You're right, this is pretty ambiguous.I never thought of that- the FCC is very clear that it only needs to be a mailing address. Great idea.
§ 97.23 Mailing address.
Each license grant must show the grantee’s correct name and mailing address. The mailing address must be in an area where the amateur service is regulated by the FCC and where the grantee can receive mail delivery by the United States Postal Service. Revocation of the station license or suspension of the operator license may result when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the grantee failed to provide the correct mailing address.
As referenced above, all you need now is a way for the FCC to contact you. I don't know when the change took place (but someone here will!), but you used to have to provide the address of your primary station. That is why you used to have to use the /M if you were mobile or /P if you were operating portable from another location or using the "/" and the call district if it was other than your own. Many of these operating qualifiers still exist today even though they are no longer legally required.I don't know if it's still true, but you used to have to also provide the physical address of the operators primary xmtr location (e.g. street address).
Where? The ULS database shows the address you provided to them on your application.I think that if you dig a little deeper into the FCC license data for a specific callsign, you can still find the actual address of the licensee, even if that info is not normally "posted."
Im with this fellow. As long as your not a jackass giving people a reason to want to find you, then no one will want to find you. Im sure just doing various searches on your user name here a person could find out where you live.What does it matter? If your not a jackass and pissing people off who cares? There is so many ways to get a persons address these days. Give me a scrap of a persons info and i can find them. If i get your callsign and look it up and get even your city and full name i can still track down your street address through public records.
Have you bought a home? Then titled property search can find your name and what the address is of that property in a certain town.
Do you have a landline based phone? Then a reverse lookup will find the info as the phone company still reports the street address the line is assigned to. An unlisted number?? No problem, pay $5 to an online records search and get the info anyway. (this one i know works, long story)
I have callsign plates, my street address is listed on QRZ and ULS, and if you dig a little more you can get my email address easy enough.
Paranoid? If your trying to hide who you are and where you live then you only have a reason for it. I have no reason to hide.
And if someone tries to use the info to find me for illegal means i'm armed and ready to defend my property and family. Hot lead takes care of the rest.
Yeah exactly... Behave yourself and you won't have a reason to hide right?Oh, and when I work someone on the air, I NEVER give out my real name. Heck, how do you know that I'm giving out my real callsign? LOL
Talk about being paranoid, geeze.