Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KF5YU, Mar 11, 2017.
It used to be when you moved to a different area you got a new call and now when people move around they keep their call so you just
ID with you call
Yes your Callsign rationale in the USA is very confusing . . .
I remember the days when you heard a W4 and knew he was in Florida, etc etc . . .
So if I go to the USA. should I sign W/G3YRO . . . or include the State letter, like W4/G3YRO?
At least here in Britain we have retailned the different Country identifiers, which you merely change as you cross the border. So if mobile in Scotland I'd become GM3YRO/M.
In terms of suffixes, our rules changed a while ago, then changed back to what they used to be !
So if you're Portable (at a temporary location, like in a vehicle or tent) you're /P . . . but if you're at a temporary QTH (ie building) you are /A.
What are the requirements for a US licensee to operate mobile or from a temporary residence in Canada?
Callsigns used on the ISS:
PI9ISS (Used during André Kuipers' stay aboard the ISS, obsolete for now)
The ISS doesn't use a suffix, and it is as home/mobile/portable as it gets.
Actually the exact same rationale. If you move to a different country here you get a new call sign. But since here people move between states probably as often as people over there move between cities to actually be a similar situation then in England you would be required to get a new call every time someone moved to a different town/city. I don't think that would be a popular change.
I think it is "or what".
TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
Mobile = On Wheels
Portable = On Foot
Let us not forget Pedestrian Mobile!
Trivia Bonus: USMIL used to have a radio category "Transportable" which we ham's would call "Portable." Thus the TRC-77, an HF CW only rig meant to be used with a wire antenna.
The USMIL catagory "Portable" is what we would call "Pedestrian Mobile", i.e., to be used while walking (or diving for cover.) So the PRC-77 was a VHF phone rig with whip antenna.