BE Informed No. 1.12
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Meanings of jargon and colloquial speech
used by our amateur service
John B. Johnston W3BE
Amateur - A Section 97.3(a)(4) duly authorized person interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.
Amateur operator -
A Section 97.3(a)(1) duly authorized person named in an amateur operator/primary license station grant on the ULS consolidated licensee database to be the (Section 97.105) control operator of an amateur station transmitting from a place where the FCC is the regulator. Caution: some Section 97.507 question-preparing VEs have erroneously insisted that it is the transmitting station that does the “operating” and it is a person who
does the “transmitting.”
- Activation without intervention by the designated Section 97.105 control operator.
A capability resulting from interconnecting - utilizing audible tone code signaling - a Section 97.5 amateur station with a public telephone system for the purpose of delivering Section 97.115(b) third party messages.
Auxiliary - A
Section 97.201 auxiliary station, other than in a Section 97.219 message forwarding system, that is transmitting communications point-to-point within a system of cooperating amateur stations. Read Section 97.3(a)(7).
Beacon - A Section 97.203 beacon station transmitting communications for the Section 97.3(a)(9) purposes of observation of propagation and reception or other related experimental activities.
Carrier squelch - Receiver audio muting
activated solely by the presence or absence of an RF signal.
Closed repeater - A Section 97.205 repeater where only users acceptable to the Section 97.103 station licensee are welcome.
link - A Section 97.213(a) radio or wireline connection between the Section 97.3(a)(14) control point and a Section 97.213 remotely controlled station that enables the designated Section 97.105 control operator to perform his/her duties.
operator - Designated Section 97.105 control operator. An amateur operator designated by the licensee of a station to be responsible for the transmissions from that station
to assure compliance with the FCC Rules.
Control station - A Section 97.201 auxiliary station comprised of the transmitting apparatus in a Section 97.213(a) point-to-point
tele-command link from the Section 97.3(a)(14) control point for a Section 97.213 remotely controlled amateur station.
- A geographical place accepted by private entities as a country for their various operating awards.
CQ - “Seek you.”
The traditional general, non-directed call for response by any other amateur station wishing to engage in a two-way exchange.
- Intercommunications between stations transmitting on different channels.
CTCSS - A sub-audible tone transmitted with normal voice audio to open
the squelch of a receiver.
- From, as in K3BNS de W3BE.
- An amateur station that performs digital signal repeating by receiving a packet, processing it, and retransmitting
it on the same channel.
- An amateur station situated at a great distance from the listener, oftentimes in another country.
DXer - An
amateur operator who specializes in DXing.
- Conducting two-way radio communications with DX stations.
EchoLink - A computer-based system that allows hams
to communicate with other hams using Voice over IP technology on the Internet for at least part of the path between them.
Elmer - A mentor
who assists ham wanna-bees.
bands - Those segments in the Section 97.301(b) 80, 75, 40,
20 and 15 meter bands authorized exclusively to an amateur station whose designated Section 97.105 control operator is listed on the ULS as Amateur Extra Class.
- A non-ham or a person listed on the ULS as a Novice, Technician, General, or Advanced Class Operator license who is intercommunicating by amateur radio at a Section 97.5 amateur station utilizing the higher frequency privileges of the designated Section 97.105 control operator.
GOTA Participant -
A person not listed on the ULS as an amateur radio operator who is intercommunicating by amateur radio at a Section 97.5 amateur station with the frequency privileges of the designated Section 97.105 control operator.
GOTA Principle -
The theory that a third party - at the discretion of the
Section 97.105 control operator - can compliantly originate for transmission the speech otherwise spoken by a Section 97.3(a)(4) amateur as well as formulate and act upon judgments that are the sole responsibility of, and normally are carried out by, the designated
Section 97.105 control operator.
GOTA Station - Get-On-The-Air.
According to the Field Day 2010 rules, it is a club, non-club group or EOC station that may be operated by any person licensed
since the previous year’s Field Day, regardless of license class. A non-licensed person may participate under the direct
supervision of an appropriate station control operator. The station is supposed to have a valid designated Section 97.105 control operator present if operating beyond the license privileges of the participant using the station.
Gray area of the rules - Translation: “I don’t
really know the answer to your rules question. But obviously neither do you. So, let us not miss out on this opportunity for
us to enjoy listening to me pontificate.”
Ham as in ham operator - A Section 97.3(a)(1) duly authorized person named in an amateur operator/primary license station grant on the ULS consolidated licensee database to be the control operator of an amateur station. The term also covers Section 97.107 reciprocal operating authority.
– One-way information bulletins transmitted by a Section 97.103 station.
A gathering of amateur operators for socializing, selling/buying apparatus, exchanging information, conducting informative
Hamlore - Recollections
- sometimes exaggerated - of events, practices, and rules from back in the day.
Hamvet - An amateur operator who has served, or is now serving, with
the United States Military Services.
- The regulatory philosophy of codifying into the rules the exact method that must be used in order to satisfy some
ID the station
- Causing or allowing the station to transmit the Section 97.119 station identification
IDer - A device
that generates the Section 97.119 station identification
- The authorization of greater spectrum privileges as a reward for upgrading to a higher amateur operator
class license. It can also mean the controversial 1968 Report and Order implementing the process.
LID – A ham operator using unappreciated
poor over-the-air technique.
- A Section 97.315 RF power amplifier that increases its instantaneous power output level proportional to its signal input without introducing unacceptable distortion.
A Section 97.205 repeater station.
– An unidentified station transmitting on our Section 97.301 amateur service frequency bands.
Mobile - An amateur
station transmitting from locations other than the Section 97.23 mailing address on the ULS that can get underway without ceasing transmitting.
Moon bounce - A method of communicating by making use of the radio reflecting
property of the surface of the Moon.
or Network - Two or more amateur stations participating in a voluntary, cooperative, interactive
arrangement where communications are sent from the designated Section 97.105 control operator of an originating station to the designated Section 97.105 control operator of one or other stations.
- The station at which the emcee of a net presides.
person or unlicensed person - Anyone for whom there is no current Section 97.17(a) ULS license grant listing on the ULS or who is not authorized for Section 97.107 alien reciprocal operation.
- That Section 97.301(e) spectrum authorized to a station having a designated Section 97.105 control operator who is listed on the ULS having a license grant of Novice, Technician, or Technician Plus Class.
Open repeater - A Section 97.205 repeater station that welcomes use by transient user stations.
- Can have several different meanings and, for that reason, should not be used without accompanying enlightenment.
Sometimes the reference is to the designated Section 97.105 control operator causing or allowing the station to transmit on amateur service spectrum. Still other times, it is a confusing reference to
someone, other than the designated Section 97.105 control operator, participating in stating a first party, or their Section 97.115(b) third party message by speaking, typing, telegraph keying the words of the message, pointing the video camera or by whatever means the message
is generated. To add even more confusion, some Section 97.507 question-preparing VEs insist that it is the station that does the “operating.”
Phonepatch - A capability resulting from interconnecting a Section 97.5 amateur station with a public telephone system for the purpose of delivering a Section 97.115(b) third party message.
Pirate station -
An unauthorized station transmitting on our amateur service bands.
Portable - A Section 97.5 amateur station transmitting from a location other than the mailing address shown for it on the ULS which can get underway only after ceasing transmitting.
Professional communicator - A ULS listed amateur operator interested in radio technique with a personal aim and/or pecuniary interest.
Radio Inspector or RI - A former
official title for field agents of government agencies who were responsible for enforcement of radio regulations. Sometimes
refers to any current or former FCC employee.
Remote base - A Section 97.213(a) remotely
controlled station having a Section 97.213(a) radio or wireline interconnection with its Section 97.3(a)(14) control point that enables the designated Section 97.105 control operator to perform his/her duties.
- A non-citizen of the United States (alien) eligible for Section 97.107 reciprocal operating authority in places where the FCC is our regulator.
Repeater - A Section 97.205 repeater station that simultaneously retransmits the transmission of another amateur station on a different channel or channels. Read Section 97.3(a)(40).
- Radio Inspector.
- The transmitting apparatus comprising a Section 97.5 amateur station.
Rogue station -
An unlicensed station transmitting on spectrum allocated to our amateur service.
SASE - Self-addressed stamped envelope.
Simplex - The protocol of two or more stations intercommunicating
by taking turns transmitting on one channel.
- A Morse code procedural signal or pro-sign indicating distress and the need for help.
Special event - Anything and everything
as long as the block of 780 call signs allocated to the special event call sign system holds out. Read Section 97.3(a)(11)(iii).
Station licensee - Section 97.103 station licensee.
Third party communications –
Section 97.115 transmissions containing a Section 97.3(a)(47) message from the Section 97.105 control operator (first party) of a Section 97.5 amateur station directed to another amateur station control operator (second party) on behalf of another person (third party).
Use that call sign – Causing
or allowing an amateur station to transmit its Section 97.119 station identification
Volunteer exams, VEs, and VECs
- Refers to a Section 97.501 amateur operator license examination prepared and administered by Section 97.509 volunteer examiners (VEs) at a session coordinated and processed by a Section 97.521 volunteer-examiner coordinator (VEC).
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March 2, 2017
Supersedes all prior editions