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BE Informed No. 8.1

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Auxiliary Stations

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Part 97

John B. Johnston W3BE

Q. What is an auxiliary station?

A. Section 97.3(a)(7) defines the term: An amateur station, other than in a message forwarding system, that is transmitting communications point-to-point within a system of cooperating amateur stations. Our amateur service community has made successful arguments for codifying the Section 97.201 special operation accommodation rules for auxiliary stations.

Q. What are the special accommodations for an auxiliary station?

A. Any amateur station licensed to a holder of a Technician, General, Advanced or Amateur Extra Class operator license may be an auxiliary station. A holder of a Technician, General, Advanced or Amateur Extra Class operator license may be the control operator of an auxiliary station, subject to the privileges of the class of operator license held.

   An auxiliary station may transmit only on the 2 m and shorter wavelength bands, except the 144.0-144.5 MHz, 145.8-146.0 MHz, 219-220 MHz, 222.00-222.15 MHz, 431-433 MHz, and 435-438 MHz segments.

   Where an auxiliary station causes harmful interference to another auxiliary station, the licensees are equally and fully responsible for resolving the interference unless one station's operation is recommended by a frequency coordinator and the other station's is not. In that case, the licensee of the non-coordinated auxiliary station has primary responsibility to resolve the interference.

   An auxiliary station may be automatically controlled.

   An auxiliary station may transmit one-way communications.

Q. How are those auxiliary stations used?

A. They provide a Section 97.105 control operator with the means to intercommunicate point-to-point within a system of amateur stations. Some liken it to a Section 97.109 (b) locally controlled station having very long speaker leads from the receiver and a very long mike cord to the transmitter, except that the auxiliary stations take the place of the wire tethers.

Q. Several local repeater groups are using remote stations with 70 cm links to a central repeater. There is no identification of the remote station. I asked one of the control ops about this and he told me that links are "exempt from ID" by virtue of being links. Correct?

A. No. They are not exempt from the Section 97.119(a) station identification announcement requirement:

   (a) Each amateur station, except a space station or telecommand station, must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication, for the purpose of clearly making the source of the transmissions from the station known to those receiving the transmissions. No station may transmit unidentified communications or signals, or transmit as the station call sign, any call sign not authorized to the station. 

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August 20, 2016

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