I wanted to let everyone know that when you disclose your HAM call sign, you can search the internet and you can get all kinds of personal info on that person including street address. With a street address any internet savvy person can then get phone numbers and even driving directions to your house. Since you don’t have to be a registered user to access the HAM radio area of this forum, anyone with an internet connection can get your information.
I know we all want to talk to each other and we’re a very open community here at two-way-radio but I wanted to just point out that a simple call sign disclosure can have some people with ill-intent knowing more about you than you want them to know.
Some people post that they may be going on vacation or what their work schedules are as well. I typically post that I will be home watching the movie Rambo and cleaning my guns. Never had anybody stop by for a visit.
I guess in an effort to preserve privacy, one thing I’ve noticed is that a LOT of people don’t tell the FCC their new address when they move - a violation of FCC rules. This becomes obvious when you check a call sign on a 2-call you’ve talked to on the local repeaters for several years, and their information lists them as still being in New York…
Suffice it to say that your local repeater that you say your call sign into isn’t nearly as accessible to as many people and readily available as when you post your call sign on here. Google is a powerful girl, far reaching.
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