Forgot Password? The FCC offers amateur licensees the opportunity to request a specific call sign for a primary station and for a club station. A call sign is selected by the FCC from a list of call signs requested by the licensee or license trustee. Military recreation stations are not eligible for a vanity call sign. A Vanity call sign is a special Amateur Radio call sign specifically chosen by a person or club who is currently an Amateur Radio licensee similar in purpose to Vanity license plates on cars. Vanity call signs usually include alphabetical characters of personal significance e.
Forgot Password? Interpret or apply 48 Stat. The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:. The amateur service, the amateur-satellite service and the radio amateur civil emergency service. A radiocommunication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest. A station in an amateur radio service consisting of the apparatus necessary for carrying on radiocommunications.
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Licenses to operate amateur stations for personal use are granted to individuals of any age once they demonstrate an understanding of both pertinent FCC regulations and knowledge of radio station operation and safety considerations. Applicants as young as five years old have passed examinations and were granted licenses. Operator licenses are divided into different classes, each of which corresponds to an increasing degree of knowledge and corresponding privileges. Over the years, the details of the classes have changed significantly, leading to the current system of three open classes and three grandfathered but closed to new applicants classes.