HOBBY RADIO: When to say your call sign on the air
Each radio service has its own rules for legal IDs: Ham, GMRS and more
If you have a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission to transmit, you’re required to say your call sign at regular intervals. It doesn’t matter whether you are a ham radio operator, a broadcast station, a business user or even public safety.
A timer can help ensure you give your call sign at required times while operating on the air.
Giving your call sign on the air allows the regulatory agency to identify you, as well as assist others who hear you, especially in interference situations. It’s somewhat like being asked by a law enforcement officer to produce your driver’s license after being pulled over. It’s all about identity.
Let’s take a look at when and how you are required to give your call sign on the air, depending what type of license you are operating under.