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BE Informed No. 6.3

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Club Station License Trustee

Control Operator Designation

John B. Johnston W3BE

 

Q. As our club station license trustee, I recently applied for a vanity call sign. Almost as soon as the grant appeared on the ULS, our club president went on the air and made a lot of contacts with it even before I received the license document in the mail. Was that improper?

A. Not necessarily. There are, however, certain rules of which you, the club president, and anyone else who causes or allows the club station to transmit, should be mindful.

   Firstly, Section 97.119(a) says that station must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication (more text). Presumably, that occurred using the club station Section 97.3(a)(11)(ii) vanity call sign.

   Secondly, Section 97.7 says that when transmitting, each amateur station must have a Section 97.105(a) control operator who is a person for whom a Section 97.5(b)(1) amateur operator/primary station license grant appears on the ULS. Presumably, your club president has such a license.

   Thirdly, the Section 97.105(a) control operator is supposed to ensure the immediate proper operation of the station. Presumably, your club president did perform properly those duties.

   Fourthly, the Section 97.103(b) station licensee (you) must designate the Section 97.105(a) control operator. The FCC will presume that the station licensee (you) is also the Section 97.105(a) control operator, unless documentation to the contrary is in the station records. So, the propriety issue here is whether or not your club president was specifically designated - by you - as the club station Section 97.105(a) control operator at the time the transmissions took place. 

   This is important to you because the Section 97.103(a) station licensee (you) is responsible for the proper operation of the station in accordance with the FCC Rules. When the Section 97.105(a) control operator is a different amateur operator than the Section 97.103(a) station license station licensee (you), both persons are equally responsible for proper operation of the station. You are, consequently, the person always on the hook. You should make it clear to everyone - and document - exactly who it is that you designate as a club station Section 97.105(a)control operator and the standards that you expect those control operators to observe.

Q. Is it required that there be a documented control operator designation?

A. No. But verbal or implied arrangement is often not worth the paper it is not written on. Also, it is the Section 97.103 station licensee who must make the station and the station records available for inspection upon request by an FCC representative.

Q. As a designated control operator for our club station, can I designate other persons as control operators?

A. No. That authority is exclusive to the Section 97.103 station licensee station licensee.

Q. What would the control operator designation document look like?

A. Here is a go-by template. Retain your document in your club station files. Provide a copy to each person that you designate as a Section 97.105 control operator of your club station.   

________________________________________________________________________­­­

Control Operator Designation

For Club Station _________

(Example)

   1. (call sign             ) is a Section 97.5(b)(2) club station of the (club name)                           .

   2. The club station license trustee is (name                  ), Section 97.5(b)(1) primary station call sign (call sign). The club station license trustee's operator class as shown on the ULS is Amateur Extra.

   3. You (name of designee, primary station all sign, operator license class) are herewith designated as a Section 97.105 control operator of this club station for (enter dates                  ).

   4. A record of all transmitting activity by this club station caused or allowed by you as the Section 97.105 control operator must be entered into the station log and delivered promptly to the club station license trustee. You must make the station and the station records available for inspection upon request by an FCC representative.

   5. All club station transmitting apparatus must be under your physical control before you may cause or allow the club station to transmit on any amateur service frequency from any place that is within 50 km of the Earth's surface and at a place where the amateur service is regulated by the FCC. 

   6. You may cause or allow the club station to transmit on the transmitting frequency bands made available to your operator class by Section 97.311.

   7. The club station PEP input to antenna (ERP for a repeater station) must not exceed the following limits:

Wavelength band

Peak Envelop Power must not exceed (watts)

MF

160 m

500

HF

80 m

500

75 m

500

40 m

500

30 m

425

20 m

225

17 m

125

15 m

100

12 m

75

10 m

50

VHF (all bands)

50

UHF

70 cm

70

33 cm

150

23 cm

200

13 cm

250

SHF (all bands)

250

EHF (all bands)

250

Repeater stations (all bands)

non-building-mounted antennas: height above ground level to lowest point of antenna <10 m and power >500 W ERP building-mounted antennas: power >500 W ERP

 

   8. You may cause or allow club station to transmit Section 97.115 messages for a third party to:

   (1) Any station within the jurisdiction of the United States.

   (2) Any station within the jurisdiction of any foreign government whose administration has made arrangements with the United States to allow amateur stations to be used for transmitting international communications on behalf of third parties. No messages shall be transmitted for a third party to any station within the jurisdiction of any foreign government whose administration has not made such an arrangement. This prohibition does not apply to a message for any third party who is eligible to be a control operator of the other station.

   The third party may participate in stating the Section 97.115(b) message where:

   (1) You are present at the Section 97.109 control point and is continuously monitoring and supervising the Section 97.115(b) third party participation; and

   (2) The Section 97.115(b) third party is not a prior amateur service licensee whose license was revoked; suspended for less than the balance of the license term and the suspension is still in effect; suspended for the balance of the license term and relicensing has not taken place; or surrendered for cancellation following notice of revocation, suspension or monetary forfeiture proceedings.   

   The Section 97.115(b) third party may not be the subject of a cease and desist order which relates to amateur service operation and which is still in effect.

   At the end of an exchange of Section 97.115 international third party communications, the station must also transmit in the Section 97.119 station identification procedure the call sign of the station with which a third party message was exchanged. 

 

Signed: (signature)                                                  (date signed)              

              Designated Section 97.105 Control Operator                       

 

Signed: (signature)                                                 (date signed)

              Club station license trustee                                                   

 

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Q. We want to run more station transmitting power than allowed under item 7 in your Control Operator Designation go-by. Can that be done?

A. Possibly. Your Section 97.5(b)(2) club station license trustee would have to approve of it only after having performed the routine RF environmental evaluation prescribed by Section 1.1307(b). If the evaluation indicates that the RF electromagnetic fields could exceed the limits contained in Section 1.1310 in accessible areas, the club station licensee must take action to prevent human exposure to such RF electromagnetic fields.

Q. Who are the persons who are ineligible to be third party participants?

A. They are prior amateur service licensees having had prior serious compliance issues with our regulator.

Q. How can our club station control operator make that determination? 

A. When your third party has an FCC-issued amateur operator/primary station grant shown on the ULS, there could be a prohibiting compliance issue. If not certain, the most expedient way is to require the third party to sign for, in the station log, this statement:

   I certify that I am not a prior amateur service licensee whose license was revoked or not renewed after hearing and re-licensing has not taken place; suspended for less than the balance of the license term and the suspension is still in effect; suspended for the balance of the license term and re-licensing has not taken place; or surrendered for cancellation following notice of revocation, suspension or monetary forfeiture proceedings. I am not the subject of a cease and desist order which relates to amateur service operation and which is still in effect.

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October 4, 2016

Supersedes all prior editions