RussellHltn wrote:Last I looked, it was only Channel 1 of 802.11B. All other channels have parts that go outside of the Amateur Radio allocation. I'd also question whether or not Amateur Radio can legally be used for Church "business". Emergency Communications, yes. Stake Conference - highly questionable.
The Ham band is 2.390-2.450 GHz
802.11b frequencies are:
1 -- 2.401 -- 2.412 -- 2.423
2 -- 2.404 -- 2.417 -- 2.428
3 -- 2.411 -- 2.422 -- 2.433
4 -- 2.416 -- 2.427 -- 2.438
5 -- 2.421 -- 2.432 -- 2.443
6 -- 2.426 -- 2.437 -- 2.448
7 -- 2.431 -- 2.442 -- 2.453
8 -- 2.436 -- 2.447 -- 2.458
9 -- 2.441 -- 2.452 -- 2.463
10 -- 2.446 -- 2.457 -- 2.468
11 -- 2.451 -- 2.462 -- 2.473
As for "Commercial Content", the rules on that changed several years ago:
Sec. 97.113 Prohibited transmissions.
(a) No amateur station shall transmit:
(1) Communications specifically prohibited elsewhere in this part;
(2) Communications for hire or for material compensation, direct or
indirect, paid or promised, except as otherwise provided in these rules;
(3) Communications in which the station licensee or control operator
has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an
employer. Amateur operators may, however, notify other amateur operators
of the availability for sale or trade of apparatus normally used in an
amateur station, provided that such activity is not conducted on a
(4) Music using a phone emission except as specifically provided
elsewhere in this section; communications intended to facilitate a
criminal act; messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their
meaning, except as otherwise provided herein; obscene or indecent words
or language; or false or deceptive messages, signals or identification.
(5) Communications, on a regular basis, which could reasonably be
furnished alternatively through other radio services.
The only part of a stake conference link that would be questionable is the music and that should be alright because it is a digital transmission.
Since this thread started out with a general direction of emergency communications, the following is also relevant:
Sec. 97.401 Operation during a disaster.
(a) When normal communication systems are overloaded, damaged or
disrupted because a disaster has occurred, or is likely to occur, in an
area where the amateur service is regulated by the FCC, an amateur
station may make transmissions necessary to meet essential communication
needs and facilitate relief actions.
(b) When a disaster disrupts normal communication systems in a
particular area, the FCC may declare a temporary state of communication
The declaration will set forth any special conditions and special rules
to be observed by stations during the communication emergency. A request
for a declaration of a temporary state of emergency should be directed
to the EIC in the area concerned.
(c) A station in, or within 92.6 km of, Alaska may transmit
emissions J3E and R3E on the channel at 5.1675 Mhz for emergency
communications. The channel must be shared with stations licensed in the
Alaska-private fixed service. The transmitter power must not exceed 150
Sec. 97.403 Safety of life and protection of property.
No provision of these rules prevents the use by an amateur station
of any means of radiocommunication at its disposal to provide essential
communication needs in connection with the immediate safety of human
life and immediate protection of property when normal communication
systems are not available.