Am I Mobile, Portable or What?

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KF5YU, Mar 11, 2017.

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  1. K3LI

    K3LI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Your Mortable
  2. NQ6G

    NQ6G Ham Member QRZ Page

    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
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  3. G3YRO

    G3YRO Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.

    Roger G3YRO
  4. WA7ARK

    WA7ARK Ham Member QRZ Page

    What are the requirements for a US licensee to operate mobile or from a temporary residence in Canada?
  5. N2SUB

    N2SUB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Callsigns used on the ISS:
    NA1SS (US)
    RS0ISS (Russia)
    DP0ISS (Germany)
    OR4ISS (Belgium)
    PI9ISS (Used during André Kuipers' stay aboard the ISS, obsolete for now)
    IR0ISS (Italy)

    The ISS doesn't use a suffix, and it is as home/mobile/portable as it gets. :)
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  6. NG1H

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    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.
  7. 2E0WMG

    2E0WMG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Or Portabile.
  8. K8ERV

    K8ERV QRZ Member QRZ Page

    I think it is "or what".

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
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  9. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Mobile = On Wheels
    Portable = On Foot
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  10. KM4DYX

    KM4DYX Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.


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