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My New Favorite Social Network Is Ham Radio:

from hannibal.net on May 25, 2014
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My New Favorite Social Network Is Ham Radio:  
by KS2G on May 25, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Nice piece about ham radio for the uninitiated, but I noticed two minor errors about which I've e-mailed the author:

1) The callsign examples that he included (G4TUT and M1MRD) are from the United Kingdom, not examples what the FCC would issue. Callsigns for U.S. amateurs all begin with K, W or A.

2) The answer to the sample exam question he cited is incorrect. It once was, but no longer is, required that stations give their callsign at the start of their transmissions. The current requirement is that you give your callsign at the end of your transmissions, and every 10 minutes during transmissions.

The applicable section of the rules is:
97.119 Station identification.

(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.

So, although hams usually do start a QSO with their callsigns, it's ok to start transmitting but not give your call until ten minutes later.

73,
Mel - KS2G

 
RE: My New Favorite Social Network Is Ham Radio:  
by NM0O on May 26, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
And, just to add my two cents' worth, there are those of us whose call signs begin with that other prefix: N.

Good note, however. I was a little twitterpated when I read that the author believes our transmissions use the Earth's magnetic field directly. Electromagnetism *is* involved, however, so he's getting closer.<g>
 
RE: My New Favorite Social Network Is Ham Radio:  
by KS2G on May 27, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Don't know where my head was ... one of my closest ham friends is an N2. :)
 
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