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Why aren’t emergency services using callsigns?

I’m super new to radio with nobody I know knowing it, so noob alert - plus some extraneous details in case you can comment on any of those. I got a pair of BaoFeng BF-F8HP radios with recommended ...
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Transferring old callsign to a club?

A new vanity callsign will be granted to me (currently in pending level 2 stage). Can I transfer my current soon to be cancelled callsign (vanity) to a club which I am trustee without waiting the ...
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What to do when accidental emission can't be given a call sign ID?

Yes, obviously, it would be best if there's not an emission that doesn't include a call sign ID. Part 97 seems to say this should never, ever occur (the law is often written in that kind of black-and-...
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Call sign ID for a “homebrew” or improvised repeater?

I saw a couple YouTube videos last night about setting up a repeater using a pair of cheap hand-held radios and, at its simplest, an audio patch cable to connect the speaker output of one radio to the ...
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What happens to your callsign if you migrate?

If, as an amateur radio operator, you're licensed in one country with a callsign, let's suppose, the US and you migrate to, say, Germany, will you have to reapply and obtain a new callsign? What if ...
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Is it conventional to sign using the phonetic alphabet like people do in the military or aviation?

I know that most amateur operators simply sign at the beginning or end of a message, like The weather is good, Kz1XXY Would it also be customary to say that in ...
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When to log a callsign suffix for a QSO?

When do I log a callsign suffix in the logbook when I hear them say something like portable or QRP after their callsign? I'm specifically referring to cases where they don't use stroke or slash ...
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A question about callsign formats

I just passed my technician exam (yay!) and received my callsign from the FCC (KC1KHV). I was surprised by the two letter prefix, which seems to come from the class D group. According to the FCC ...
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Using a Deceased Club Member's Call Sign for Field Day

The Secretary of our club passed away unexpectedly last week. With Field Day rapidly approaching in the U.S., the board is wondering if there is any legitimate way for the club to use the deceased ...
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USA/callsigns: Why is California region 6? And the midwest in regions 7-9?

I don't quite understand the regional callsign system for the USA. At first it seems to make sense with CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT being region 1 and then going west NJ and NY are region 2, and then ...
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Is using /AE compulsory?

I'm taking the exam to upgrade my licence to Extra soon, but I'm concerned the ULS might not update in time for Field Day, when I'm supposed to be supervising (and using my call-sign for) my club's ...
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Are Americans the only hams with four-letter callsigns?

Some American hams are lucky enough to have four letter call signs such as: K1JT Are American hams the only ones with the possibility of a four letter call sign? Is there another country that grants ...
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Which country’s hams have the longest call signs?

Not including special event callsigns, which group (country/class/etc) of hams have and use the longest callsigns? I know that theoretically the longest would be a (3x4) or 8 character callsign but ...
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Is there a different ham radio phonetic alphabet?

I was reading New Ham Radio License by AG6IF and the author says something strange in the context of station/operator identification: Use the standard ham phonetics, not the Air Force version, or ...
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Linkable lists of call signs in a specific zip code

I've been trying to build a ham related website. I'm looking for a list of call signs. Here's the trick: I need the URL to change based on the zip code. I want to be able to put the link on a page, ...
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How to programmatically distinguish European from non European call sign?

Any ham radio log processing app developers? I am creating web application to manage our club award and I need to programmatically distinguish European from non European stations by call sign. I ...
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How often are we required to send our callsign?

Amateurs on the radio and online tell us we MUST ID at the start of our transmissions. A couple of hams on 75m sometimes take me to task for not saying my callsign right away. 'The FCC says so'. Is ...
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License upgrade doesn't extend term of license?

I just upgraded my license to Extra about a week and a half ago, so perhaps I'm supposed to know this. The FCC database shows my upgrade to Extra, but the expiration date and callsign haven't changed....
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How do I apply for a vanity callsign online?

ARRL indicates that you can apply for vanity callsigns online by "by connecting to the FCC's web site[ and clicking] on the icon entitled “Online Filing LOG IN”". I can't seem to see any mention of ...
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Is there any downside to getting a vanity callsign?

I just got my HAM license, and I have been thinking about getting a 1×3 vanity that I can remember more easily. This question is partially in reference to this passage on the FCC site: A club ...
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Blocking a specfic DMR ID

Is it possible to block a specific DMR ID Rx, sort of "ignore"? If so, is it repeater-based, or it has to be set locally, on radio? Speaking of popular md380/390 radios, there is a "Call Alert" ...
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Can I use a Hawaiian call sign on the mainland?

A ham is initially licensed in Hawaii as KH6ABC (example only). If he subsequently moves to the mainland, can he keep his geographically restricted "KH" call sign or must it be changed?
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Which countries require you to change your call sign if you change your residence?

I live in Austria (OE). There we have to change our call sign if we move beyond one of the 9 Austrian federal state's border. For example I lived near Innsbruck (Tyrol) with the sign OE7TKT. I moved ...
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How Are US Call Sign Location ID's Assigned?

If I take my license exam in California, but my residence is in New York, would my call sign still reflect the New York location?
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Are amateur radio call signs unique among all radio call signs?

Idle curiosity: Are the call signs of amateur radio operators distinct from call signs in all other radio services, such that there can be no ambiguity even if the relevant license and band(s) of ...
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Is it possible to transfer an area-specific call sign from a deceased relative?

I passed my Technician exam today and my grandma, who's been a ham for decades, suggested that I could try to get my grandpa's call sign. He passed away several years ago, but his FCC registration is ...
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How can I tell if a call sign is valid?

Many different countries have different callsign formats. The US call signs typically fit into a very well defined category, but there are exceptions even there. I'm looking for a way to tell if a ...
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What should I do if my call is being used by someone else?

I've been contacted by others who want to verify a DX with me, but I was not operating at that time! It appears that someone made several contacts using my callsign for a short window of time one day....