W3BE'S BE Informed!
Station identification announcement
 
Home1.0 W3BE Checklists1.1 RF Safety1.2 Antenna Structures1.3 Quiet Zones1.4 60 Meter Privileges1.5 Take A Paying Job?1.6 Hams At Sea1.7 Imported Radios1.8.0 Reciprocal Privileges1.8.1 For Canadians1.8.2 Reciprocal I.D.1.8.3 More Reciprocal Q&A1.8.4 Hear Something Say Something1.9 Third Party Communications1.10 Incentive Licensing1.11 GEPs and GAPs1.12 Hamslanguage1.13 Visiting Operators1.14 Terms in Part 971.15 Amateur Station?1.16 Licenses & Call Signs1.17 All About Spectrum1.18 Transmitter Stability1.19 Selling Over Ham Radio1.20 Still an Amateur?1.21 Use My Station?1.22 Digi-Standards1.23 No Secrets1.24 Where's My License?1.25 Spectrum Management1.26 A Little Bit Commercial1.27 What is CW?2.0 Ham Needs To Know2.1 VE System Management2.2 What A VE Does2.3 Remote Testing2.4 Get Your Pools Right2.8 GOTA Experience: License Qualifier?2.12 Former Hams2.13 The Hunt for Stereotype W2.14 VE's Universe2.15 More HF for Techs2.16 Can A VE Accept Pay2.17 VEC Supposed To Do2.18 Significance of license2.19 Enough Operator Classes?3.0 Smell Test3.1 Maintenance Monitoring3.2 International/domestic3.3 Excuses3.4 Heed The Rules!3.5 Regulatable3.6 No Broadcasting3.7 Station Records4.0 Which Call Sign?4.1 Self-assigned indicator4.2 Station ID4.3 ID Every 10 minutes4.5 Indicator Schedule4.6 Special Event 1 by 14.7 Non-Appended Indicator4.8 Club Station ID5.0 Alternatives To Exams5.1 VPoD Protocols5.3 Big Red Switch6.0 Constitution Go-By6.1 What Ia A Radio Club?6.2 School Radio Club6.3 Club Stations Control Op6.4 Radio Club Repeater Station7.0 EmComm7.2 RACES7.3 Commercial Communications7.11 Supposed To Be7.12 Emergency Responders & Part 978.0 Repeaters & Part 978.1 Auxiliary Stations & Part 978.2 Remote Control, Telecommand & Part 978.3 Frequency Coordination8.4 Automatic Control & Part 978.5 The Internet & Part 978.6 Beacons & Part 978.7 Automatic Control & Part 978.8 Frequency Coordination & Part 9710.0 Comments in RM-1170810.2 Deceased's Call Sign10.3 A New Era for Ham Radio10.4 New Era Q/A10.5 Four Operator Classes10.6 Novice ArtifactQUIZ

BE Informed No. 4.7

   ●●●     ●●●   ●

Non-Appended Self-Assigned Indicator

John B. Johnston W3BE

Appending one or more self-assigned indicators to a FCC-assigned call sign can become complicated when transmitting the Section 97.119(a) station identification announcement in CW or MCW. Such seems often to be an attempt to claim or request a degree of priority to the channel(s). Section 97.119(c) authorizes such appendages: Each indicator must be separated from the call sign by the slant mark (/) or by any suitable word that denotes the slant mark. If an indicator is self-assigned, it must be included before, after, or both before and after, the call sign.

   So far, so good, but then it goes on to disallow any indicator that may conflict with any other indicator specified by the FCC rules or with any prefix assigned to another country. Some of our most desirable indicators are the very same prefixes assigned to other countries that are clearly disallowed for self-assigned indicators by Section 97.119(c)(4).

   The simple solution – as well as being a good amateur practice - is for your optional self-assigned indicator to be disassociated from the FCC-assigned station call sign, i.e., replacing the “/” character with a short “pause” after the transmitted Section 97.119(a) station identification announcement. Then the self-assigned indicator becomes just another part of the transmitted text. That will eliminate all issues with the mandatory station identification announcements.

   When doing so, however, such must be in compliance with Section 97.113(a)(4); it prohibits messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning. It is for the purpose of documenting publically the meanings of various indicators – as well as their purposes - that the following schedule has been compiled. The indicators can be transmitted either singularly or in combination.

A To inform listeners that the station is transmitting under the special operations rules for a Section 97.201 auxiliary station for the purpose of its Section 97.105 control operator requesting pre-coordinated priority to the channel.

AA  To inform listeners that the control operator of the station is a current member, or honorably discharged former member, of the United States Army.

ACG  To inform listeners that the control operator of the station is a current member, or honorably discharged former member, of the United States Coast Guard.

AF  To inform listeners that the control operator of the station is a current member, or honorably discharged former member, of the United States Air Force.

AM  To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from an airborne vehicle for the purpose of its control operator requesting courtesy priority to the channel.  

B  To inform listeners that the station is transmitting under the special operations rules for a Section 97.203 beacon station for the purpose of its control operator requesting courtesy priority to the channel.

EmComm G To inform listeners that the station is transmitting to provide emergency communications on behalf of a government employer during a Section 97.113(a)(3)(i) emergency preparedness or disaster readiness test or drill, or during operational testing immediately prior to such test or drill, for the purpose of claiming Section 97.101(c) priority to the channel.

EmComm 401 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting to provide emergency communications during a Section 97.401 Operation during a disaster occurrence in Alaska.

EmComm 403 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting to provide emergency communications during a Section 97.403 Safety of life and protection of property occurrence for the purpose of claiming Section 97.101(c) priority to the channel.

EmComm405 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting to provide emergency communications during a Section 97.405 Station in distress occurrence for the purpose of claiming Section 97.101(c) priority to the channel.

M To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a land vehicle for the purpose of its control operator requesting courtesy priority to the channel.

MM To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a waterborne vehicle for the purpose of its control operator requesting courtesy priority to the channel.

NA To inform listeners that the control operator of the station is a current member, or honorably discharged former member, of the United States Navy.

NM To inform listeners that the control operator of the station is a current member, or honorably discharged former member, of the United States Marine Corps.

R To inform listeners that the station is transmitting under the special operations rules for a Section 97.205 repeater station for the purpose of its Section 97.105 control operator requesting pre-coordinated priority to the channel.

RU To inform listeners that the station is transmitting under the special operations rules for a Section 97.205 repeater station for the purpose of its Section 97.105 control operator requesting non-coordinated priority to the channel.

1 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

2 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in New Jersey, or New York Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

3 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, or Pennsylvania Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

4 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

5 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

6 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in California Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

7  To inform listeners that the station is transmitting form a temporary location in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

8 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in Michigan, Ohio, or West Virginia Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

9 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

10 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or South Dakota Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

11 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in Alaska Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

12 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in the Caribbean Insular areas Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

13 To inform listeners that the station is transmitting from a temporary location in Hawaii, or the Pacific Insular areas Vermont for the purpose of explaining the mailing address discrepancy with the ULS.

     ●●●      ●●●   ●

September 5, 2016

Supersedes all prior editions