Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by KN4YRM, May 11, 2020.
Great quote in your sig line.
When I use my Terlin " Outbacker" mounted on the back patio, it's just the same as when it is on a car-------a very large car!
"single-band hamstick" If your on 80 or 40, You should us KN4YRM/Dummy load as your call!!
I could (not necessary, but could) sign "mobile" if in motion; even if stopped at a stop light. But if parked, it would be more appropriate to sign "portable," if anything. Either way, a modifier is NOT needed, it's optional. All that is needed is your call sign to be legal.
Reminds me of the station that shows up from time to time on one of the wide-area 440 networks and signs "portable mobile". I guess he wants to have all bases covered.
So if your office chair has wheels underneath it and you're making QSOs using headset and VOX whilst rolling about the room, wouldn't you be technically mobile by at least one of the definitions of the word? I cite the following example.
mo•bile mō′bəl, -bēl″, -bīl″
Capable of moving or of being moved readily from place to place.
I'm no lawyer, but I do know how folks like to stretch things.
I'm going to defer to a higher authority on that one: common sense.
I wish I had recorded some of the county hunters discussions on this subject. Lively, to say the least.
Referring to the military's AN/ equipment nomenclature system:
Mobile: Capable of being transported.
NOTES: Mobile equipment is kind of "plug and play". When you halt, you make a few "adjustments" and you're on the air. Mobile
equipment CAN NOT be operated when in motion.
Vehicular: Mounted in a vehicle.
NOTES: Vehicular equipment can be operated while in motion.
Portable: Carried by operator.
NOTES: Can be operated while being carried.
Ergo: If your rig is mounted in your vehicle, you should sign A0XYZ vehicular. If you're carrying your HT, you should sign A0XYZ portable.