In advance of getting my remote station on the air, the following question comes to mind.
“Should I be using a suffix to indicate that I am operating through a remote station which is not at my home address. If so which suffix?”
Obviously we are no longer legally required to use any suffixes, but they can still be helpful for some people.
My logic is simple:-
If I simply used my callsign without a suffix & someone looked it up on QRZ, they would think that they had worked my home QTH (which is in a totally different grid square to the transceiver which is at a remote location around 30-40 miles away).
I could sign /P as somebody suggested in another topic, but in my mind that could be misleading because if I hear someone sign /P, to me that would generally imply a fairly small portable/compromise antenna and low power. After all, how portable is a full wave 160m loop mounted on four 10 meter tall masts? I’m not exactly going to stuff it in my backpack & take it to my local SOTA summit!!!
I would have suggested /A as being a more appropriate suffix as it is a officially recognised suffix (although admittedly not used very often these days). Technically the transceiver is at an alternative address, so I would consider this to be correct…
My concern is that this unusual suffix (which is rarely used on the air) may confuse people and cause more problems than it solves, especially using CW with people who may still be very new to CW (I include myself in that category).
Looking at this from an activators point of view, how often do I actually bother to check callsigns in QRZ when I get home?
With the exception being if it is a DX station or an American station (as I like to keep track of which states I’ve worked into).
Applying my initial logic to this, if I looked up an American station by callsign, they might be operating from their home location but the station could be at another address on the other side of the country. Hence I would think that I had worked a different state.
I guess I’ve just answered my own question!!!
Signing /A (an officially recognised suffix to donate an alternative address) seems like the most appropriate, especially if I set it up in QRZ with the correct grid square.