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Subelement T1
FCC Rules, descriptions, and definitions for the Amateur Radio Service, operator and station license responsibilities
Section T1C
Operator licensing: operator classes; sequential and vanity call sign systems; international communications; reciprocal operation; places where the Amateur Radio Service is regulated by the FCC; name and address on FCC license database; license term; renewal; grace period
For which license classes are new licenses currently available from the FCC?
  • Novice, Technician, General, Advanced
  • Technician, Technician Plus, General, Advanced
  • Novice, Technician Plus, General, Advanced
  • Technician, General, Amateur Extra

The FCC is only issuing Technician, General and Amateur Extra Class licenses. People who have Novice or Advanced licenses, however, can renew their licenses, so we still have amateur radio operators with these licenses. All the Technician Plus (used to mean a Technician who had also passed a code test), have been converted to Technician class licenses.

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Who may select a desired call sign under the vanity call sign rules?
  • Only a licensed amateur with a General or Amateur Extra class license
  • Only a licensed amateur with an Amateur Extra class license
  • Only a licensed amateur who has been licensed continuously for more than 10 years
  • Any licensed amateur

An entry-level Technician Class licensee can select a vanity call sign, but there are more restrictions on what call signs a Technician can choose, compared to what an Extra Class can choose.

You can submit an application for a vanity call sign just as soon as your license appears in the FCC database.

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What types of international communications is an FCC-licensed amateur radio station permitted to make?
  • Communications incidental to the purposes of the Amateur Radio 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 by 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?
  • 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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Which of the following is a valid call sign for a Technician class amateur radio station?
  • K1XXX
  • KA1X
  • W1XX
  • All of these choices are correct

Technician class amateur operators must have three letters in the suffix, so having just X, or XX is not allowed.

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From which of the following locations may an FCC-licensed amateur station transmit?
  • 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 International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Regions 2 and 3
  • 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 and maintain a correct mailing address with the FCC?
  • Fine or imprisonment
  • 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 amateur radio license grant?
  • Five years
  • Life
  • Ten years
  • Twenty years

FCC Part 97.25(a) states:

An amateur service license is normally 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?
  • 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 after passing the examination for your first amateur radio license may you operate a transmitter on an Amateur Radio Service frequency?
  • Immediately
  • 30 days after the test date
  • As soon as your operator/station license grant appears in the FCC's license database
  • You must wait until you receive your license in the mail from the FCC

An amateur radio operator license is good as soon as it appears in the FCC database.

"Immediately" won't work, because the VE team has to send in the exam results, that has to be sent to the FCC, and they have to get it into the database.

30 days after the test date isn't right because the call sign might show up sooner or later than 30 days.

Your call sign will be in the database before the mail from the FCC will reach you.

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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 Radio Service frequencies?
  • No, transmitting is not allowed until the FCC license 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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