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Old 01-18-2008, 01:21 PM
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Default Ham Radio Lic Notes

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Notes for the T1 section - FCC Rules & Station License Responsibilities


Amateur operator - person who has an amateur license in the FCC database

- hams can transmit from anywhere the FCC governs radio

- hams cannot talk to hams using other services (like CB) on their ham radios unless authorized by the FCC

- anyone can become a ham except a representative of a foreign government

- no minimum age

- once you pass your test, you can transmit as soon as your call sign appears in the FCC database

- ham licenses are good for 10 years (and are renewable); there is a 2 year grace period to get it again if it expires

- your responsibility as a ham is to operate your station within the FCC rules

- you are required to give your current mailing address to the FCC; they can revoke your license if you don't

Amateur station - a station in the amateur service

Basic purposes of amateur radio

1. To serve as a voluntary noncommercial communications service

2. To contribute to the art of radio

3. To encourage increasing skill in communications and technology

4. To expand the reserve of trained operators and electronics experts

5. To enhance international goodwill

Volunteer Examiner - volunteer amateur who administers ham tests, accredited by a VEC (Volunteer Exam Coordinator)

- three examiners of General class or higher needed to give tests

CSCE (Certificate of the Successful Completion of an Exam)

- paper that says you passed a ham radio test

- if you pass one test you get a CSCE good for a year

FCC (Federal Communications Commission)

- makes and enforces the rules

Harmful interference - a transmission that disturbs other communications

ITU (International Telecommunications Union)

- international body that makes worldwide rules for radio

- the world is divided into 3 ITU regions

Region 1: Europe, Africa, Russia

Region 2: North & South America

Region 3: Australia, Asia (other than Russia), Pacific

Call signs - used to identify your station

- given out by the FCC in sequential order (K3AAA, K3AAB, etc.)

- clubs can have their own call sign; apply through a Club Call Sign Administrator

- special 1x1 call signs (W3A, K2B, etc) used for special event stations can be obtained temporarily by any ham

- all USA call signs begin with A, K, N, or W, and have a single digit number

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