Problem with Software Defined Radio

There’s a problem with software defined radio. It’s not that everyone needs to re-learn what TEMPEST shielding is, and it’s not that Bluetooth is horribly broken. SDR’s biggest problem is one of bandwidth and processing. With a simple USB TV Tuner, you can listen in on aircraft, grab Landsat images from hundreds of miles up, […]

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