About a year ago, I remember having a discussion with one of my radio club members about Internet auction site sales of VHF/UHF radios, how it was far too easy and that it would only be a matter of time before kids and the Muppets with the IQ of a daffodil got their hand on them.
Sure enough, it seems my words are coming true.
About four weeks ago, a pirate popped up on my frequency, while I was activating Shining Tor with G1STQ and started keying up when I refused to acknowledge him
This morning, I was listening to the Sausage and Scouse net being ruined by a dead keyer/DJ and then GB3VT suffering at the hands of some idiot
It’s crazy, that someone who is just out of nappies, can simply go online, shell out £35 and buy an Amateur rig, without so much as a by your leave.
It would appear that some repeaters are now becoming the VHF equivalent of 27.555mHz.
IMHO, it’s time this was looked into by OFCOM or the BBC or whoever has responsibility for Amateur Radio, this week.