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Subelement T1
FCC Rules, descriptions and definitions for the amateur radio service, operator and station license responsibilities
Section T1C
Operator classes and station call signs; operator classes, sequential, special event, and vanity call sign systems, international communications, reciprocal operation, station license and licensee, places where the amateur service is regulated by the FCC, name and address on ULS, license term, renewal, grace period
Which type of call sign has a single letter in both the prefix and suffix?
  • Vanity
  • Sequential
  • Correct Answer
    Special event
  • In-memoriam

The FCC has authorized special 1x1 callsigns to be used "in conjunction with an event of special significance". These call signs will never be issued for a duration longer than 15 days, and can be reserved up to a year in advance.

There are 750 possible special event callsigns available.

For more information, visit 1x1callsigns.org

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Which of the following is a valid US amateur radio station call sign?
  • KMA3505
  • Correct Answer
    W3ABC
  • KDKA
  • 11Q1176

All US amateur radio callsigns start with one or two letters, followed by a number (0-9), and then followed by 1 to 3 letters.

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What types of international communications are permitted by an FCC-licensed amateur station?
  • Correct Answer
    Communications incidental to the purposes of the amateur service and remarks of a personal character
  • Communications incidental to conducting business or remarks of a personal nature
  • Only communications incidental to contest exchanges, all other communications are prohibited
  • Any communications that would be permitted on an international broadcast station

No communications relating to conducting business are permitted in the amateur service. Also, while contests are a fun part of the amateur radio hobby, they certainly have no monopoly on what can be done with Amateur Radio. Many hams spend time just chatting with other ham radio operators both locally and long distance through HF or linked repeater systems.

It should also be noted that broadcast -- the transmission of information for wide or public use -- is not permitted on the Amateur Radio service.

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When are you allowed to operate your amateur station in a foreign country?
  • Correct Answer
    When the foreign country authorizes it
  • When there is a mutual agreement allowing third party communications
  • When authorization permits amateur communications in a foreign language
  • When you are communicating with non-licensed individuals in another country

As with anything else when you are visiting a foreign country, you are subject to their laws. Many foreign countries have reciprocal agreements in place with the United States that allow licensed US ham radio operators to operate in their country.

Check before you go!

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What must you do if you are operating on the 23 cm band and learn that you are interfering with a radiolocation station outside the United States?
  • Correct Answer
    Stop operating or take steps to eliminate the harmful interference
  • Nothing, because this band is allocated exclusively to the amateur service
  • Establish contact with the radiolocation station and ask them to change frequency
  • Change to CW mode, because this would not likely cause interference

The 23cm band is not allocated for Amateur Radio operators outside of the United States, so if you are interfering with anything (radiolocation or otherwise) outside of the United States then you are causing harmful interference to a station in a place where they have primary operating privileges.

As in all other such cases, this means you need to take steps to eliminate the harmful interference, even if the only way to do so is to stop operating.

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From which of the following may an FCC-licensed amateur station transmit, in addition to places where the FCC regulates communications?
  • From within any country that belongs to the International Telecommunications Union
  • From within any country that is a member of the United Nations
  • From anywhere within in ITU Regions 2 and 3
  • Correct Answer
    From any vessel or craft located in international waters and documented or registered in the United States

In addition to being able to use your Ham Radio license in any location where the FCC has authority, you can ALSO use your privileges on any vessel registered in the United States that happens to be sitting in international waters (provided you have the permission of the captain).

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What may result when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the grantee failed to provide the correct mailing address?
  • Fine or imprisonment
  • Correct Answer
    Revocation of the station license or suspension of the operator license
  • Require the licensee to be re-examined
  • A reduction of one rank in operator class

It is important that you keep the mailing address on file with the FCC current.

Part 97.23 states: "Revocation of the station license or suspension of the operator license may result when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the grantee failed to provide the correct mailing address."

You can renew your license and/or update the mailing address by filling out a NCVEC 605 form and mailing it to a VEC or by logging into the FCC Universal Licensing System.

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What is the normal term for an FCC-issued primary station/operator license grant?
  • Five years
  • Life
  • Correct Answer
    Ten years
  • Twenty years

FCC Part 97.25(a) states:

An amateur service license is granted for a 10-year term.

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What is the grace period following the expiration of an amateur license within which the license may be renewed?
  • Correct Answer
    Two years
  • Three years
  • Five years
  • Ten years

Part 97.21.iii(b) states:

A person whose amateur station license grant has expired, may apply for renewal of the license grant for another term during a 2 year filing grace period. The application must be received at the address specified above prior to the end of the grace period. Unless and until the license is renewed, no privileges in this part are conferred.

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How soon may you operate a transmitter on an amateur service frequency after you pass the examination required for your first amateur radio license?
  • Immediately
  • 30 days after the test date
  • Correct Answer
    As soon as your name and call sign appear in the FCC's ULS database
  • You must wait until you receive your license in the mail from the FCC

Before the days of the internet, you had to wait for the FCC to mail you the paper copy of your license before you could use it. Now, you just have to wait for your name and call sign to show up in the FCC ULS database!

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If your license has expired and is still within the allowable grace period, may you continue to operate a transmitter on amateur service frequencies?
  • Correct Answer
    No, transmitting is not allowed until the ULS database shows that the license has been renewed
  • Yes, but only if you identify using the suffix "GP"
  • Yes, but only during authorized nets
  • Yes, for up to two years

"Grace period" means grace period to renew your license without having to retake all the tests, not grace period to transmit!

Once your license is expired, you are no longer permitted to operate a transmitter on the Amateur Radio service. No worries, though, because renewing your license with the FCC through the Universal Licensing System usually only takes a few minutes!

Once the ULS database shows that your license has been renewed, you can go back to operating. To avoid interruption to your amateur radio license privileges, renew your license up to 90 days before it expires.

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