TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 19.45 DATE: November 10, 2019
SUBJECT: PROPER IDENTIFICATION
It's been awhile since we've had a bulletin about identifying your station. There have been several new Amateur Radio operators since the last identification bulletin, so this might be a good time to refresh every bodies memory.
FCC Rules and Regulations says that every Amateur shall identify their station every 10 minutes during their communications, and at the end of their communications. You don't have to identify your station at the beginning of your communications, but you need to identify yourself at least every 10 minutes, and at the end of your communications.
Tactical Callsigns, such as "Race Control", "Mile Marker 2", "Water Stop 6", are legal to use during events such as walks, runs, drills, and actual emergencies, but you still need to identify your station properly with your FCC assigned callsign every ten minutes during a communications, and when your communications with another station has ended.
During a net, you should identify your station after you have made any comments, since you may not get another chance to do so until after the net is closed, then it may be too late. Remember when identifying, the last word out of your mouth should be your callsign.
Don't forget, you're also required to identify your station any time you key your radio, even if it's to just see if it is transmitting, or checking to see if a repeater is on the air, and you're able to hit it.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV