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Questions about the practice of, and legal requirement to, identify your transmissions using your call sign.

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Resort FM radio station

I stayed at a resort in the U.S. recently that is located in an unpopulated area with virtually no radio reception. To fill the gap, the resort has its own FM station that can be heard only within ...
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What is the most common amateur identification practice for mobile US amateurs operating in Canada?

When a US Amateur operates in Canada, IT and Canadian regs permit some lattitude on their identification. I have read that some will prefix a "VE3" plus their own home callsign (Ontario, meaning I am ...
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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....
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Using ham radio bands for telemetry

If I built a machine that went far away, say a buoy, would I be allowed to use ham radio frequencies to transmit telemetry data back to its base station, if I used my call sign? This is for personal ...
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Who should announce the call sign when an unlicensed operator is transmitting?

If an unlicensed operator is operating phone on an amateur frequency under the direct supervision of a licensed operator for, say, longer than ten minutes, should the unlicensed operator say the call ...
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Is it legal to use an R identifier for my repeater in the USA?

I have been told by someone that my repeater is not allowed to have a slash r on the end of transmission because that is an identifier for the Russian Federation. Almost every repeater locally uses ...
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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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Identifying a transmission to myself

I have a networked remote HF receive-only receiver (Raspberry Pi with an SDR module). When I transmit to myself (to the remote receiver on its listening frequency), say for antenna path testing, or ...
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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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How does one identify the transmitting station at the end of an FPV video transmission?

I recently received my technician license, with the purpose of sending FPV video (on 5.8GHz) when flying model aircraft. However, I cannot figure out how to perform station identification when ...
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Why are some frequencies "live" where is nothing

I was ham surfing on the 2 meter FM band on my C Crane 2E Radio and occasionally I come across these frequencys that are "live" but no Audio came through. The way I know that a frequency is dead is ...
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