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N5VA Control Operator Qualification

From: Dick Powell AD5CS / N5VA Trustee January 6, 2106

To: General Public Distribution as needed.

Subject: N5VA Control Operator Qualification

The Albuquerque VA Ham radio station, call sign N5VA, is a club station sponsored by the Albuquerque Amateur Radio Club (AARC) in Albuquerque, NM and operates under FCC Part 97 rules and regulations. See FCC Amateur Station Regulations - CFR Title 47 Part 97: Telecommunication—AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE

  • §97.5 (b)(2) A club station license grant. A club station license grant may be held only by the person who is the license trustee designated by an officer of the club. The trustee must be a person who holds an operator/primary station license grant. The club must be composed of at least four persons and must have a name, a document of organization, management, and a primary purpose devoted to amateur service activities consistent with this part.
  • §97.5 (a) Station license required. 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
  • §97.103   Station licensee responsibilities.
    • (a) The station licensee is responsible for the proper operation of the station in accordance with the FCC Rules. When the control operator is a different amateur operator than the station licensee, both persons are equally responsible for proper operation of the station.
    • (b) The station licensee must designate the station control operator. The FCC will presume that the station licensee is also the control operator, unless documentation to the contrary is in the station records.
    • (c) The station licensee must make the station and the station records available for inspection upon request by an FCC representative.

N5VA's Station licensee. Trustee, and primary Control Operator is responsible for the for all station operations but is permitted to assign alternate Control Operators at the station with proper documentation.

N5VA alternate Control Operators need to have station resource knowledge and operational skills demonstrated to the current Trustee so he is confident that N5VA will not be cited due to poor station operation.

N5VA Control Operator Training items are listed below in the Control Operator Notebook section and should be completed by the Alternate Control Operator and signed by the Trustee or his designated representative and placed in the N5VA documentation file for future reference.

Control Operator Notebook

(Please make up a note book for your future reference using a computer word document file that can be transmitted to the N5VA Trustee during your CO training and can be stored or reproduced for N5VA station file at the completion of your Training period. All N5VA Control Operators should have and know how to operate a computer). N5VA Trustee's email

A – Personal Data

  • 1. Personal Station and operator License data as listed on the FCC database, Where did you get this data from??
  • 2. Provide your full home and work contact information ie email and phone numbers.
  • 3. Provide a short 1 paragraph of your schooling, work, technical and radio operating experience .
  • 4. Provide a sheet with highlighted List of the Amateur radio Frequencies and modes you can use. Where did you get the data from??
  • 5. When operating away from your primary station location what call sign should you use?? Where did you get the answer from?? (Hint: See FCC Part 97 Have you studied FCC part 97, if not please do so).

B – N5VA Station Logistics

  • 1. Describe to a stranger how to get to the N5VA station location in Albuquerque and how can he access the station. Where is this documented??
  • 2. Describe where the N5VA station door keys are located and how to check them out and where they are returned after assessing the N5VA Station. Who can check the keys out and where is this documented??
  • 3. Describe what is to be turned off in the station before locking up.
  • 4. Describe how to look up license data of an Amateur call, both US and Foreign.

C – N5VA Antennas

The most important part of a Ham Radio Station is the antenna, without a good Radio Antenna your signal is going no place. See

Please read all sections of the Safety link above and note in your CO training file data. Does N5VA meet all the requirements??

  • 1. RF Antennas can be grouped into types by the design and use. Provide a description and typical use of each type listed below.
    • 1. Dipole or parallel dipole.
    • 2. Trapped Dipole
    • 3. Folded Dipole
    • 4. J Pole
    • 5. Beam or Yagi.
    • 6. Vertical.
  • 2. List all antennas in use at N5VA, usable frequency ranges, and locations.
  • 3. How do you determine the usable frequency range of RF antennas?? Is this data posted at N5VA??
  • 4. N5VA has a HF and a VHF/UHF antenna patch panel. Where are they located.
  • 5. What is a antenna patch panel and how are they used at N5VA. What state should they be in when closing station down??
  • 6. What is the feed line connecting each antenna to the N5VA radio systems??. How many watts are lost in the feed lines to each antenna?? What is SWR?? How does impedance matching effect the Radio system. See: Antenna Feed Lines

D – N5VA Radio Systems


  • 1. List the radio systems available in the N5VA shack. List the modes of use, modulation types, individual equipment items, and function of each item used to make up the system.
  • 2. List all items used in each of the above N5VA radio systems and Draw a one line diagram showing the layout and describe what interconnections are between the equipment items. List the signals carried on each interconnection.

E – N5VA Radio System Operation


  • 1. Bring up the web links above and study the information presented including the major links.. Make a summary entry in your CO Training log about the data available at each site,
  • 2. N5VA keeps a Station Operations log book that the CO should log Station operations in each day they are the N5VA CO. The log book should summarize that days station operations, callsigns of all Ham operators that used any Station radio using N5VA or their personal callsigns. All logbook entries need the real time for that operation as the 1st entry. Each radio operated will have a separate logging sheet filled out by each radio operator for each contact they made that day. The CO needs to file that days contact sheets in the Station file cabinet for future reference. All contacts using the N5VA call will be logged on the n3fjp computer logging software so that LoTW report can be filed with the ARRL web site. N5VA uses n3fjp software to log all N5VA contacts. The logging software allows easy upload to the ARRL LoTW or EQSL data bases.
  • 3. Setup and demonstrate how to make and log a FM Voice, HF voice, and digital PSK31 contact using the N5VA callsign. Describe the entries needed on the radio log sheet.
  • 4. Describe what software is available on the N5VA computers and the modes it is usable on.