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Author Topic: Club callsign at other stations?  (Read 9953 times)
W7ARE
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« on: November 14, 2011, 07:49:06 PM »

I have contacted ARRL section manager and ARCA mgr with a question, which was not directly answered. My club wants to do a special event station. We are a very rural area and many of the ops in the county are elderly and some disabled (county is 200 miles from top to bottom). Many would like to participate, but it is prohibitive if they have to all go to one location. Question is, (1) can we schedule ops to work a sked from their own QTH using club call-sign during the special events date, and (2) if so, would club call-sign custodian have to be present at those remote QTHs when the club call-sign is being used?
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AA4PB
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2011, 08:10:11 AM »

I think there are a couple of issues to consider:

1) Can a club station operate from a portable location? The answer is yes.

2) Does the trustee need to be present at the portable location? No, he can designate a control operator just as he would if someone were operating from the normal club location and he was not present. The control operator must operate within his own license requirements. In other words a Tech can't operate in the General bands just because the Trustee is a General.

It would be a good idea for the trustee to keep a record of what control operators were designated at the different times and from what location they were operating.

3) If the designated control operator does something illegal, who is responsible? The control operator and the trustee jointly.

4) Are there any requirements of the contest or whatever you are operating that would preclude operation from multiple locations?
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W7ARE
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2011, 05:19:37 PM »

A well reasoned answer and the one I hoped to receive. Thank you. As you lay it out, it makes perfect sense.
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WI4P
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011, 06:29:27 PM »

5)  Make certain that only one station is using the call at any given time.
6)  Have fun !

jp
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N8YB
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2012, 10:54:16 AM »

5)  Make certain that only one station is using the call at any given time.
6)  Have fun !

jp

What difference would the number of stations using the call on the air at any one time make?  The Canton Amateur Radio Club (Canton Oh) does a special event station for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Club members use their home stations and use the club call W8AL. In past years we've had as many as 4 stations all on the air at the same time.  Each station was on a different band and each contact was logged to make QSLing easier.

Jerry N8YB
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N1BIL
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012, 12:36:01 PM »

Recently the 13 original states had a special event and operators from several of states could be found on differnt bands, all operating in unison.
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K1CJS
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2012, 08:36:15 AM »

3) If the designated control operator does something illegal, who is responsible? The control operator and the trustee jointly.

Although both are responsible, the trustee--as the licensee--is the person who would ultimately be held responsible, and not the control operator.  It should be for that reason that this was mentioned:

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"It would be a good idea for the trustee to keep a record of what control operators were designated at the different times and from what location they were operating."

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4) Are there any requirements of the contest or whatever you are operating that would preclude operation from multiple locations?

No, not at all, as long as the trustee allowed it.  Keep in mind, however, that that is why not too many trustees will allow such things.

One thing to consider, though--the 'Thirteen Original States' event used a special event call sign, not a club call sign.  The name of the ham applying for that callsign is considered the 'trustee' for it during that event.  He would be held ultimately responsible for any infractions of any stations using that callsign.

On the other hand, the FCC generally is not inclined to issue fines or forfeiture orders for simple infractions of the regulations.  You may well get a nice card from an 'Official Observer' stating that you've did a no-no, and asking you to be more observant of the rules in the future, however.  
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AA4PB
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2012, 12:27:10 PM »

From 97.103 - "When the control operator is a different amateur operator than the station licensee, both persons are equally responsible for proper operation of the station."
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