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Re: [CQ-Contest] QSL ethics

To: "Michael Coslo" <mjc5@psu.edu>,"reflector cq-contest" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QSL ethics
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 20:20:53 -0000
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Although no authority on station and operator licensing, I can give a little 
history that may help. Back in the early 1930s amateurs were issued separate 
station and operator licenses.  The station license was associated with the 
radio equipment at a specific location.  The operators license was separate 
and gave the class.  This was just as commercial station and operator 
licensing.  My early operator's license from FRC not FCC looked pretty 
classy, was identical to that given a commercial op except the class was 
"Amateur First", and on the back had places for endorsements from stations 
where operated. When I operated at someone else's station I used that 
station's callsign because I thought that was the law. Up until WWII there 
were separate station and operator licenses but the FCC started printing 
them on opposite sides of the same card.  After WWII the separate station 
license disappeared, and where amateurs were concerned the call sign was 
associated with the individual not the equipment and location.  I guess this 
is the official position since the kind of callsign you get depends on your 
operator class.  Anyway maybe this will help explain why the shifty call 
signs bother some of us OTs.

73  Jim w3cp
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Coslo" <mjc5@psu.edu>
To: "reflector cq-contest" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2007 1:44 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QSL ethics

> On Dec 5, 2007, at 5:49 PM, K0HB wrote:
>> Good point.  People don't have call signs.  Radio stations have
>> call signs.
> Is there a good online reference for this? I've always had a few
> questions on that matter, and would love to see the total rationale,
> since an exact reading of it would imply that a person without a
> station would not be licensed - and that isn't the case.
> Looked through part 97 a bit and didn't see anything definitive.
> -73 de Mike N3LI -
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