nettime's_roving_reporter on Tue, 6 Apr 1999 21:45:09 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Swatch spams HAM: 'free' frequencies get eaten


The Russian Space Agency has incurred the wrath and ire of
amateur radio operators world wide by having contracted with
the Swiss watch company "Swatch" to deploy a small French
built satellite which will transmit advertising and messages
sent in from Swatch website users.

The satellite will transmit a narrow band FM signal in the
145.80 MHz - 146.00 MHz portion of the two meter amateur
(HAM radio) band. This is in apparent violation of
International Telecommunications Union treaty and U.S. FCC
regulations. For further information see the Swatch Protest
and Boycott Website <>.

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