Use this checklist
to review your Section 97.103 station licensee duties before causing or allowing your station to transmit from places where our amateur service is regulated by the United States Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). The station
licensee is the person shown on the ULS as holding the grant for a Section 97.5(b)(1) primary station, as being the license trustee of a Section 97.5(b)(2) club station, or as being the license custodian for a Section 97.5(b)(3) military recreation station. An amateur station license grant carries no operating privileges.
□ Make certain that your station license grant as shown on the FCC ULS consolidated license database has your correct name and Section 97.23 mailing address where you can receive mail delivery by the United States Postal Service. This does not apply to Section 97.5(c) and (d) stations transmitting under Section 97.107 alien reciprocal privileges. For more information (“FMI”): Reciprocal Operation in Places Where the FCC Regulates
Our Amateur Service BE Informed No. 1.8.0.
□ Maintain a Section 97.5(a) physical control of your station. You do not have to own the station apparatus, but at all times you must supervise access
to, and the use of, your station apparatus. FMI: What Is An Amateur Station? BE Informed No.1.15
□ Provide at least one Section 97.109(a) control point for your station.
Designate your Section 97.103(b) station control operator. The FCC will presume that you are your station’s control operator, unless there is documentation
to the contrary in your station records. If it isn’t in the record, it didn’t happen.
□ Make certain that your station transmits only in compliance with FCC rules. Configure and operate your station depending upon your interests, your resources, your ingenuity and your good judgment.
Your station may transmit from multiple locations simultaneously. The FCC does not pre-approve systems in the amateur services.
□ Provide the means for your
station to transmit its Section 97.119 and Section 97.115(c) and (d) station identification announcements properly. FMI: About That Station ID BE Informed No. 4.2.
□ Select your
station location(s). Section 97.5(a). It is authorized to transmit from practically any place where the FCC regulates our amateur service. You do not have to own or lease the property where your station is located.
Do not locate your station within one mile of an FCC monitoring facility. Section 97.13(b). FMI: Amateur Station Antenna Structures BE Informed No. 1.2 and Quiet Zones Directory BE Informed No. 1.3.
In ITU Region 2,
the FCC regulates our amateur services within the territorial limits of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Caribbean
Insular areas [Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands (50 islets and cays) and Navassa Island], and Johnston
Island (Islets East, Johnston, North and Sand) and Midway Island (Islets Eastern and Sand) in the Pacific Insular areas. In
ITU Region 3, the FCC regulates within the Pacific Insular territorial limits of American Samoa, Baker Island, Commonwealth
of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, Palmyra Island and Wake Island.
Your station may operate in ITU Regions 1, 2 and 3 on or over the high seas in areas where the service is not regulated by
a foreign government or by an agency of the U.S. Government other than the FCC. See Appendix 1 to Part 97.
Notify the FAA and register with the FCC when your station antenna structure is located near a heliport or public-use airport
or exceeds 200 feet above ground level at its site. Follow the notification and registration procedures specified in Part 17.
Section 17.7(b) describes an imaginary surface above which notification and registration are required. It extends outward and upward
at one of the following slopes: For a heliport, the slope is 25:1 for a horizontal distance of 5,000 feet from the nearest
landing and takeoff area. For a small airport (longest runway length no more than 3,200 feet), the slope is 50 to 1
for a horizontal distance of 10,000 feet from the nearest point on the nearest runway. For a large airport (any runway
length more than 3,200 feet), the slope is 100 to 1 for a horizontal distance of 20,000 feet from the nearest point on the
Know where our quiet zones are located and avoid transmissions being made by your amateur station from within those zones
where the rules indicate they could have a possible impact on the operations of radio astronomy or other facilities that are
highly sensitive to interference. FMI: Quiet Zones Directory BE Informed No. 1.3.
□ Provide a Section 97.213 radio or wire line control link from its control point to your station when it is being remotely controlled. Incorporate
Section 97.213(b) provisions to limit transmissions to three minutes should your control link fail. Post at your station a ULS reference copy of your station license document and a label with information on how you and your Section 97.103(b) station control operator can be reached. Section 97.213(d). FMI: Is My Remote Base OK? BE Informed No. 8.2
□ Whenever your station is
configured for being Section 97.109(c) remotely controlled, protect its control link from being misused for making unauthorized transmissions. Section 97.213(c).
□ Make certain that your
station’s transmissions are compliant with the Part 97 Subpart D technical standards for authorized frequency bands, frequency sharing, authorized emission types, emissions, RTTY and data emission codes, SS emission types, and transmitter power. FMI: How Steady Must My Transmitter Be? BE Informed No. 1.18
□ Determine the PEP input to
your station antenna for each frequency band where your station will transmit. Where the PEP exceeds that listed in Section 97.13(c)(1), reduce it suitably or perform the routine RF environmental evaluation prescribed by Section 1.1307(b). Take action to prevent the radiated fields created by your station from exceeding the limits for exposure to humans.
FMI: Radiofrequency Radiation Safety Be Informed No. 1.1.
□ Obtain Section 97.11(a) approval from the master of the ship or pilot in command of the aircraft on which you intend to install your station.
Make certain that that your station complies with the Section 97.11(b) interference requirements in and the Section 97.11(c) hazard provisions. FMI: Hams at Sea BE Informed No. 1.6.
your station’s records. Include a ULS reference copy of your station license document, your Section 97.103(b) station control operator designation records, your Section 97.13 RF environmental determinations and evaluations, such records as may be required by a FCC representative, instructions from
the FCC and other documents relating to your station’s transmissions.
□ Make your station and its Section 97.103(c) records available for inspection by a FCC representative.
□ Keep in your vehicle your FCC Minimal Amateur
Radio Emergency Go-Kit and other items you may need, ready to be deployed somewhere on short notice, presumably to be
utilized as a part of a disaster scene emergency intercommunications network. FMI: Providing Emergency Communications
(“EmComm”) BE Informed No. 7.0.
Section 97.303(h)(1) says that in the 60 m band, amateur operators shall ensure that their (sic) emissions do not occupy more than
2.8 kHz centered on each center frequency. Section 97.103(a), however, says the station licensee is the person responsible for the proper operation of the station in accordance
with the rules. Therein, Section 97.307(a) says:
amateur station transmission shall occupy more bandwidth than necessary for the information rate and emission type being transmitted,
in accordance with good amateur practice.
(b) Emissions resulting from modulation must be confined to the band or segment available to
the control operator. Emissions outside the necessary bandwidth must not cause splatter or keyclick interference to operations
on adjacent frequencies.
(c) All spurious emissions from a station transmitter must be reduced to the greatest extent practicable. If any spurious
emission, including chassis or power line radiation, causes harmful interference to the reception of another radio station,
the licensee of the interfering amateur station is required to take steps to eliminate the interference, in accordance with
good engineering practice.
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For your Section 97.105 control operator duties, read W3BE CHECKLISTS For Domestic and Foreign Amateur Service Licensees In Places Where the U.S. FCC Is Our Regulator BE Informed No. 1.0.
For Q/A on reciprocal operating
Operation in Places Where the FCC Regulates Our Amateur Service BE Informed No. 1.8.0;
Reciprocal Privileges For
Canadian Citizens In Places Where the FCC Regulates Our Amateur Service BE Informed No. 1.8.1;
Identification Announcements by Reciprocal-Privileged Stations in Places Where the FCC Regulates Our Amateur Service BE
Informed No. 1.8.2;
More Q/A About Reciprocal
Privileges In Places Where the FCC Regulates Our Amateur Service BE Informed No. 1.8.3; and
These Are Dangerous
Times: Hear Something - Say Something BE Informed No. 1.8.4.
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Get Your Own HAM CALL SIGN!
The quickest, easiest, and inexpensive way is to memorize the questions
and answers in BE Informed No. 2.9.1 W3BE's NOTES - Get Your Call Sign.
Take/retake the free on-line practice examinations until you pass consistently. Then visit a VE session for a license examination.
the Rules - Heed the Rules!
Our ham radio is an internationally recognized hobby. It is comprised of millions of amateur
operators worldwide who must know how to cause or allow their amateur stations to transmit properly. We utilize electromagnetic
radiation technology that knows no political borders. We are, consequently, subject to wide ranging domestic and international
regulation. A working knowledge of the relevant rules is essential to not endangering ourselves, our families, or our neighbors;
and to not disrupting other radio communications.
What are the penalties for violating the rules?
(a) If the FCC finds that you have willfully
or repeatedly violated the Communications Act or the FCC Rules, you may have to pay as much as $10,000 for each violation, up to a total of $75,000. (See Section 503(b) of the Communications
(b) If the FCC finds that you have violated any section of the Communications Act or the FCC Rules, you may be ordered to
stop whatever action caused the violation. (See Section 312(b) of the Communications Act.)
(c) If a Federal court finds that you have
willfully and knowingly violated any FCC Rule, you may be fined up to $500 for each day you committed the violation. (See
Section 502 of the Communications Act.)
(d) If a Federal court finds that you have willfully and knowingly violated any provision of
the Communications Act, you may be fined up to $10,000, or you may be imprisoned for one year, or both. (See Section 501 of
the Communications Act.)
[48 FR 24890, June 3, 1983, as amended at 57 FR 40343, Sept. 3, 1992]
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