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Author Topic: Special Events and 1x1 Calls  (Read 16912 times)
KG4RUL
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« on: July 14, 2014, 10:10:39 AM »

PROBLEM

1x1, Special Event call signs are assigned to various short term events during the course of a calendar year.

QRZ.com has allowed the call sign database entries for some 1x1 calls to be permanently associated with one of the short term events using a call.

The result of this action is an inadvertent mis-direction of QSL requests and donations to the wrong event.

POSSIBLE SOLUTION


To help alleviate this problem, QRZ.com could make ALL 1x1 calls generic in nature by using the following suggested text, in the body of the listing:

In PR Docket 93-305, the Federal Communications Commission reserved a block of 750 call signs, in the one-by-one call sign format, for temporary use by amateur radio stations during events that are of special significance to the amateur service community.

A special event call sign aids amateur operators in calling attention "on-air" to their participation in the event as well as helping to bring public notice to the event. Examples of the use of one-by-one call signs by amateur stations include a wide variety of events such as conventions, festivals, dedications and anniversaries.

A one-by-one call sign consists of a single prefix letter (K, N, or W), the region number (0 to 9), and a single suffix letter (A to Z, except the letter X). There are 750 such call signs. The FCC rules (Section 2.302) do not permit the assignment of one-by-one amateur station call signs containing the suffix letter X.

To determine which event was using this 1x1 call sign, during a particular time period, refer to the on-line, One-by-One Database at: http://www.1x1callsigns.org/

However, the One-by-One Database does not list the URL, if any, of each event listed.  This would result in the station wanting a QSL needing to find the current URL or other source of event information.

QUESTIONS

If the One-by-One Database could be expanded to include event URLs, would the above scheme solve the problem?

Is their another possible solution?

Dennis KG4RUL
13 Original Colonies Special Event
SC QSL Manager
Event Webmaster

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