- Nov 29, 2017
Congratulations on passing Tech Level. I apologize for interrupting your post. l will start a new thread.
I get where you're going with this and I don't entirely disagree. In fact, I resisted getting my amateur license partly because I was a little bent out of shape over the licensing requirement.Why must we have licenses? It is just another way for the government to form a list when they are ready to silence people. Why not take a class, pass the test and broadcast.
I held a Tech for a couple years before getting my General. I rarely use just 2m/440 anymore; it's almost exclusively HF. HF really opens up a very big world and it's huge fun.I'll go back for the General, basically because it forces me to learn more, lol.
For the same reason you need a license to drive a car. You can certainly drive a car without one. But part of the licensing process, when you are learning and getting your first license, teaches you how to get along with other drivers on the road safely and courteously. e.g., How do you resolve the conflict of "who goes first?" at a four way stop sign when both cars arrive at the same time? e.g., What are you supposed to do when an emergency vehicle needs to access the part of the road that you are currently occupying?Tell me why I need a license.
Congratulatons! My dad was a ham. He was a radio operator in WWII and after he returned to civilian life he still loved his radios. I remember hearing him late into the night "CQ .. CQ .. this is K5CFT". He had cards with his call signs printed and exchanged them with people he talked to. He had a wall covered in cards from all over the world. My siblings and I all learned Morse code as children but I don't remember any of it now. Not a dot nor a dash.Made it official today. Passed the Tech level just waiting for my call sign to appear.
Note that IF they try to send something to your P.O. Box, and it bounces back to them as "undeliverable" or "not at this address", your license will be canceled immediately. I would recommend updating your FCC records to list your new P.O. Box right away.I used a P.O.Box, too, evidently. I just looked myself up. But I moved. So when I update, I'll use my new PO box. Ha.
I not worried about anyone knowing about myself. But some people are more private than me. There is a difference between announcing your callsign over the air in a conversation that is heard by only a small number of people and only at the exact moment that you transmit - and putting it up on the internet in a post that can be viewed by everyone, across the globe, and it will remain archived there for just about all of eternity.Since the call sign is announced via the airwaves, not much difference lol.
Bingo. I worry though but that's why I'm not sharing that here or any forums. I'm only a technician anyway so it's not like I'm trying to say I'm higher up than I am lolol.Also, note that by posting your callsign on the internet, you are effectively posting your real name and your address. Because anybody can look up the details of your callsign online in the FCC database (it's considered a public record). I am intentionally not providing the link to the FCC license search so as not to expose anyone here who may wish to remain anonymous, but it's not difficult to find the website link.
So don't post your callsign if it bothers you for people to know your name and address.
Nice! Bookmarked for future reference.I decided to park this here. Pirate radio may not be your choice right now but awareness is always a good choice. Copy and save this article, or better yet print it out and keep it with your radio books.
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