Making a false distress call (mayday, SOS, etc.) in the United States
is a federal offense, carrying a sentence of up to six years of prison and/or a fine
of up to $250,000. The accused may also be required to make restitution to the US Coast
Guard and other agencies that incurred expenses during search and rescue operations.
§ 97.113(b) :
Amber Alerts over amateur radio not allowed if other broadcast means are available.
Georgia code on hands-free devices
(40-6-241, ham radio section highlighted)
When you submit a list of call signs to the FCC to apply for a vanity call sign, the
FCC (877-480-3201) will make their selection in this fashion:
The FCC will consider a person's list of requested vanity call signs in the order listed on the 25-entry form (the person will be granted entry #1 if everything qualifies, or consider #2 if something disqualifies it.)
If more than one person requests a particular vanity call sign, the person who requested it first (by date; time-of-day is disregarded) will be considered first.
If more than one person requests a particular vanity call sign on the same date, all qualified applicants will be considered, and the selection is made at random.
Even though communicating with an unlicensed person on an amateur frequency is technically
not legal, it is not only permitted, but good, to communicate with the person just long
enough to inform the person of the error, how to remedy the error (get off the air and
get licensed), and to invite the person to a club meeting, etc. — Steve Ewald,
WV1X, ARRL Field and Regulatory Correspondent (860-594-0265), 13 Nov 2017
You can obtain the call sign of a
close relative immediately
FCC rules on the same
The FCC requires all equipment capable of RF radiation to be certified
if it is for sale :
FCC equipment authorization
Baofengs ok for amateur use
even though they support FRS/GMRS (email from Scot Stone
of the FCC to Noji Ratzlaff, 02-20-2018)