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Author Topic: Club Call Usage  (Read 5607 times)

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« on: January 14, 2003, 09:54:40 AM »

I am interested in definitive information regarding the use of Club Calls on the air, particularly when NOT used at the club location or during a club event.  Once a Trustee allows a club member to use the club call, (within their license privileges) can they use it AND their own?  Example, can the station check into a net as their own call, and also as the club call, or do they need to designate the club call stroke their own call?  I understand that some stations take the club call home for the weekend - and while I'm not sure I understand why they would use the club call when not involved in a club event, I would like to understand the guidelines better for a Net that I belong to.  We are trying to determine how clubs should be permitted to participate within our net without being in conflict with Part 97 or other FCC regs.  We'd like to include clubs as members, but want to make sure we understand how they should be operating.
       - Thanks for any info you can provide!

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2003, 08:37:23 PM »

The "best" example I can think of is when a club is participating in an event together. They are permitted to use "tactical" callsigns, for instance: DOOR ONE, or NORTH ENTRANCE. Then members should identify once every ten minutes using either their own callsign, or I would imagine that the club callsign would be useable in an event such as this. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong about using the club call in this situation.)

Our club members, in another example, will participate in a "special event" station a few times a year. Instead of getting together and operating from a single point, members are allowed (with the trustee's permission) to use the club callsign at their home station. This facilitates the collection of QSL cards for the event at a single point (the club mailbox), saving the hassle of collecting the cards from multiple individuals. We co-ordinate who's on which band via local 2M so we don't have more than one station on a band.

I could not imagine why someone would want to "take the club call home for the weekend". They still must operate within their privileges (or the privileges of the highest class operator present at the control point) so I would think that's pretty much useless. The operator wouldn't be allowed to claim contacts for DXCC made under the club call as his own contacts either.

The only advantage I see in borrowing the club call would be if the club callsign is very short, and the op was participating in a contest, AND he/she was magnanimously planning to submit his winning score in  honor of the club.

73, -Web Williams in Myrtle Beach, SC

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2003, 06:30:34 AM »

Try FCC Part 97 Rules.

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2003, 06:38:50 PM »

For a few years I used the club callsign from my house while in january vhf contest - it was too cold to go to our field day site for the contest - we tried it once and with 3 torpedo heaters running you could still see your breath when you spoke. That year several of us made voice chip microphone bases so we didn't have to bark out the club call over and over, but the chill from the hill remained so every other contest I use the club callsign from my home until younger blood flows in and carries the torch. The club takes some publicity and answers the qsl cards, I get the rocking chair and the pillowstack is just a walk down the hallway.

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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2003, 07:39:32 AM »

My understanding of the use of a "Club Callsign" is
that the callsign can be used for club activites,
ARES active nets, RACES active nets, Field Day.
These callsigns were never intended to be used by
members for personal use, only club use. The license
class is dependent on the other club members present.
73 - Tim
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