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BE Informed No. 6.0

 

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Club Station

Document of Organization

GO-BY

John B. Johnston W3BE

A club station license grant enables the members of an amateur radio club to have a station transmitting its Section 97.119(a) station identification announcements with a unique club station call sign. The license is granted only to the Section 97.5(b)(2) license trustee for the club. It conveys no operating privileges. There is no limit to the number of club station license grants that can be held by the same club or by the same club station license trustee.

   Section 97.5(b)(2) says: a club station license grant may be held only by the person who is the license trustee designated by an officer of the club. The trustee must be a person who holds an operator/primary station license grant. The club must be composed of at least four persons and must have a name, a document of organization, management, and a primary purpose devoted to amateur service activities consistent with Part 97.

   Section 97.17(a) says that any qualified person is eligible to apply for a new Section 97.5(b)(2) club station license grant. Section 97.17(b)(2) says that for a new club station license grant, each applicant must present all information required by the rules to an amateur radio organization having tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that provides voluntary, uncompensated and unreimbursed services in providing club and military recreation station call signs (Club Station Call Sign Administrator “CSCSA”) who must submit the information to the FCC in an electronic batch file. The CSCSA may collect the information required by these rules in any manner of their choosing, including creating their own forms.

   After the Section 97.5(b)(2) club station license has been granted, your club station license trustee may be eligible to file an application for a vanity call sign. Section 97.19(a) says, in pertinent text, the person named in a club station license grant is eligible to make application for modification of the license grant, or the renewal thereof, to show a call sign selected by the vanity call sign system. The person named in a club station license grant that shows on the license a call sign that was selected by a trustee, however, is not eligible for an additional vanity call sign.

   Here is a go-by template for your amateur radio club’s document of organization, sometimes referred to as the club constitution or charter. Tailor it to your club’s situation. Show the name of your club, state its primary purpose, explain how it is organized, and how it arrives at its decisions. Particular attention should be addressed to identifying the club officer who designates your club station license trustee.

   Retain your document of organization in your club station files. Do not send it to the FCC or to a club station call sign administrator.

 

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DOCUMENT OF ORGANIZATION

Section 1. Name - The name of this amateur radio service club (“the Club”) is: __________________________________________________________.

 

Section 2. Purpose - The Club has a primary purpose devoted to amateur service activities consistent with 47 Code of Federal Regulations FCC Part 97.

 

Section 3. Membership - The Club shall be composed of at least four persons; two of whom are Officials of the Club:  The President and the Designating Officer. The Designating Officer shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the President. 

 

Section 4. Management - All decisions for the Club shall be made by the President. The President is:  ______________________________.

 

Section 5. Club station license trustee - The President shall select as the club station license trustee a member of the club whose Amateur Extra Class operator license grant appears on the FCC Universal Licensing System data base.

 

Section 6. Designating Officer - The Designating Officer is authorized to designate on the Club station license grant application document, on behalf of the Club, the member of the Club who serves as the Club station license grant trustee.   

 

Signed: ______________________     _____________               

                      The President                 Date

 

 

Q. Do all officers and members of our radio club have to be hams?

A. No. Section 97.5(a)(2) says: A club station license grant may be held only by the person who is the license trustee designated by an officer of the club. The trustee must be a person who holds an operator/primary station license grant. The club must be composed of at least four persons and must have a name, a document of organization, management, and a primary purpose devoted to amateur service activities consistent with this part.

   For more Q/A on this topic, read:

   What Is a Radio Club? BE Informed No. 6.1;

   Obtaining a Club Station License for a School Radio Club BE Informed No. 6.2;

   Club Station License Trustee Control Operator Designation BE Informed No. 6.3; and

   Radio Club Repeater Station BE Informed No. 6.4.

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September 29, 2016

Supersedes all prior editions