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I an studying for my technician class examination, and I came across this question:

What may result when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the grantee failed to provide the correct mailing address?

A. Fine or imprisonment

B. Revocation of the station license or suspension of the operator license

C. Require the licensee to be re-examined

D. A reduction of one rank in operator class

The answer is B. I wanted to research more about the distinction, but my Google powers were falling me. I am using an Anki flashcard deck to study and this question was tagged with "T1C07 (B) [97.23]", but I don't know what that means.

Another Exam Question

What is the normal term for an FCC-issued primary station/operator license grant?

A. Five years

B. Life

C. Ten years

D. Twenty years

T1C08 (C) [97.25]

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I don't know the details, but I understand that historically, operator licenses and station licenses were more distinct than they are now. This wording might be partially a historical artifact of that. I hope someone with knowledge of the actual history and current law can answer. –  Kevin Reid AG6YO Feb 18 at 19:45
    
@KevinReidAG6YO I hope that somebody with the historical knowledge can answer, too. There is so much that I have been learning in the last couple of days. I am glad that ham.SE exists! –  kzh Feb 18 at 20:07
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Answer the first part of your question:

Based on the FCC description of club stations, I think the VE exam answer is referring to a club station license. The description of the club station license from the above source:

A club station license allows members of an amateur radio club to have a station operating under a club call sign. The license is granted only to the trustee of the club. It conveys no operating privileges.

To be granted a club station license, a club must have:

  1. A name
  2. A document of organization
  3. Management
  4. A primary purpose devoted to amateur service activities consistent with the FCC Rules
  5. At least four persons
  6. A license trustee designated by an officer of the club
  7. Trustee must hold an amateur service operator license grant. (See Section 97.5(b)(2) of the FCC Rules)

To answer the second part of your question:

The numbers in brackets, 97.23 and 97.25, are the FCC part 97 sections that are relevant to the exam question.

T1C07 and T1C08 are ID codes for the questions, which are published by the National Conference of Volunteer Exam Coordinators (NCVEC). These questions are from the technician question pool (T), section 1C, and are questions 07 and 08 in that section.

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I thought that any HAM operator with a mobile radio was in fact a station. This is mostly where my confusion comes from. –  kzh Feb 18 at 19:17
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"T1C07" is an ID for the question out of the question pool, which is published by NCVEC, not ARRL. "T" for Technician, "1C" for the group (topic), and "07" for the question itself. –  Kevin Reid AG6YO Feb 18 at 19:42
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Thanks Kevin, I'll incorporate that information into the answer. –  Andrew KG5ABV Feb 18 at 22:19
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