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Title 47Chapter ISubchapter APart 2 → Subpart D


Title 47: Telecommunication
PART 2—FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS AND RADIO TREATY MATTERS; GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS


Subpart D—Call Signs and Other Forms of Identifying Radio Transmissions


Contents
§2.301   Station identification requirement.
§2.302   Call signs.
§2.303   Other forms of identification of stations.

Authority: Secs. 4, 5, 303, 48 Stat., as amended, 1066, 1068, 1082; 47 U.S.C. 154, 155, 303.

§2.301   Station identification requirement.

Each station using radio frequencies shall identify its transmissions according to the procedures prescribed by the rules governing the class of station to which it belongs with a view to the elimination of harmful interference and the general enforcement of applicable radio treaties, conventions, regulations, arrangements, and agreements in force, and the enforcement of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and the Commission's rules.

[34 FR 5104, Mar. 12, 1969]

§2.302   Call signs.

The table which follows indicates the composition and blocks of international call signs available for assignment when such call signs are required by the rules pertaining to particular classes of stations. When stations operating in two or more classes are authorized to the same licensee for the same location, the Commission may elect to assign a separate call sign to each station in a different class. (In addition to the U.S. call sign allocations listed below, call sign blocks AAA through AEZ and ALA through ALZ have been assigned to the Department of the Army; call sign block AFA through AKZ has been assigned to the Department of the Air Force; and call sign block NAA through NZZ has been assigned jointly to the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Coast. Guard.

Class of stationComposition of call signCall sign blocks
Coast (Class I) except for coast telephone in Alaska3 lettersKAA through KZZ.
WAA through WZZ.
Coast (Classes II and III) and maritime radio-determination3 letters, 3 digitsKAA200 through KZZ999.
WAA200 through WZZ999.
Coast telephone in Alaska3 letters, 2 digits
   3 letters, 3 digits (for stations assigned frequencies above 30 MHz)KAA20 through KZZ99.
WAA20 through WZZ99.
WZZ200 through WZZ999.
Fixed3 letters, 2 digits
3 letters, 3 digits (for stations assigned frequencies above 30 MHz)
KAA20 through KZZ99.
WAA20 through WZZ99.
WAA200 through WZZ999.
Marine receiver test3 letters, 3 digits (plus general geographic location when required)KAA200 through KZZ999.
WAA200 through WZZ999.
Ship telegraph4 letters1KAAA through KZZZ.
WAAA through WZZZ.
Ship telephone2 letters, 4 digits, or 3 letters, 4 digits1WA2000 through WZ9999, through WZZ9999.
Ship telegraph plus telephone4 lettersKAAA through KZZZ.
WAAA through WZZZ.
Ship radarSame as ship telephone and/or telegraph call sign, or, if ship has no telephone or telegraph: 2 letters, 4 digits, or 3 letters, 4 digitsWA2000 through WZ9999, through WZZ9999.
Ship survival craftCall sign of the parent ship followed by 2 digitsKAAA20 through KZZZ99.
WAAA20 through WZZZ99.
Cable-repair ship marker buoyCall sign of the parent ship followed by the letters “BT” and the identifying number of the buoy
Marine utility2 letters, 4 digitsKA2000 through KZ9999.
Shipyard mobile2 letters, 4 digitsKA2000 through KZ9999.
Aircraft telegraph5 lettersKAAAA through KZZZZ.
WAAAA through WZZZZ.
Aircraft telegraph and telephone5 letters2KAAAA through KZZZZ.
WAAAA through WZZZZ.
Aircraft telephone5 letters2 (whenever a call sign is assigned)KAAAA through KZZZZ.
WAAAA through WZZZZ.
Aircraft survival craftWhenever a call sign2 is assigned, call sign of the parent aircraft followed by a single digit other than 0 or 1
Aeronautical3 letters, 1 digit2KAA2 through KZZ9.
WAA2 through WZZ9.
Land mobile (base)3 letters, 3 digitsKAA200 through KZZ999.
WAA200 through WZZ999
Land mobile (mobile telegraph)4 letters, 1 digitKAAA2 through KZZZ9.
WAAA2 through WZZZ9.
Land mobile (mobile telephone)2 letters, 4 digitsKA2000 through KZ9999.
WA2000 through WZ9999
Broadcasting (standard)4 letters3 (plus location of station)KAAA through KZZZ.
WAAA through WZZZ.
Broadcasting (FM)4 letters (plus location of station)KAAA through KZZZ.
WAAA through WZZZ.
Broadcasting with suffix “FM”6 letters3 (plus location of station)KAAA-FM through KZZZ--FM.
WAAA-FM through WZZZ-FM.
Broadcasting (television)4 letters (plus location of station)KAAA through KZZZ.
WAAA through WZZZ.
Broadcasting with suffix “TV”6 letters3 (plus location of station)KAAA-TV through KZZZ-TV.
WAAA-TV through WZZ-TV.
Television broadcast translator1 letter—output channel number—2 lettersK02AA through K83ZZ.
W02AA through W83ZZ.
Disaster station, except U.S. Government4 letters, 1 digitKAAA2 through KZZZ9.
WAAA2 through WZZZ9.
Experimental (letter “X” follows the digit)2 letters, 1 digit, 3 lettersKA2XAA through KZ9XZZ.
WA2XAA through WZ9XZZ.
Amateur (letter “X” may not follow digit)1 letter, 1 digit, 1 letter4K1A through K0Z.
N1A through N0Z.
W1A through W0Z.
Amateur1 letter, 1 digit, 2 letters4K1AA through K0ZZ.
N1AA through N0ZZ.
W1AA through W0ZZ.
      Do1 letter, 1 digit, 3 letters4K1AAA through K0ZZZ.
N1AAA through N0ZZZ.
W1AAA through W0ZZZ.
      Do2 letters, 1 digit, 1 letter4AA1A through AI0Z.
KA1A through KZ0Z.
NA1A through NZ0Z.
WA1A through WZ0Z.
      Do2 letters, 1 digit, 2 letters4AA1AA through AL0ZZ.
KA1AA through KZ0ZZ.
NA1AA through NZ0ZZ.
WA1AA through WZ0ZZ.
Amateur (letter “X” may not follow digit)2 letters, 1 digit, 3 letters4AA1AAA through AL0ZZZ.
KA1AAA through KZ0ZZZ.
NA1AAA through NZ0ZZZ.
WA1AAA through WZ0ZZZ.
Standard frequencyWWV, WWVB through WWVI, WWVL, WWVS.
Personal radio3 letters, 4 digits, or 4 letters, 4 digits.KAA0001 through KZZ9999,
WAA0001 through WPZ9999,
KAAA0001 through KZZZ9999.
Personal radio, temporary permit3 letters, 5 digitsKAA00000 through KZZ99999.
Personal radio in trust territories.1 letter, 4 digitsK0001 through K9999.
Business radio temporary permit2 letters, 7 digitsWT plus local telephone number.
Part 90 temporary permit2 letters, 7 digitsWT plus local telephone number.
Part 90 conditional permit2 letters, 7 digitsWT plus local telephone number.
General Mobile Radio Service, temporary permit2 letters, 7 digitsWT plus business or residence telephone number.

Note: The symbol 0 indicates the digit zero.

1Ships with transmitter-equipped survival craft shall be assigned four letter call signs.

2See §2.303.

3A 3 letter call sign now authorized for and in continuous use by a licensee of a standard broadcasting station may continue to be used by that station. The same exception applies also to frequency modulation and television broadcasting stations using 5 letter call signs consisting of 3 letters with the suffix “FM” or “TV”.

4Plus other identifying data as may be specified.

[34 FR 5104, Mar. 12, 1969, as amended at 54 FR 50239, Dec. 5, 1989]

Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting §2.302, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the Finding Aids section of the printed volume and at www.govinfo.gov.

§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 each service.

Class of stationIdentification, other than assigned call sign
Aircraft (U.S. registry) telephoneRegistration 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) telephoneForeign 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.
AeronauticalName of the city, area, or airdrome served together with such additional identification as may be required.
Aircraft survival craftAppropriate 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 telegraphWhen 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 telegraphDigital 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.
FixedGeographic location. When an approved method of superimposed identification is used, QTT DE (abbreviated name of company or station).
Fixed: Rural subscriber serviceAssigned telephone number.
Land mobile: Public safety, forestry conservation, highway maintenance, local government, shipyard, land transportation, and aviation servicesName 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 serviceMobile 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 radioSpecial mobile unit designation assigned by licensee or by assigned telephone number.
Land mobile: Railroad radio serviceName 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 station.
Land mobile: Broadcasting (remote pickup)Identification of associated broadcasting station.
Broadcasting (Emergency Broadcast System)State and operational area identification.
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 identification.
Broadcasting (television booster).Retransmission of the call sign of the primary station.
Disaster stationBy 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 of identification.

(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 application form.

[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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