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When is "mobile" not "mobile"?

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by KN4YRM, May 11, 2020.

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  1. KN4YRM

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    Esoteric ham ethics question, don't blame me for wasting your time if you keep reading!

    I plan on turning my car into a "remote" battery powered (not the car's battery) station. Car will be off and stationary in my driveway, I'll operate the radio from inside over wifi on days when rain & lightning threaten. I disconnect antennas from the inside-the-house shack altogether.

    I don't plan on connecting the outdoor antenna to the radio in the car, instead just a simple single-band hamstick in a magmount on the roof of the car.

    I don't plan on adding "mobile" when I call to a DX station or in a contest, but I'm curious what y'all think about the "ethics" of doing so under the circumstances above. Seems like a lot of stations will give a little preference when they hear mobile in a pileup. Seems to me that preference is because the mobile station's propagation could change at any moment, not just because they're using a compromised antenna.
  2. KP4SX

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    Personally I wouldn't consider that mobile or even portable.
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  3. N8AFT

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    Me thinks u lookin to cheat...
  4. KN4YRM

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    Nah. Can't say I wouldn't add "mobile" if I was literally driving around, but in this case I would not. I have not actually done HF mobile, but on 2m I know that you can go from full quieting on a repeater to dropping off because of an overpass or any number of reasons, I assume it's the same for HF, and thus the courtesy and contest class. My remote station is really just me using my car as a waterproof box outside on days I don't want antenna lines coming to the house.
  5. K3XR

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    There is no longer a requirement to sign portable or mobile. Has not been the case for some number of years. Just give your'll be fine.
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  6. WN1MB

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    "not the car's battery" cinched it: it's not a mobile station.

    Signing "mobile" from the Barcalounger isn't mobile unless said Barcalounger is installed in your car.

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  7. WD0BCT

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    What if my Barcalounger has wheels on it? :D
  8. WN1MB

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    Then you're the luckiest kid in the neighborhood. ;)
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  9. KJ5T

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    When I had HF mobile, I would only sign mobile when operating the station either actually moving or if I was away from my general area of my license. While not a requirement to sign portable or mobile sometimes it is easier to let someone know that you aren't operating from your license station location. I I was using an antenna on my vehicle but operating from my shack I wouldn't sign mobile.
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  10. KD8WU

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    It also adds +20 dB to your signal.
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