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Subelement T1
FCC Rules, descriptions and definitions for the amateur radio service, operator and station license responsibilities
Section T1F
Station identification and operation standards; special operations for repeaters and auxiliary stations, third party communications, club stations, station security, FCC inspection
What type of identification is being used when identifying a station on the air as "Race Headquarters"?
  • Correct Answer
    Tactical call
  • Self-assigned designator
  • SSID
  • Broadcast station

Tactical callsigns are commonly used to simplify communications in an emergency or service net, such as a race or a parade. Some examples of a tactical callsign that might be used would be: "Race Headquarters", "Shadow" (for the operator who is with the race director), "700 east" (street name where they are located), "net control" (for station coordinating the net), etc.

You might think at first that it would be illegal to use callsigns other than your FCC-granted call, but in actuality the requirement is only that you identify with your FCC-granted call once every 10 minutes and at the end of your conversation. Therefore, it is okay to use a tactical call for calling, as long as you identify with your real callsign once every 10 minutes and in your last transmission. It is not uncommon to hear a message such as "All stations who have transmitted in the last ten minutes please identify now" during a tactical net to remind everyone to identify using their callsign.

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When using tactical identifiers, how often must your station transmit the station's FCC-assigned call sign?
  • Never, the tactical call is sufficient
  • Once during every hour
  • Correct Answer
    Every ten minutes
  • At the end of every communication

No matter what form of identifiers you are using for calling, the requirement is that you identify at least once every ten minutes and in your last transmission. Every ten minutes is a good rule of thumb, because if you are identifying every ten minutes then you are certainly filling this requirement. If ten minutes have passed and you haven't transmitted since the last time you transmitted your callsign then you do not need to identify again.

The answer "every ten minutes" is thus a little bit misleading, but ultimately if you are doing so you are fulfilling the requirement, which none of the rest of these answers can claim.

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When is an amateur station required to transmit its assigned call sign?
  • At the beginning of each contact, and every 10 minutes thereafter
  • At least once during each transmission
  • At least every 15 minutes during and at the end of a contact
  • Correct Answer
    At least every 10 minutes during and at the end of a contact

97.119 Station identification.

(a) Each amateur station, except a space station or telecommand station, must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every ten minutes during a communication, for the purpose of clearly making the source of the transmissions from the station known to those receiving the transmissions. No station may transmit unidentified communications or signals, or transmit as the station call sign, any call sign not authorized to the station.

So you do not have to transmit your callsign at the beginning, but you must every 10 minutes and at the end of the communication.

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Which of the following is an acceptable language for use for station identification when operating in a phone sub-band?
  • Any language recognized by the United Nations
  • Any language recognized by the ITU
  • Correct Answer
    The English language
  • English, French, or Spanish

You may use any language you wish for communications over Amateur Radio in the United States, but when identifying your station you must use English.

When you give your callsign always use English letters and/or the English phonetic alphabet.

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What method of call sign identification is required for a station transmitting phone signals?
  • Send the call sign followed by the indicator RPT
  • Correct Answer
    Send the call sign using CW or phone emission
  • Send the call sign followed by the indicator R
  • Send the call sign using only phone emission

Indicators are never used when transmitting phone signals (phone means you're just talking with voice); you just use your callsign. You can identify with either phone (voice) or CW (Continuous Wave, which means morse code). Repeaters often use morse code for identification.

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Which of the following formats of a self-assigned indicator is acceptable when identifying using a phone transmission?
  • KL7CC stroke W3
  • KL7CC slant W3
  • KL7CC slash W3
  • Correct Answer
    All of these choices are correct

Mnemonic: Stroke, Slash, Slant = all the Same

Thus All of these choices are correct

A self assigned indicator will be used to let others know when you are not operating at your normal licensed station location. You would sign with your call sign followed by a code indicating your current location.

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Which of the following restrictions apply when appending a self-assigned call sign indicator?
  • It must be more than three letters and less than five letters
  • It must be less than five letters
  • It must start with the letters AA through AL, K, N, or W and be not less than two characters or more than five characters in length
  • Correct Answer
    It must not conflict with any other indicator specified by the FCC rules or with any call sign prefix assigned to another country

Self-assigned call-sign indicators are simply anything that you choose to add onto your callsign; for example, if you were participating in a contest with morse code and wanted to indicate that you could append the suffix "/CX" to your callsign.

You can add any callsign indicator you wish as long as it can't be confused with something else; for example, someone who has passed their General exam but their license has not yet been updated in the FCC database is required to operate with the suffix "/AG" appended to their callsign to indicate that they are a temporary general; thus if you were to append "/AG" to your callsign as a self-assigned indicator it would seem you were a general awaiting your upgrade to finish. Similarly if you were to use a prefix that made your station appear to be from another country that would be confusing / misleading as well.

For this reason the rules specify that your indicator must not conflict with any other indicator specified by the FCC rules or other countries.

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When may a Technician Class licensee be the control operator of a station operating in an exclusive Extra Class operator segment of the amateur bands?
  • Correct Answer
    Never
  • On Armed Forces Day
  • As part of a multi-operator contest team
  • When using a club station whose trustee is an Extra Class operator licensee

The control operator of a station is the one in control of that station. You may never be a control operator of a station outside of your authorized bands. This is different than operating a station in those outside frequencies when there IS a licensed control operator present as with a special event station, a contest, or at field day, for instance.

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What type of amateur station simultaneously retransmits the signal of another amateur station on a different channel or channels?
  • Beacon station
  • Earth station
  • Correct Answer
    Repeater station
  • Message forwarding station

Repeater stations are one of the most important types of stations to understand if you plan to operate on 2m or 70cm (which most technician licensees will). Repeater stations listen on one frequency (for example 147.94MHz) and retransmit anything they receive on another frequency; generally the two frequencies are separated by a well-known offset. On 2 meters the offset is usually 600kHz and on 70cm it is usually 5MHz.

The only distractor listed that seems like it might be correct is "Message forwarding station". However, a message forwarding station would receive a message and then forward it, not retransmit simultaneously. Beacon stations don't usually receive at all -- they just transmit periodically to help other stations determine wave propagation conditions. Earth stations are simply radio stations that are located within 50km of the Earth's surface.

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Who is accountable should a repeater inadvertently retransmit communications that violate the FCC rules?
  • Correct Answer
    The control operator of the originating station
  • The control operator of the repeater
  • The owner of the repeater
  • Both the originating station and the repeater owner

Repeaters run on automatic control, and thus do not have a control operator present at a control point. Therefore the repeater's control operator can't be expected to watch all use of the repeater all the time.

As such, the control operator of the originating station is responsible for their own emissions, even if those are retransmitted by a repeater.

Generally speaking, whoever originates something is responsible for its content, not those in charge of whatever the content passes through.

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To which foreign stations do the FCC rules authorize the transmission of non-emergency third party communications?
  • Correct Answer
    Any station whose government permits such communications
  • Those in ITU Region 2 only
  • Those in ITU Regions 2 and 3 only
  • Those in ITU Region 3 only

The FCC does not restrict you from contacting any foreign operator or from you allowing a third party to contact a foreign operator as long as the government of the country in which they reside does not prohibit the communication.

It doesn't matter what region they're in; the FCC doesn't have a problem with you or anyone else with you communicating out of the country -- in point of fact, one of the stated purposes of Amateur Radio is to increase international goodwill! Of course, if you or the third party were to start doing something stupid like transmitting confidential information or threatening people or something you may come under judgement for breaking another law, but it wouldn't be because you allowed a third party to communicate. =] (Please don't be stupid.)

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How many persons are required to be members of a club for a club station license to be issued by the FCC?
  • At least 5
  • Correct Answer
    At least 4
  • A trustee and 2 officers
  • At least 2

This is another one of those things that there isn't much you can do but remember it; however, if you figure that 3 is a few and you need more than a few, 4 is the next choice =]

Or just remember there are four letters in club

Three is a few, four is a crew...

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When must the station licensee make the station and its records available for FCC inspection?
  • Any time upon request by an official observer
  • Correct Answer
    Any time upon request by an FCC representative
  • 30 days prior to renewal of the station license
  • 10 days before the first transmission

As a federal licensee, you're obligated to make everything available for inspection that relates to the radio amateur practice (station, records etc) if the FCC or a representative requests so. These visits are very rare and only occur when there are reasons to believe that an improper behaviour has occurred. Remember have your original license available for inspection too!

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