• Effective immediately we will be deleting, without notice, any negative threads or posts that deal with the use of encryption and streaming of scanner audio.

    We've noticed a huge increase in rants and negative posts that revolve around agencies going to encryption due to the broadcasting of scanner audio on the internet. It's now worn out and continues to be the same recycled rants. These rants hijack the threads and derail the conversation. They no longer have a place anywhere on this forum other than in the designated threads in the Rants forum in the Tavern.

    If you violate these guidelines your post will be deleted without notice and an infraction will be issued. We are not against discussion of this issue. You just need to do it in the right place. For example:
    https://forums.radioreference.com/rants/224104-official-thread-live-audio-feeds-scanners-wait-encryption.html

FCC Callsign Question

Status
Not open for further replies.

N9JIG

Sheriff
Moderator
Joined
Dec 14, 2001
Messages
3,978
Location
Far NW Valley
I have noticed that the FCC only assigns W and K series callsigns to land mobile licenses and broadcast stations. Is there any reason why they do not use N and A series calls for these?

I know that the general rule for broadcast is that K is used west of the Mississippi and W east, but are there any such rules or guidelines for land mobile?
 

SkipSanders

Silent Key
Joined
Dec 19, 2002
Messages
1,058
It's all up to the FCC and the NTIA what callsigns among those allocated to the USA get used for what.

Aircraft, for instance, generally use the tail number of the aircraft as a callsign (It starts with N)

Most commonly, N and A callsigns are used for amateur stations, navy stations (N), and Army stations (A)

There is no legal reason the FCC couldn't assign NAAD-395 to a land mobile user, it's just a question of what series they choose to use.

TITLE 47--TELECOMMUNICATION

CHAPTER I--FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

PART 2_FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS AND RADIO TREATY MATTERS; GENERAL RULES AND

Subpart D_Call Signs and Other Forms of Identifying Radio Transmissions

Sec. 2.302 Call signs.

The table which follows indicates the composition and blocks of
international call signs available for assignment when such call signs
are required by the rules pertaining to particular classes of stations.
When stations operating in two or more classes are authorized to the
same licensee for the same location, the Commission may elect to assign
a separate call sign to each station in a different class. (In addition
to the U.S. call sign allocations listed below, call sign blocks AAA
through AEZ and ALA through ALZ have been assigned to the Department of
the Army; call sign block AFA through AKZ has been assigned to the
Department of the Air Force; and call sign block NAA through NZZ has
been assigned jointly to the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Coast.
Guard.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Class of station Composition of call sign Call sign blocks
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Coast (Class I) except for coast 3 letters............................. KAA through KZZ.
telephone in Alaska. WAA through WZZ.
Coast (Classes II and III) and 3 letters, 3 digits................... KAA200 through KZZ999.
maritime radio-determination. WAA200 through WZZ999.
Coast telephone in Alaska....... 3 letters, 2 digits...................
3 letters, 3 digits (for stations KAA20 through KZZ99.
assigned frequencies above 30 MHz). WAA20 through WZZ99.
WZZ200 through WZZ999.
Fixed........................... 3 letters, 2 digits................... KAA20 through KZZ99.
3 letters, 3 digits (for stations WAA20 through WZZ99.
assigned frequencies above 30 MHz). WAA200 through WZZ999.
Marine receiver test............ 3 letters, 3 digits (plus general KAA200 through KZZ999.
geographic location when required). WAA200 through WZZ999.

Ship telegraph.................. 4 letters \1\......................... KAAA through KZZZ, WAAA through WZZZ.
Ship telephone.................. 2 letters, 4 digits, or 3 letters, 4 digits \1\. WA2000 through WZ9999, through WZZ9999.
Ship telegraph plus telephone... 4 letters............................. KAAA through KZZZ, WAAA through WZZZ.
Ship radar...................... Same as ship telephone and/or WA2000 through WZ9999, through
telegraph call sign, or, if ship has WZZ9999.
no telephone or telegraph: 2 letters,
4 digits, or 3 letters, 4 digits.
Ship survival craft............. Call sign of the parent ship followed KAAA20 through KZZZ99.
by 2 digits. WAAA20 through WZZZ99.
Cable-repair ship marker buoy... Call sign of the parent ship followed
by the letters ``BT'' and the
identifying number of the buoy.
Marine utility.................. 2 letters, 4 digits................... KA2000 through KZ9999.
Shipyard mobile................. 2 letters, 4 digits................... KA2000 through KZ9999.
Aircraft telegraph.............. 5 letters............................. KAAAA through KZZZZ.
WAAAA through WZZZZ.
Aircraft telegraph and telephone 5 letters \2\......................... KAAAA through KZZZZ.
WAAAA through WZZZZ.
Aircraft telephone.............. 5 letters \2\ (whenever a call sign is KAAAA through KZZZZ.
assigned). WAAAA through WZZZZ.
Aircraft survival craft......... Whenever a call sign \2\ is assigned,
call sign of the parent aircraft
followed by a single digit other than
0 or 1.
Aeronautical.................... 3 letters, 1 digit \2\................ KAA2 through KZZ9.
WAA2 through WZZ9.
Land mobile (base).............. 3 letters, 3 digits................... KAA200 through KZZ999.
WAA200 through WZZ999
Land mobile (mobile telegraph).. 4 letters, 1 digit.................... KAAA2 through KZZZ9.
WAAA2 through WZZZ9.
Land mobile (mobile telephone).. 2 letters, 4 digits................... KA2000 through KZ9999.
WA2000 through WZ9999
Broadcasting (standard)......... 4 letters \3\ (plus location of KAAA through KZZZ.
station). WAAA through WZZZ.
Broadcasting (FM)............... 4 letters (plus location of station).. KAAA through KZZZ.
WAAA through WZZZ.
Broadcasting with suffix ``FM''. 6 letters \3\ (plus location of KAAA-FM through KZZZ--FM.
station). WAAA-FM through WZZZ-FM.
Broadcasting (television)....... 4 letters (plus location of station).. KAAA through KZZZ.
WAAA through WZZZ.
Broadcasting with suffix ``TV''. 6 letters \3\ (plus location of KAAA-TV through KZZZ-TV.
station). WAAA-TV through WZZ-TV.
Television broadcast translator. 1 letter--output channel number--2 K02AA through K83ZZ.
letters. W02AA through W83ZZ.
Disaster station, except U.S. 4 letters, 1 digit.................... KAAA2 through KZZZ9.
Government. WAAA2 through WZZZ9.
Experimental (letter ``X'' 2 letters, 1 digit, 3 letters......... KA2XAA through KZ9XZZ.
follows the digit). WA2XAA through WZ9XZZ.
Amateur (letter ``X'' may not 1 letter, 1 digit, 1 letter \4\....... K1A through K0Z.
follow digit). N1A through N0Z.
W1A through W0Z.
Amateur......................... 1 letter, 1 digit, 2 letters \4\...... K1AA through K0ZZ.
N1AA through N0ZZ.
W1AA through W0ZZ.
Do............................. 1 letter, 1 digit, 3 letters \4\...... K1AAA through K0ZZZ.
N1AAA through N0ZZZ.
W1AAA through W0ZZZ.
Do............................. 2 letters, 1 digit, 1 letter \4\...... AA1A through AI0Z.
KA1A through KZ0Z.
NA1A through NZ0Z.
WA1A through WZ0Z.
Do............................. 2 letters, 1 digit, 2 letters \4\..... AA1AA through AL0ZZ.
KA1AA through KZ0ZZ.
NA1AA through NZ0ZZ.
WA1AA through WZ0ZZ.
Amateur (letter ``X'' may not 2 letters, 1 digit, 3 letters \4\..... AA1AAA through AL0ZZZ.
follow digit). KA1AAA through KZ0ZZZ.
NA1AAA through NZ0ZZZ.
WA1AAA through WZ0ZZZ.
Standard frequency.............. ...................................... WWV, WWVB through WWVI, WWVL, WWVS.

[[Page 630]]


Personal radio.................. 3 letters, 4 digits, or 4 letters, 4 KAA0001 through KZZ9999,
digits.. WAA0001 through WPZ9999,
KAAA0001 through KZZZ9999.
Personal radio, temporary permit 3 letters, 5 digits................... KAA00000 through KZZ99999.
Personal radio in trust 1 letter, 4 digits.................... K0001 through K9999.
territories..
Business radio temporary permit. 2 letters, 7 digits................... WT plus local telephone number.
Part 90 temporary permit........ 2 letters, 7 digits................... WT plus local telephone number.
Part 90 conditional permit...... 2 letters, 7 digits................... WT plus local telephone number.
General Mobile Radio Service, 2 letters, 7 digits................... WT plus business or residence
temporary permit. telephone number.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Note: The symbol 0 indicates the digit zero.

\1\ Ships with transmitter-equipped survival craft shall be assigned four letter call signs.
\2\ See Sec. 2.303.
\3\ A 3 letter call sign now authorized for and in continuous use by a licensee of a standard broadcasting
station may continue to be used by that station. The same exception applies also to frequency modulation and
television broadcasting stations using 5 letter call signs consisting of 3 letters with the suffix ``FM'' or
``TV''.
\4\ Plus other identifying data as may be specified.


[34 FR 5104, Mar. 12, 1969; as amended at 54 50239, Dec. 5, 1989]

Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting Sec.
2.302, see the List of CFR Sections Affected in the Finding Aids section
of this volume and on GPO Access.
 
Last edited:
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top