[amsat-bb] Re: "Mobile" Operation

Nigel Gunn G8IFF/W8IFF nigel at ngunn.net
Tue Mar 17 10:07:12 PDT 2009

Here's the relevent bits from the UK (and hence CEPT) license.
As the FCC doesn't define mobile then it's up to you what you do on their teritory.


1(10) "Station" means the station of the Licensee at the Main Station Address, a Temporary Location or while Mobile or 
Maritime Mobile, as the case may be.

1(11) Subject to clause 11, the Licensee shall operate the Station only:

     (a) at the Main Station Address ("Main Station Address" means the main station address of the Licensee set forth in 
the Validation Document);
     (b) at a Temporary Location ("Temporary Location" means a location, other than the Main Station Address,  and in a 
fixed position);
     (c) while Mobile ("Mobile" means located in any vehicle, as a pedestrian or on any Vessel in Inland Waters); or
     (d) while Maritime Mobile ("Maritime Mobile" means located on any Vessel At Sea).

7(3) At a Temporary Location, the Licensee shall:

     (a) use the suffix "/P" with his call sign and give the location of the Station every 30 minutes to an accuracy of 
at least 5km by a generally used identifier.

7(4) When Mobile, the Licensee shall use the suffix "/M" and when Maritime Mobile, the suffix "/MM".

David - KG4ZLB wrote:
> I have always taken the stance that if you are operating in a vehicle 
> (moving or not), you are "mobile", if you are on foot, then "portable".
> I am sure that someone will question the meaning of the word "mobile". 
> My view is that it is short for "auto-mobile", not "mobile" by walking 
> around some place!
> Just my half a euro's worth!
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