§97.3 Definitions. (a) The definitions of terms used in part 97 are: (1) Amateur operator. A person named in an amateur operator/primary license station grant on the ULS consolidated licensee database to be the control operator of an amateur station. . . . (5) Amateur station. A station in an amateur radio service consisting of the apparatus necessary for carrying on radiocommunications. Intriguing as the amateur station as defined in (5) can't do much without an operator as defined in (1). It would seem to me that as far as the FCC is concerned, operation of an amateur station can only be done by an amateur operator--either directly or as a control operator. Any person not an amateur operator or not having a control operator present cannot legally operate an amateur station for any reason. In practical matters is the forgoing true? Probably not, but any person using the equipment in such a manner should be prepared to explain and defend their actions.