The normatively defined term is “IDENTIFICATION MARK”. Other terms with a similar or analogous meaning are found in radio amateur circles:
- initial – permanent identification mark;
- call sign(s) – identification sign when working with a radio station;
- call sign – identification sign when working with a radio station.
The prefixes and suffixes of the Bulgarian radio amateur identification signs (initials, callsigns) are regulated in the “Rules”.
The conditions and procedure for providing for use the types of identification signs are specified in the same “Rules”.
KRS provides for use identification signs as follows:
- personal identification marks of radio amateurs/radio clubs;
- temporary identification marks of radio amateurs/radio clubs;
- identification marks of amateur repeaters and radio beacons;
- identification marks of amateur radio transmitters used for the sport of radio detection;
- personal listening cues.
The Commission provides an identification mark for use to the first applicant who has submitted a written request.
An individual or radio club may have only one permanent identification mark.
Within 30 days of the successful passing of the exam for the acquisition of legal capacity of a radio amateur, the commission issues a permit for the acquisition of legal capacity of the radio amateur.
In the case of a stated wish by the radio amateur, the commission provides him with an identification mark for use by letter.
The Commission, by letter, provides radio club identification marks for use.
An identification mark of a radio club can be provided for the use of any legal entity or natural person – a sole trader, which meets the following conditions:
- an application and accompanying documents have been submitted according to Art. 19;
- designated a person in charge of the radio club who must be a person over 18 years of age and in possession of a class 1 radio amateur licence.
KRS provides temporary identification signs for use by radio amateurs by letter.
A temporary ham/radio club identification badge may be issued for use by any legal entity, individual or sole trader that has submitted a written request for a temporary identification badge and complies with the “Rules”.
The written request for a temporary identification mark should contain the identification data of the applicant and the desired period of use of the temporary identification mark.
Within one calendar year (considered from 01.01 to 31.12), the commission provides a temporary identification mark for the period specified in the request, but for no more than 12 months.
The written request for the provision of a temporary identification sign shall be submitted to the commission no earlier than one month before the start of the calendar year in which it will be provided for use.