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#1 cpoole898

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 05:20 PM

i have had my license for a few weeks now and have joined a private group. my question is how would my brother identify himself under my license if im using it as well on another radio when we are not around each other? ie in an area with none or poor cell reception.



#2 BoxCar

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 05:35 PM

i have had my license for a few weeks now and have joined a private group. my question is how would my brother identify himself under my license if im using it as well on another radio when we are not around each other? ie in an area with none or poor cell reception.

The easiest way is for him to id as WRDV917 Unit X or what ever letter/number you tell him to use. You would be WRDV 917 or WRDV917 Actual if you are talking to another family member who is a unit.


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#3 cpoole898

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 05:39 PM

thanks for the info. wasnt sure how that would work. i will have him identify as a unit number when he is trying to communicate with me.



#4 berkinet

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 09:29 PM

Legally? All any user of your license is required to do is to identify as WRDV917. Whether you are nearby or in the other side of the country or with or without cell coverage is not relevant.

As @BoxCar suggested, you can add additional identification information, like unit number x or mobile x, or base, your name, or whatever you wish. But, that information is not required and actually has no official significance.

Look at it this way. The FCC only wants to know what license a given station is operating under. In other words, your call sign. Any other identification is for your own purposes.

However, the group you joined may have their own internal rules or standards and while not legally binding, might cause you problems with the group. You might want to ask someone if they have a set standard.
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#5 cpoole898

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 07:34 AM

thanks for all the info. the group i joined had to issue another radio id for him to use. just wanted to be on the safe side when using radios for communications. everything is done different on gmrs than public safety which is what im more used to using


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#6 RCM

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 09:43 PM

Legally? All any user of your license is required to do is to identify as WRDV917. Whether you are nearby or in the other side of the country or with or without cell coverage is not relevant.

As @BoxCar suggested, you can add additional identification information, like unit number x or mobile x, or base, your name, or whatever you wish. But, that information is not required and actually has no official significance.

Look at it this way. The FCC only wants to know what license a given station is operating under. In other words, your call sign. Any other identification is for your own purposes.

However, the group you joined may have their own internal rules or standards and while not legally binding, might cause you problems with the group. You might want to ask someone if they have a set standard.

Exactly right. In fact you could be talking to your brother on the radio and both use just your callsign, nothing more. Perfectly legal.






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