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"Third-Party" QSOs KC6NLX 3 weeks, 5 days ago
IANAL but... I'd say it doesn't matter *who* says it, but the station needs to identify. Your guest could say other-op-callsign this is my-callsign -- the same as you would normally do it. On the other hand, it's probably better if you, the control op, do it, because you're motivated and familiar with the procedure. I am not aware of any duty to announce who all the people are who are speaking! But it would be good procedure to note this in your log. You do keep a log, don't you? :)

There is some confusion about whether, when you say "this is AA6E", you are identifying yourself (the operator) or the station. Properly speaking the callsign goes with the station, not the operator. In the good old days you got separate operator and station licenses, with the callsign attached to the station license. Now, of course, the two licenses are merged into one.

73 Martin AA6E
ARRL QST Android app is Potentially Dangerous NS6Q on 10/7/16
The League uses the commercial service of for Digital QST. nxtbook's clients are asking for the privs, which is (unfortunately) a common practice in the industry.

73 Martin AA6E
Reverse Class D Exemption from Field Day AA1PR on 1/7/16
Class E running on a generator, batteries, or whatever is a good test of your actual emergency capability at home, in line with FD's purpose, I think. If you allowed full credit for class D, there's the potential that people would start treating FD as just another contest. (There's already too much of that, IMHO.)
RF Grounds, when a ground and when a Antenna? 1200bruce on 27/6/16
Any wire that carries RF current that is not balanced (with equal and opposite currents) or shielded is going to be part of your antenna system. It will radiate to some extent, causing interference in your shack and changing the antenna's radiation pattern. Shortening the ground connections helps, but the way to eliminate RF currents where they shouldn't be is to make sure your antenna is properly balanced -- so that no currents flow on the outside of your coax, and minimal currents flow in the ground system. (You might also use a current mode 1:1 "unun" in your coax run to stop currents outside the shield.) From the RF point of view, when the antenna is just right, there is no ground current -- and you don't need an RF ground at all. You still do need a good ground for AC and lightning protection.

73 Martin AA6E
Cell Phone Site and Repeater Site K7IHI on 25/6/16
One opinion FWIW: Technically possible, although some cell services are in the high UHF range, so I can't be 100% sure. Getting physical access to the tower or a support building might be very difficult however -- at a price you could afford. Risk for the tower operator, insurance issues, etc.

73 Martin AA6E

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