When is "mobile" not "mobile"?

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

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  1. WN1MB

    WN1MB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Great quote in your sig line.
  2. KD8WU

    KD8WU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you.
  3. VK6ZGO

    VK6ZGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    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!:D
  4. K0UO

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    "single-band hamstick" If your on 80 or 40, You should us KN4YRM/Dummy load as your call!!
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  5. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.
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  6. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.:D
  7. K2CD

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    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.
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  8. WN1MB

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    I'm going to defer to a higher authority on that one: common sense.
  9. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wish I had recorded some of the county hunters discussions on this subject. Lively, to say the least.
    Mike N3PM
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  10. N9LCD

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    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.

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