My question centers on the Amateur Radio station KJ4BSL, which is issued to 278 ACR RTS HHT, to the attention of Dooley H Buckner SFC. This license includes no operator privileges and the station privileges of MILITARY REC.
§97.5 Station license grant required.
(a) The station apparatus must be under the physical control of a person named in an amateur station license grant on the ULS consolidated license database or a person authorized for alien reciprocal operation by §97.107 of this part, before the station may transmit on any amateur service frequency from any place that is:
(1)Within 50 km of the Earth's surface and at a place where the amateur service is regulated by the FCC;
(b) The types of station license grants are:
(3) A military recreation station license grant. A military recreation station license grant may be held only by the person who is the license custodian designated by the official in charge of the United States military recreational premises where the station is situated. The person must not be a representative of a foreign government. The person need not hold an amateur operator license grant.
(c) The person named in the station license grant or who is authorized for alien reciprocal operation by §97.107 of this Part may use, in accordance with the applicable rules of this Part, the transmitting apparatus under the physical control of the person at places where the amateur service is regulated by the FCC.
The very next section is §97.7, which states that each amateur station must have a control operator.
§97.7 Control operator required
When transmitting, each amateur station must have a control operator. The control operator must be a person:
(a) For whom an amateur operator/primary station license grant appears on the ULS consolidated licensee database
I could be completely wrong with my interpretation of the rules, but I think I’m right on this one. I am looking at it a couple of ways, and I can see where I think he has misinterpreted the rules. I think the easiest way to figure this out would be to ask, what are the operator privileges granted to the Amateur Radio station KJ4BSL. The answer is that operator privileges are not granted to stations, they are granted to operators, and no such privileges have been granted to Mr. Buckner yet.
Since it is against the rules to contact stations operating illegally, I think I’ll avoid KJ4BSL until I find that Mr. Buckner gets an Amateur Radio license or someone explains that my interpretation of the rules are incorrect.