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Author Topic: Proper ID  (Read 403 times)
AL7BA
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« on: May 21, 2001, 11:43:01 AM »

Not having operated since '81 and having an Alaskan advanced call (AL7BA), do I ID as, "AL7BA, portable 8" when I operate fixed from my home in OH?  Thanx.  73s Jim
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N1ZZZ
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2001, 12:39:09 PM »

Here's what I do.  I am a N1 call in Florida.  When I am on the local repeaters talking the the locals, I don't bother with the "slant 4".  It is a different story on HF though.  I usually operate the digital modes, so adding the "/4" to the text isn't a big deal.  I tend to forget on SSB, but mention it sometime in the QSO.  On 6 mtrs, I am religious.  I don't want to disappoint a local on 6 mtr SSB thinking there is a band opening to New England, when I am in the next town. (same goes with weak signal VHF and up)

You have a slightly different situation, since people may think that you are a DX Alaskan station.  While I don't believe that the FCC makes you give the /8 on the call (check the regs to be sure though), I think it's a courtesy to add the /8 when working HF so that you are clear where you are transmitting from, just so you don't get anyone's hopes up.  I wouldn't worry about it on the repeaters after all the locals get to know you.

I hope that helps.  Again, this is what I do.

73

Jeremy N1ZZZ/4
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W4JH
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2001, 07:22:39 PM »

The FCC rules were changed some years ago, and you are no longer required to append the "Portable 8" to your callsign. It still might be a good idea for you to do so, however, in order to avoid creating pileups of stations wanting to work Alaska. Also, if you participate in contesting, check the particular rules for the contest -- you might need to add the "Portable 8."        
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KL7IPV
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2001, 11:37:40 PM »

Well, having the same dilemma, here is my answer. I have operated a fixed station in Colorado and now Nevada. I know that many are looking for an Alaska station when they hear me, so I give the state I am in when I sign my call ( KL7IPV in Nevada ). That eliminates someone coming back to me looking for a rare one or being bent when they find out I am not in Alaska. I have had three other calls and I used to have to make a callsign change when I moved. Since now I don't and my call is a sorta rare "I" suffix, I don't want to part with it. So as a courtesy, I use the state name as part of my call when I answer and when I CQ. That way they KNOW when they respond that I am not in Alaska.
73,
Frank
KL7IPV ( in Nevada )
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RobertKoernerExAE7G
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2001, 03:34:52 AM »

I got tired of the confusion when I was NY1I in Tucson AZ.  So, when we could request a call, I changed my call to get rid of the NY1I/7.  Now, the unexpected confusion on phone is from Europeans converting me to EA7, or thinking I'm a VE7.

have FUN
Bob
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