Just getting started in GMRS. Trying to figure out proper etiquette for callsign use. Based on this, it is my interpretation that, I can turn my radio on and use a frequency on an outing, say taking a hike at the park, and when I am done use my callsign and turn it off. Or if for some strange reason I am talking for more than 15 minutes (not likely) I would need to use my callsign. Is this correct.
Also this is the bare minimum, what is normally done? What I have been doing is getting on, broadcasting my callsign and asking if anyone else is on the frequency (so far nobody) and then using it until I am done, then broadcasting mt callsign and saying I am going off the air.
§95.119 Station identification.
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (e), every GMRS station must transmit a station identification:
(1) Following the transmission of communications or a series of communications; and
(2) Every 15 minutes during a long transmission.
( The station identification is the call sign assigned to the GMRS station or system.
© A unit number may be included after the call sign in the identification.
(d) The station identification must be transmitted in:
(1) Voice in the English language; or
(2) International Morse code telegraphy.
(e) A station need not identify its transmissions if it automatically retransmits communications from another station which are properly identified.
[48 FR 35237, Aug. 3, 1983, as amended at 63 FR 68975, Dec. 14, 1998]