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1.2 Licensed (HAM) Operation

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By changing these settings, you are self certifying that you are licensed to operate in the mode you have chosen. Failure to comply with your local regulations may result in fines.

Overview

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This written US only, may or may not be applicable elsewhere.

Meshtastic can be used by both unlicensed people and licensed operators. If you use Meshtastic with your ham radio license, there are additional privileges and restrictions to consider.

PrivilegesRestrictions
  • Additional Power
  • Higher gain antennas
  • Unencrypted
  • Identified with your ID

Settings

SettingAcceptable ValuesDefault
set-hamstring""

set-ham

If you are a licensed HAM operator, you can set this variable to be your ID.

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By changing these settings, you are self certifying that you are licensed to operate in the mode you have chosen. Failure to comply with your local regulations may result in fines.

Set HAM ID

Set HAM ID
meshtastic --set-ham KI1345

Details

Toggling set-ham changes your device settings in the following ways.

Settingset-ham DefaultNormal Default
is_licensed (Protobuf)truefalse
long_name (Protobuf)idUser Defined
psk (Protobuf)""See Channel Settings - psk
short_name (Protobuf)TODOUser Defined

Ham Operators

(This written US only, may be applicable elsewhere)

Meshtastic can be used by both unlicensed people and licensed operators.

Having a ham radio license grants you addition privilages and restrictions.

Additional privilages

  • Additional power
  • Higher gain antennas

Restrictions

  • Unencrypted
  • Identified with your ID

Let's do it!

Remember, by doing this you are self certifying that you are licensed operate in the mode you have chosen. Failure to comply with your local regulations may result in fines.

Use the Python CLI

Meshtastic is designed to be used without a radio operator license. If you do have a license you can set your operator ID and turn off encryption with the Python CLI:

Expected Output
# You should see a result similar to this:
mydir$ meshtastic --port /dev/ttyUSB1 --set-ham KI1345
Connected to radio
Setting Ham ID to KI1345 and turning off encryption
Writing modified channels to device