3
$\begingroup$

I have a General class license. If I'm working with an Extra class license holder, what do we have to do to allow me to work bands outside General, but inside Extra?

$\endgroup$
3
$\begingroup$

The operating frequencies of a station under FCC jurisdiction are determined by the licensing level of the control operator of the station.

97.105(b) A station may only be operated in the manner and to the extent permitted by the privileges authorized for the class of operator license held by the control operator.

For you as a general class licensee to have the frequency privileges of an extra class licensee, the extra class control operator must grant you authority to use the station but the extra class licensee must remain the control operator during that time. The extra class control operator is responsible for the proper operation of the station.

The station identification consists of the call sign of the station. In the case of a general using an extra class station, this requires that the call sign be that of the extra class station. You are permitted to add your call to the identification, provided it does not conflict with, or cause confusion regarding, the actual station identification.

97.119(c) One or more indicators may be included with the call sign. Each indicator must be separated from the call sign by the slant mark (/) or by any suitable word that denotes the slant mark. If an indicator is self-assigned, it must be included before, after, or both before and after, the call sign. No self assigned indicator may conflict with any other indicator specified by the FCC Rules or with any prefix assigned to another country.

$\endgroup$
3
$\begingroup$

You don't exceed your own license limitations no matter what equipment is available.

If there is an Extra-class licensee there then they can operate wherever they are authorized, also.

As to your question, they can delegate you to do the contacts as long as they are present and you ID as them.

To use their Extra bands they must maintain positive control of the station.

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ Breaking the law is NOT OK. That's the whole point of having the Extra-class licensee present, maintaining positive control of the station. Presumably they will ensure compliance if they value their license. $\endgroup$ – SDsolar Sep 24 '17 at 22:24
2
$\begingroup$

Relative to the above answer.

Quite often during "FIELD DAY" operation an Extra Class operator will "loan" his call to a club or group in order to let them operate on all available frequencies, no matter what class of license the individual operator holds.

Generally speaking, a "CLUB" will elect an extra class operator as "trustee" for such activities.

$\endgroup$
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ At KL7KC, an unattended station in the CAP hanger, we were all warned that whenever we used the club station that we were to sign the station logbook and always stay within our own license limitations, even as we identified as the club station, unless the trustee (always an Extra-class licensee with his own callsign) was present. But I know that KL7KC is a special station that is grandfathered or else we would have to always identify as ourselves. $\endgroup$ – SDsolar Sep 24 '17 at 20:43
1
$\begingroup$

If the Extra is sitting where the controls can be readily accessed, they can still be considered the "control operator" and you a "participant". The "control operator" remains responsible for the transmissions in this scenario.

$\endgroup$
0
$\begingroup$

Technically to use an extra band, you have to use an extra call sign. So let's say your call sign was K1aaa, and your friends K2AA. You would have to identify by "K1AAA/K2AA", or something like that. Or just have your friend ID every 10 minutes.

$\endgroup$
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ The identification you describe is wrong. It must be the K2AA call in your example. You can add the K1AAA if you like (it is not required) but it must be clear that K2AA is the required station identification. $\endgroup$ – Glenn W9IQ Sep 24 '17 at 12:41
  • $\begingroup$ In such circumstances I always ID'd as VE5CONTROLOP's callsign, with operator VE5MYCALLSIGN. I answered CQs and made calls using the control operator's sign and clarified when I was in the QSO that that was the control op's sign and my sign was different. This is commonly done when people are contesting with special callsigns as well. $\endgroup$ – Jim MacKenzie VE5EV Sep 27 '17 at 22:30

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.