Jump to navigation. The amateur and amateur-satellite services are for qualified persons of any age who are interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest. These services present an opportunity for self-training, intercommunication, and technical investigations. Twenty-nine small frequency bands throughout the spectrum are allocated to this service internationally.
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Amateur Radio Service | Federal Communications Commission
The amateur service , the amateur-satellite service and the radio amateur civil emergency service. A radiocommunication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest. A station in an amateur radio service consisting of the apparatus necessary for carrying on radiocommunications. The use of devices and procedures for control of a station when it is transmitting so that compliance with the FCC Rules is achieved without the control operator being present at a control point. An amateur station , other than in a message forwarding system , that is transmitting communications point-to-point within a system of cooperating amateur stations.
Part 97 - Amateur Radio
You don't get to choose the call sign. Once you have been assigned a call sign you can trade it in for a specific 1-by-3 format call sign meaning one letter, either K, N or W, one numeral - zero through nine and three suffix letters of your choosing under the new Vanity Call Sign System. A few "N" calls are available. Technicians and General Class amateurs also may select a new 1-by-3 call sign. Read the Vanity call sign Frequently Asked Questions.
Forgot Password? Interpret or apply 48 Stat. The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:. The amateur service, the amateur-satellite service and the radio amateur civil emergency service.