Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

Terms of Service

Last updated: 2023-08-17

1. Acceptance of Terms

By accessing and using the Ham Community website (the “Website”), you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service (the “Terms”). If you do not agree to these Terms, please do not use the Website.

2. Changes to the Terms

We may modify these Terms at any time, and such modifications will be effective immediately upon posting the modified Terms on the Website. You agree to review the Terms periodically to be aware of such modifications.

3. User Conduct

You agree to not use the Website in a way that:

  • Violates any local, state, national, or international laws
  • Harms or threatens harm to any person or entity
  • Spreads malicious software or code
  • Harvests or collects information about others without their consent

Additionally, you agree to adhere to Ham Community strict code of civility as follows:

  • Abstain from ad hominem attacks on any member of the community
  • Avoid divisive discussion notably regarding politics, religion, constitutional issues; this is a site for discussion relating to amateur radio above all

4. User Content

Any content you post on the Website is your sole responsibility. You agree not to post content that:

  • Is unlawful, harmful, or defamatory.
  • Violates intellectual property rights.
  • Contains viruses or other harmful code.

We reserve the right to remove or modify user content at our discretion.

5. Privacy

Your use of the Website is also governed by our Privacy Policy, which can be found below.

6. Limitation of Liability

To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Website and its owners, affiliates, and partners will not be liable for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss arising from your use of the Website.

7. Termination

We reserve the right to terminate or suspend your access to the Website without prior notice, for conduct that we believe violates these Terms or is harmful to other users, us, third parties, or for any other reason.

We reserve the right to terminate or suspend this website without prior notice for any reason. Users will have no right of claim over content. If possible, the Website will make every attempt to, when and if requested, export a users content back to the user. If this is not possible, or if there was no request. the Website will delete all content and retain no copies.

8. Governing Law

These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of [Jurisdiction, e.g., “the state of California”]. Any disputes arising under or in connection with these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [Jurisdiction].

9. Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns about these Terms, please contact us at important at support.hamcommunity.com.

Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://ham.community. Ham Community is the umbrella site of the Ham Community complex of websites which are owned and operated by K3MRI and his sole ownership company Excess Noise LLC (MD).


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email. Ham Community / Excess Noise LLC never sell data with a third party – ever. The only time data may be shared is when an IP address or other anonymized metadata may be visible to a third party plugin or application such as analytics or SEO.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Note that amateur radio operators who receive a new or vanity callsign may ask the Ham Community administrator to change their username; this is done manually in the backend administrative interface of the website; it cannot be done – for technical reasons – by the user on the frontend.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Note that deletion of your account does not include the deletion of your posted content. Deleting said content would alter the usability and understanding of discussions or other forms of engagement; you agree to this.

Where your data is sent

As said in the sign up onto the website, we share zero information with outside providers except comments which may be checked intermittently through our automated spam detection service so as to ensure zero to minimal spam on Ham Community.