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Can These Professional Communicators Use Our Channels?

Q. Along with other salespersons who are employed in this real estate office, I would like to exchange on-going business radio messages for our employer. A ham operator has brought to our attention that FCC rule Section 97.113(a)(3)(i) authorizes a station licensee or station control operator (to) participate on behalf of an employer in an emergency preparedness or disaster readiness test or drill, limited to the duration and scope of such test or drill, and operational testing immediately prior to such test or drill. Tests or drills that are not government-sponsored are limited to a total time of one hour per week; except that no more than twice in any calendar year, they may be conducted for a period not to exceed 72 hours. Does Section 97.113(a)(3)(i) mean that we can use those cute little Chinese radios to help us sell real estate on behalf of our employer?

   A. Yes, as long as you confine most of their transmissions to operational testing immediately prior to your Section 97.113(a)(3)(i) test or drill. Periodically, you should interrupt your business communications and actually announce and conduct a short emergency preparedness or disaster readiness test or drill. The announcement could include the sponsor’s name and contact information. Because your tests or drills would not be government-sponsored, they would be limited to a total time of one hour per week. So keep them short. 

   For more Q/A on this topic, read BE Informed No. 7.3.  

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Reciprocal Operation In Places Where the FCC Regulates Our Amateur Service

 Q. U.S. citizens have to qualify for an FCC amateur operator/primary station license grant in order to compliantly operate an amateur station at a place where the FCC regulates our amateur service. Aliens, on the other hand, are allowed the same privileges without qualifying. So, how does the FCC get away with allowing aliens not holding a FCC license grant to operate their stations here?   

   A. SEC.303(l)(3) of the Communications Act gives the FCC the power to issue authorizations, under such conditions as it may prescribe, to permit an alien licensed by his government as an amateur radio operator to operate his amateur station licensed by his government in the U.S. provided there is in effect a multilateral or bilateral operating arrangement, to which the U.S. and the alien's government are parties, for amateur service operation on a reciprocal basis. The FCC has so prescribed the necessary conditions in Section 97.107.

   Q. Where can I find the FCC public announcements listing the countries with which the United States has reciprocal operating arrangements? 

   A. They are listed on the FCC webpage About Amateur Reciprocal Operating Arrangements.  Additionally, in Sections 97.301(a) and (b), certain transmitting frequency bands are made available to an amateur station located within 50 km of the Earth's surface, within the specified ITU region, and outside any area where the amateur service is regulated by any authority other than the FCC for an amateur station having a control operator who holds a CEPT radio-amateur license or IARP.

   For more Q/A read BE Informed No. 1.8.

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May unlicensed persons operate ham stations?

   Q.  I understand that as the control operator, it is my call sign that must be announced every 10 minutes. But I am not sure what the proper protocol is in the following scenario. Whenever I am the control operator while allowing an unlicensed individual to operate my rig, at the 10 minute point, would I ask for the mike back to put out my call sign personally, or can the unlicensed person recite my call  sign? 

   A. Thanks for a most timely question. Yours is but one of the numerous how-to options for performing the station identification announcement. The responsibility for a station transmitting its call sign announcement properly rests with its station licensee. CW is permissible with any mode. On phone emission frequency segments, a common practice is for the call sign being spoken by someone or something, most likely the control operator. 

   The matter of unlicensed persons operating amateur station apparatus appears to be growing in popularity, and it is noteworthy. The sentiment within our contemporary amateur service community supporting the absolute necessity of obtaining the necessary license seems to be fading fast. Maybe our VEs are wasting everyone’s time, including their own. It does seem preposterous for someone to have to pass a test just to operate a simple $40 radio sold on-line and having less complexity than a smartphone. 

   There are some who claim that the FCC rules already authorize unlicensed and under-licensed operation. But so far no one has pointed out the specific rule; it certainly is not Section 97.115 Third party communications. Read BE Informed No. 5.2 Where’s The Rule?

   Q. So you are advocating that the requirement for a licensee in the amateur service to have selected knowledge, skills and abilities in order to operate a station be ended.  I do not agree. Even for some minimal operating allocation I feel that the applicant for a license must show they have the knowledge, skills and abilities suitable for operating an amateur station. Operating a “station” of today requires some knowledge, skill and ability to even get the radio to turn on right out of the box, let alone having it operate in the proper mode, on the proper frequencies and with proper procedures while not violating the rules.

   A. Not so much advocating change as observing and discussing trends. In this instance, the many questions being received here about unlicensed and under-licensed operation may be an indication that our amateur service community ("hams") is becoming disillusioned with the grumpy old ham’s notion that rote memorizing of meaningless questions/answers is still valid. It just might be that some manner of a hands-on apprentice training process would be more in tune with the times. Hence, the GOTA theory may be the groundbreaking step in that direction.

   Q. Written examinations are still necessary. It is so terribly inconvenient to circumvent the licensing requirement by enlisting a licensed radio amateur to be your control operator on a regular basis that it just doesn’t happen. I have witnessed unlicensed folks speaking over ham radio controlled by licensed operators for almost 60 years. But I have never heard of a situation where an unlicensed person regularly participates in amateur radio in that manner. The fact that the FCC allows such third party activity is a good thing. It has undoubtedly introduced many to the hobby who have gone on to get their license.   

   A. If the FCC had authorized amateur station to be operated by persons for whom an amateur operator/primary station license grant does not appear on the ULS, it most likely would have been accomplished through administrative procedure notice and comment rulemaking process and codified in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. But it wasn’t and hasn’t. If such unauthorized operating of amateur station apparatus has been going for as long as you claim, it could only have occurred as a result of our amateur service community’s long-term unwillingness to comply with our regulator’s rules, improper training, and/or lax maintenance monitoring.

   Q. Question and multiple-choice answer exams are only one of several ways that our regulator could stipulate. Section 303(l)(1) of the Communications Act gives the FCC the authority to prescribe the qualifications of station operators. It says nothing about written examinations. Their multiple-choice answer format has been the way our VEs choose to prepare and administer the written examinations since 1983. What has to be done to make the examinee’s proof of operational and technical qualifications to perform properly the duties of an amateur service licensee more to the point?

   A. The VEs could on their own initiative could right now implement computer screen written examinations and/or essay responses. Some other options – which would necessitate rulemaking – might be a GOTA-inspired apprenticeship; training certifications; showings by the potential licensee to the VEs of his /her skills and abilities to operate properly the amateur station apparatus the candidate has acquired; participation in a minimum number of GOTA-styled amateur station operating contests or events; an endorsement certification issued by one or more amateur service licensees attesting to the candidate’s readiness. Maybe testing should be made optional or just be discontinued altogether.

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What Was That Callsign?

   Contact Radio Amateur Callsign Historian Pete Varounis NL7XM before tossing out any old Callbook Magazine!  "Pete the Greek" offers us an old amateur station call sign lookup service.  He will find a first license date as shown in his extensive collection.  E-mail to twelvevdc@aol.com.

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Get Your Own HAM CALL SIGN!

   The quickest, easiest, and inexpensive way is to memorize the questions and answers in BE Informed EXAMINATIONS No. 2.9.1 W3BE's NOTES - Get Your Call Sign. Take/retake the free on-line practice examinations until you pass consistently. Then visit a VE session for a license examination.  

Read the Rules - Heed the Rules!

  Our ham radio is an internationally recognized hobby. It is comprised of millions of amateur operators worldwide who must know how to cause or allow their amateur stations to transmit properly. We utilize electromagnetic radiation technology that knows no political borders. We are, consequently, subject to wide ranging domestic and international regulation. A working knowledge of the relevant rules is essential to not endangering ourselves, our families, or our neighbors; and to not disrupting other radio communications.

What are the penalties for violating the rules?

   (a) If the FCC finds that you have willfully or repeatedly violated the Communications Act or the FCC Rules, you may have to pay as much as $10,000 for each violation, up to a total of $75,000. (See Section 503(b) of the Communications Act.)

   (b) If the FCC finds that you have violated any section of the Communications Act or the FCC Rules, you may be ordered to stop whatever action caused the violation. (See Section 312(b) of the Communications Act.)

   (c) If a Federal court finds that you have willfully and knowingly violated any FCC Rule, you may be fined up to $500 for each day you committed the violation. (See Section 502 of the Communications Act.)

   (d) If a Federal court finds that you have willfully and knowingly violated any provision of the Communications Act, you may be fined up to $10,000, or you may be imprisoned for one year, or both. (See Section 501 of the Communications Act.)

[48 FR 24890, June 3, 1983, as amended at 57 FR 40343, Sept. 3, 1992]

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   This is a free-to-use website here to answer your questions on what the rules say for our amateur service in places where it is regulated by the United States Federal Communications Commission.  Should you receive a solicitation for this website, it is a scam! Nothing herein is sold or offered for sale. All legitimate communications relating to this website take place by e-mail or discussion at hamfests or other gatherings. No postal mail or telephone calls, please. Kindly do not ask for speculation on whether or not you can get away with something.

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W3BE LIBRARY CATALOG

If you cannot view any of the following files from the navigation column (HOME page upper left), request a .pdf copy from john@johnston.net.

BASICS

Before causing or allowing a station to transmit from any place where our amateur service is regulated by the FCC, review your duties using BE Informed No. 1.0 W3BE Checklists. There is one checklist for your station licensee duties and another checklist for your control operator duties.

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Whatever did you sign? When applying for an FCC amateur service license grant, you must use either FCC Form 605 or NCVEC Form 605. For the text and the tables that you must certify that you have read, and for which you must give your word to comply, read BE Informed No. 1.1 Certification Regarding Radiofrequency Radiation Safety. 

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How tall can my antenna be? There are restrictions for aviation safety, environmental protection, quiet zones, and locality concerns for safety and appearances. There are also the matters of arrangements that you have made with the owners of the land on which your station antenna stands or the entity from whom you obtained the land. Read BE Informed No. 1.2 Amateur Station Antenna Structures.

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Is your station in a radio quiet zone? There are radio quiet zones within places where the FCC regulates our amateur service. Know where these quiet zones are located. Read BE Informed No. 1.3 Quiet Zone Directory – What To Do About It.

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Why Is 60 meters channelized? Our 60 meter band is not an amateur service band internationally. We have but secondary status on five designated frequency channels in places where the FCC regulates our amateur service. This arrangement comes with distinctive operational and technical standards - traditionally absent from our rules - necessary to sharing with the primary users.  Read BE Informed No. 1.4 60 Meter Privileges.

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Can I take a paying job at an amateur station? Perhaps. But you will lose your status as an amateur. Read BE Informed No. 1.5 Can I Take a Paying Job as a Profe$$ional Communicator at an Amateur Station? 

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How must I ID my station on a cruise ship? That all depends upon your wishes and the rules of your station’s transmitting authority. Read BE Informed No. 1.6  Hams at Sea.

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Can I Use Chinese Radios? Very likely. Read BE Informed No. 1.7 Can I Use A Chinese Radio?

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A Canadian citizen holding a Canadian amateur operator license has permission from the FCC to operate a ham station in the U.S. Read BE Informed No. 1.8 Reciprocal Operation In Places Where Our Amateur Service Is Regulated By The FCC. 

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Hams can have very creative interpretations of Section 97.115 for third party communications as a way to bypass our VEs’ examinations. Read BE Informed No. 1.9 All About One, Two, and Third Party Communications.

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Our most controversial era.  Read BE Informed No. 1.10 What Was Incentive licensing?

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Section 97.101(a) says that our stations must be operated in accordance with good engineering and good amateur practice in all respects not specifically covered by FCC Rules.  This file is a collection of observations, including proposed good engineering practices GEPs and good amateur practices GAPs. Sections include:  Compliance, Rules, License Qualification System, Over-the-Air, and Rulemaking Process.  Read BE Informed No. 1.11 Geps & Gaps – Good Engineering and Good Amateur Practices.

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Our amateur service community intercommunicates in a unique jargon. Some of which is carried over from 19th Century telegraphy. Read BE Informed No. 1.12 Hamslanguage – What Are Those Hams Saying?

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What are the rules for visitors who want to operate an amateur station? Don’t be bamboozled. Read BE Informed No. 1.13 Visiting Operators.

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Our amateur service rules use unfamiliar terms. To make them meaningful, read BE Informed No. 1.14 Terms Used In Part 97.

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The Communications Act says the term “amateur station” means a radio station operated by a duly authorized person interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.  The FCC more or less concurs – but takes major exceptions - and goes on to say that an amateur station consists of all of the transmitters, receivers and combinations thereof, and all accessory apparatus, at any one location, necessary for carrying on radio-communications in any of our three amateur radio services. Read BE Informed No. 1.15 What Is An Amateur Station?

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There are a lot of superseded license documents in the hands of our amateur service community. They pose a risk of falling into the hands of persons who would misuse them to steal your identity. Read BE Informed No. 1.16 Of Licenses and Call Signs.

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The ITU, the Congress, and the FCC more or less agree on the purpose of our amateur service. But the FCC also has its own agenda for our amateur service. Read BE Informed No. 1.17 What Is Our Real Purpose?

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Your amateur station transmissions must be sufficiently steady such that all emissions resulting from modulation are confined to the frequency band or segment authorized to the control operator. Read BE Informed No. 1.18 How Steady Must My Transmitter Be?

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Using your amateur station to sell items is permissible in places where the FCC regulates our amateur service is regulated by the FCC. Read BE Informed No. 1.19 Selling Stuff Over Ham Radio.

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There was no question when I first got my ham license that I was a duly authorized person interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest. Until I retire and return to a clear-cut amateur status, am I still a bona fide amateur? Read BE Informed No. 1.20 Am I Still An Amateur?

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Who - other than the control operators that I choose to designate - can use my ham station? Read BE Informed No. 1.21 Who Can Use My Ham Station?

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Where in the rules are the digi-rates for HF, VHF and UHF specified?  Some digi-heads that say the rules do not specify baud rates in these bands. Digi-read BE Informed No. 1.22 Digi-Standards.

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Section 97.113(a)(4) says that no amateur station shall transmit messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning. Does this mean it can’t transmit WEP?  If its usage would result in non-compliance with our rules, then the answer is no it can’t. Read BE Informed No. 1.23 There Are No Secrets in Ham Radio. 

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Where is my License? You will have to take action if you want to obtain a paper authorization the next time that you renew, upgrade, relocate, or change your name. Our regulator no longer routinely mails a document to you. Read BE Informed No. 1.24 Where Is My License?

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LICENSE EXAMINATIONS

Do you know everything you need to know? A written examination for a FCC license grant is supposed to be such as to prove that the examinee possesses the operational and technical qualifications required to perform properly the duties of an amateur service licensee. Read BE Informed No. 2.0 What Do Hams Really Need to Know and When Do They Need to Know It?

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Who is in charge of our VE system? The enabling statute envisioned our VEs taking the lead and their volunteer-examiner coordinators (VECs) acting in a supporting role. Read BE Informed No. 2.1 Who Is in Charge of Our VE System?

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You have been accredited as a VE? Whatever have you gotten yourself into now? Read BE Informed No. 2.2  So, I’m a VE, Now What? 

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VEs do not have to be present in the exam room. Our regulator is satisfied that remote testing methods have been developed that makes TV testing warranted. Read BE Informed No. 2.3 Smile –You’re On TV!

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Keynote Address to the 2009 NCVEC’s Gettysburg Conference. Our VECs were urged to repudiate their call to make “… the amateur service accessible to as many citizens as possible.” Read BE Informed No. 2.4 Get Our pools right!

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Our VE system is a pencil-to-paper clerical-intensive artifact. It wastes the time, talent and money of our 32,000 volunteers. Read BE Informed No. 2.5 Let’s Go VE Green!

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Have you ever been asked to arrange for someone to take the exam for someone else? For one response to that solicitation, read BE Informed No. 2.6 I Don’t Have Time to Memorize Answers – Who will take the exam for me?

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Get-On-The-Air experience provided to unlicensed and under-licensed persons is superior to training currently being received from book study. GOTA facilitates immediate hands-on training by Elmers at actual transmitting amateur stations. Read BE Informed No. 2.8 GOTA Training as Our License Qualifier.

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Memorize the correct answers that our VEs want a Technician Class operator to know. Read BE Informed No. 2.9.1 W3BE’s NOTES – Get Your Ham Call Sign.

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Memorize the correct answers that our VEs want a General Class operator to know. Read BE Informed No. 2.10 W3BE’s NOTES Become a General.

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Amnesty to former hams. Our regulator wants to encourage ex-hams to become involved again in the technical self-training and public service communications opportunities provided by our amateur service. Read BE Informed No. 2.12 The Light Is On For You.

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Citizen Class Operator Ahead? Our volunteer-examiner coordinators have petitioned our regulator to make our amateur service accessible to as many citizens as possible. Read BE Informed No. 2.13 Are Grumpy Old Hams Passé?

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Can someone offer exams to anyone anywhere that is convenient for all involved? Read BE Informed No. 2.14 Our VEs’ Universe.

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COMPLIANCE

Are your communications authorized for transmission by an amateur station? Give it the BE Informed No. 3.0 Section 97.113 Smell Test. 

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Our maintenance monitors objectives are to foster a wider knowledge of and better compliance with laws, rules and regulations governing the amateur service, to extend the concepts of self-regulation and self-administration of the service, and to enhance the opportunity for individual amateurs to contribute to the public welfare. Read BE Informed No. 3.1 Amateur Volunteer Maintenance Monitoring.

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How do the FCC rules incorporate the international rules for our amateur radio service? Read BE Informed No. 3.2 How the ITU Radio Regulations Article 25 and Recommendation ITU-R M.1544 are implemented in FCC 47 C.F.R.

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What is your excuse for not complying with the FCC rules? Read BE Informed No. 3.3 Collection of Excuses - Reasons Cited for Not Complying with the FCC Rules.  

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Our systems are not regulated as such; they are predicated upon every station licensee and every control operator in each system making certain that there is rule compliance. Read BE Informed No. 3.4 Read the Rules & Heed the Rules. 

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Don't undermine our reputation of being a legitimate, relatively untroubled, lightly regulated, open-architecture hobby. Read BE Informed No. 3.5 We Are Regulatable (Aren't We?) - Arguments for Complying with the FCC Rules.

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Broadcasting by FCC-licensed amateur stations is prohibited. Read BE Informed No. 3.6 No Broadcasting! - Not on Our Ham Bands.

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Are your station records in order? Read BE Informed No. 3.7 What To Keep in Your Station Records

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STATION IDENTIFICATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Which call sign should be transmitted, his or yours? Read BE Informed No. 4.0 Which Call Sign?  - Your options and accountability when someone uses your station apparatus or vice-versa. 

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Have an urge to adorn your FCC-assigned call sign with indicators? Read BE Informed No. 4.1 Including a Self-assigned Indicator with Your Station Call Sign. 

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Never compromise your station identification announcement. Read BE Informed No. 4.2 About That Station ID

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Let us not allow the rules to stand in the way of some pontification about our antiquated protocols for station identification. Read BE informed No. 4.3 ID every 10 minutes.

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Air Force? Army? Coast Guard? Marines? Navy? Read BE Informed No. 4.4 Recognition of amateur operators who have served in the U.S. military.                                                              

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Always by the control operator? Read BE Informed No. 4.5 Who Must Give The Station Identification Announcement?

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Those 1 by 1 call signs. Read BE Informed No. 4.6 What Is So Special About A Special Event Station?

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Indicators without complications. Read BE Informed No. 4.7 Non-Appended Self-Assigned Indicator.

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THIRD PARTY MESSAGE-STATING PARTICIPANTS

Do non-licensees really have privileges on our amateur service spectrum?  Read BE Informed No. 5.0 Our TPMSP "Class." 

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The VPOD Protocol Theory hypothesizes that some persons can compliantly originate the speech transmitted by an amateur station as well as formulate and act upon judgments that are otherwise the responsibility of, and are normally carried out by, the station control operator. Read BE Informed No. 5.1 The VPOD Protocol.  

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The mystery of GOTA Rule 4.1.1.3 This amazing anything goes non-FCC contest rule does not cite any specific FCC rule upon which it is declared to be based. Read Be Informed No. 5.2 Where's the Rule?

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Can the control operator's timely judgments and actions really be carried out properly by third party message-speaking participant? If, so why have examinations? Read BE Informed No. 5.3 Who Must Throw That Big Red Switch?

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Do you personally have to be in your station at all times while your Tech friend uses it on 20-meters to make contacts with hams in Europe? Read BE Informed No. 5.4 Techs On 20.

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CLUB STATIONS

Need a go-by template for your club's document of organization? Read BE Informed No. 6.0 Document of Organization Go-by.

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To qualify for a club station call sign, there must be an assemblage of at least four persons must have a name, a document of organization, management, and a primary purpose devoted to amateur service activities consistent with Part 97. Read BE Informed No. 6.1 Obtaining a Club Station License Grant.

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Hey club station licenses trustees!  Make it clear to everyone - and document - exactly who it is that you designate as a club station control operators and the standards that you expect those control operators to observe. Read BE Informed No. 6.3 Control Operator Designation.

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PROVIDING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS ("EmComm")

Scope of our amateur stations providing emergency communications? Read BE Informed No. 7.0 Providing Emergency Communications (“EmComm”)

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Want to volunteer your services? If you have an amateur operator license, you've come to the right radio service. Read BE Informed No. 7.1 Volunteer Emergency Communications.

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The POTUS has special War Emergency Powers. Read BE Informed No. 7.2 What Is RACES?

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Want to exchange business messages for an employer? Read BE Informed No. 7.3 Commercial Communications and Section 97.113(a)(3)(i) Operational Testing.

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Amateurs can still provide emergency communications. Read BE Informed No. 7.4 What Should Non-professional Amateur Operators Do When Providing Emergency Communications?   

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Make the best use of our amateur service community for intercommunications during emergencies. Read BE Informed No. 7.6 Bring Back the Disaster Radio Service.

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Part 97 codifies the extent to which our spectrum is to be used for providing emergency communications (“PEC”) in places where the FCC regulates our amateur service. Read BE Informed No. 7.11 Isn’t Amateur Radio Supposed To Be For Emergencies?

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SPECIAL OPERATIONS

No special technical standards in our rules just for repeaters. Read BE Informed No.  8.0 Repeater, Remote Base, and Other Systems.

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Part 97 doesn't even mention "remote base." Read BE Informed No. 8.2 Is My Remote Base OK?

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Can we choose either repeater segment for receive or either segment for transmit? Read BE Informed No. 8.3 Frequency Coordination.

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There are some very divergent ideas about automatic control. Only five explicit types of amateur stations may be automatically controlled. Even then, it must cease upon notification that the station is transmitting improperly or causing harmful interference. Read BE Informed No. 8.4  What IS Automatic Control? 

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HAM HOLIDAYS

Telegraphy communication without wires became practical at the turn of the 20th Century.  For hams having a curiosity in the history of pre-radio telegraphy, these places are recommended for a visit.  Read BE Informed No. 9.0 Pre-radio Telegraphy Places.

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QCWA members and friends, enjoy spectacular weather for an eastern Caribbean cruise. Read BE Informed No. 9.1 QCWA Caribbean Cruise. 

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.  Photos on BE Informed No. 9.2.

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SPECIAL REPORTS

There is a major disconnection between the pool content for - and the privileges authorized to - Technician Class operators. Read BE Informed No. 10.0 The Privileges-Requirement Disconnect.

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Tell the FCC. File comments using the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), the Federal Government's e-Rulemaking Portal via the Internet. Read BE Informed No. 10.1 Filing Comments on FCC Rulemaking Proposals. 

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A call sign held by a person now deceased, unless otherwise claimed, becomes available under the first-come-first-served provision of the vanity system after a hold period of two years and one day following the license expiration or cancellation. Read BE Informed No. 10.2 How to Obtain a Deceased Ham's Former Call Sign.

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Permit greater flexibility in digital data communications?  Read BE Informed No. 10.4 W3BE Comments in RM-11708.

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Read the rules – Heed the rules

www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/ [title 47] then [Part 97].

Also see Parts 0, 1, 2, 17 and 214.

http://wireless.fcc.gov/ [amateur] or [ULS]

Question about the amateur service rules?

BE Informed!  http://www.w3beinformed.org

Want to get in touch? You can send me e-mail at:

john@johnston.net