FCC 2.303 Revised as of October 1, 2014
Goto Year:2013 |
§ 2.303 Other forms of identification of stations.
(a) The following table indicates forms of identification which may be
used in lieu of call signs by the specified classes of stations. Such
recognized means of identification may be one or more of the following:
name of station, location of station, operating agency, official
registration mark, flight identification number, selective call number
or signal, selective call identification number or signal,
characteristic signal, characteristic of emission or other clearly
distinguishing form of identification readily recognized
internationally. Reference should be made to the appropriate part of
the rules for complete information on identification procedures for
Class of station Identification, other than assigned call sign
Aircraft (U.S. registry) telephone Registration number preceded by the
type of the aircraft, or the radiotelephony designator of the aircraft
operating agency followed by the flight identification number.
Aircraft (foreign registry) telephone Foreign registry identification
consisting of five characters. This may be preceded by the
radiotelephony designator of the aircraft operating agency or it may be
preceded by the type of the aircraft.
Aeronautical Name of the city, area, or airdrome served together with
such additional identification as may be required.
Aircraft survival craft Appropriate reference to parent aircraft, e.g.,
the air carrier parent aircraft flight number or identification, the
aircraft registration number, the name of the aircraft manufacturer,
the name of the aircraft owner, or any other pertinent information.
Ship telegraph When an official call sign is not yet assigned: Complete
name of the ship and name of licensee. On 156.65 MHz: Name of ship.
Digital selective call.
Ship telegraph Digital selective call.
Public coast (radiotelephone) and Limited Coast (Radiotelephone) The
approximate geographic location in a format approved by the Commission.
Coast station identification number.
Public coast (radiotelegraph) Coast station identification number.
Fixed Geographic location. When an approved method of superimposed
identification is used, QTT DE (abbreviated name of company or
Fixed: Rural subscriber service Assigned telephone number.
Land mobile: Public safety, forestry conservation, highway maintenance,
local government, shipyard, land transportation, and aviation services
Name of station licensee (in abbreviated form if practicable), or
location of station, or name of city, area, or facility served.
Individual stations may be identified by additional digits following
the more general identification.
Land mobile: Industrial service Mobile unit cochannel with its base
station: Unit identifier on file in the base station records. Mobile
unit not cochannel with its base station: Unit identifier on file in
the base station records and the assigned call sign of either the
mobile or base station. Temporary base station: Unit designator in
addition to base station identification.
Land mobile: Domestic public and rural radio Special mobile unit
designation assigned by licensee or by assigned telephone number.
Land mobile: Railroad radio service Name of railroad, train number,
caboose number, engine number, or name of fixed wayside station or such
other number or name as may be specified for use of railroad employees
to identify a specific fixed point or mobile unit. A railroad's
abbreviated name or initial letters may be used where such are in
general usage. Unit designators may be used in addition to the station
identification to identify an individual unit or transmitter of a base
Land mobile: Broadcasting (remote pickup) Identification of associated
Broadcasting (Emergency Broadcast System) State and operational area
Broadcasting (aural STL and intercity relay) Call sign of the
broadcasting station with which it is associated.
Broadcasting (television auxiliary) Call sign of the TV broadcasting
station with which it is licensed as an auxiliary, or call sign of the
TV broadcasting station whose signals are being relayed, or by network
Broadcasting (television booster). Retransmission of the call sign of
the primary station.
Disaster station By radiotelephony: Name, location, or other
designation of station when same as that of an associated station in
some other service. Two or more separate units of a station operated at
different locations are separately identified by the addition of a unit
name, number, or other designation at the end of its authorized means
(b) Digital selective calls will be authorized by the Commission and
will be formed by groups of numbers (0 through 9), however, the first
digit must be other than 0, as follows:
(1) Coast station identification number: 4 digits.
(2) Ship station selective call number: 5 digits.
(3) Predetermined group of ship stations: 5 digits.
(c) Ship stations operating under a temporary operating authority shall
identify by a call sign consisting of the letter "K" followed by the
vessel's Federal or State registration number, or a call sign
consisting of the letters "KUS" followed by the vessel's documentation
number. However, if the vessel has no registration number or
documentation number, the call sign shall consist of the name of the
vessel and the name of the licensee as they appear on the station
[ 28 FR 12465 , Nov. 22, 1963, as amended at 40 FR 57675 , Dec. 11, 1975;
41 FR 44042 , Oct. 6, 1976; 42 FR 31008 , June 17, 1977; 44 FR 62284 ,
Oct. 30, 1979]
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