Amateur Radio Callsign Update for the U.S. and its territories, from
the FCC through July 5, 2021. These are in "sequential" format, and do
not necessarily include "vanity callsigns". Please read the paragraphs
noted below, prior to the callsign listings, as they contain important information.
Data is from the HamData.Com website at www.hamdata.com/fccinfo.html --
so, check that, in case typographical errors are in this message. These
are updated normally Tuesday through Saturday, with data from the prior "business day" that the FCC is open. Note that during a "government
shutdown", or if the previous "business day" is an observed US holiday, callsigns (new, vanity, club, special event, etc.) are NOT issued...and
data is not updated as a result. See the bulletin dealing with callsigns
and government shutdowns for further information.
In some regions, all the sequential callsigns have been issued, so
other callsign groups are being noted as well. The first 2 entries
for regions 0 through 9 are for Technician or General class licensees
(starting with a K), and then for Amateur Extra Class licensees
(starting with an A).
The regions are noted as per Appendix 2, in Part 97 of the FCC Rules.
Auto-registration in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES)
amateur radio exam for candidates using a Social Security number ENDED
on May 20, 2021. Applicants MUST use an FCC Registration Number (FRN)
for ALL LICENSE TRANSACTIONS with the FCC. Examinees must register in
CORES, and receive an FRN before exam day. Electronic batch filed
applications that do NOT include a candidate's FRN will be REJECTED,
plus the Social Security/Licensee ID Field has been DISABLED on the
The CORES website can be accessed at:
An instructional video provides step-by-step instructions on how to
establish a CORES account, which is necessary for licensees to make administrative updates and download electronic license authorizations.
The instructional video can be found at:
All filers MUST provide an email address on ALL applications. When an
email is provided, applicants will receive an official electronic copy
of their licenses once granted (be sure to allow incoming email from email@example.com
). If no email is provided when filling out the
form, applications will be "DISMISSED AS DEFECTIVE". ARRL/VEC suggests
that those without access to email to use the email address of a family
member or friend.
One can NOT get a printed copy sent by mail from the FCC anymore...you basically now "download, and print your own". Basically, licensees need
to log in to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to download their authorizations.
For what to bring to a license exam session, go to:
Failure to do what's noted may mean you can't take the license exam(s).
URL's are on that page on how to obtain a copy of your license (which
will be sent off with your data), and what the current ARRL/VEC exam fee
is. That fee is payable in either cash, check, or money order...payable
to the appropriate VEC, such as ARRL/VEC. You can NOT use credit or debit
cards to pay for the exam fee, as the VE Teams do NOT have the resources
to process these transactions. If paying in cash, having exact change is appreciated.
Once you have the FRN, though...it is yours FOR LIFE...even if your ham
radio operator license lapses (is expired more than 2 years). As noted
earlier, ONLY an FRN will be accepted on the NCVEC Form 605...if you put
a Social Security Number, the application will be DISMISSED as DEFECTIVE
by the FCC...and you've wasted your time and money.
Also, sometime in mid to late 2021 (date to be announced), there'll
be a $35 fee for the following for US Ham Radio Licenses (payable on
the FCC's website):
1) New Amateur Radio License
2) Renewed Amateur Radio License
3) Upgraded Amateur Radio License
4) Callsign Change (Sequential Or Vanity)
5) Special Temporary Authority Request (STA)
6) Rule Waiver Request
This will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal
Register, but as of July 6, 2021, that has NOT occurred. So, it
will be at least early August, 2021, before it takes effect; but,
until the notice appears in the Federal Register, the 30 day
countdown window will not begin.
Note that there is NO FEE for an "administrative update", such as
a change in name, mailing address, or phone number.
An informative New Users Guide on getting started with the Universal Licensing System (ULS) is at:
You should be aware that as an applicant for an FCC Amateur Radio
License, some information about you will be made publicly available
via the FCC's ULS, specifically information submitted on the NCVEC
Form 605 (noted above) will be published:
1) Your Name.
2) Your Mailing Address -- it can be a street address, street address
with an apartment, or a post office box. For those leery of having a
street address, a Post Office Box is a better option, and is worth the
fee (I have one myself, and you pay it for either a 6 month or 1 year
3) Your Callsign and License Class.
4) Your FCC Registration Number.
5) Your Felony Conviction Status (noted below).
6) Various transaction dates, adminstrative review statuses, etc.
Note that Social Security Numbers, Phone Numbers, and Email Addresses
are NEVER published.
Current amateur radio operators requesting a callsign change, or new
amateur radio operators, must answer "The Felony Question" on the NCVEC
Form 605, stating whether or not you've been convicted of a felony in
state or federal court.
With this, a "YES" response is NOT an automatic disqualification, but
it depends upon the circumstances surrounding the conviction. You will
supply all the pertinent information to the FCC, and NOT to the VE Team;
and the FCC must have all pertinent data within 14 days of the exam.
Otherwise, the license grant will be DISMISSED AS DEFECTIVE.
Further details are available at:
Note that any NCVEC Form 605's dated PRIOR to September, 2017 are NOT
VALID, and will NOT be accepted by the FCC. Be sure that the VE Team is
using NCVEC Form 605's effective September, 2017 or later. Otherwise,
you're wasting your time and money.
Due to the CoronaVirus (COVID-19), many ham radio license exams are
being CANCELED. Check with the VE Team beforehand to be sure that the
exam session is still scheduled.
While some teams are using "remote testing", or "drive-up/drive-thru testing", a lot of logistical hoops have to be "jumped through", to ensure
that examinees aren't cheating during the session; and many VE Teams (like mine) don't have the resources to do such. So, these teams will likely do
"low contact, in person testing" instead...including requiring masks, and practicing "social distancing". Obviously, if you're not feeling well,
have tested positive for COVID-19, or have come in contact with someone
who has it, please do NOT come to the exam session!!
Again, check with the VE Team Contact for details on such a session.
Note that Title 47 of the Code Of Federal Regulations (Federal Law),
Part 97 of the FCC Rules, which applies to amateur radio, are AGREED to
be followed when the current or prospective ham radio operator signs the
NCVEC Form 605 at the exam session. If you have no intention of doing
such, you might as well STOP RIGHT NOW on any plans to become an amateur
radio licensee. Three items relate to the exam session:
97.509 (a) The number of examinees at a session may be limited.
97.509 (4)(c) Each administering VE must observe the examinee throughout
the entire examination. The administering VEs are responsible for the
proper conduct and necessary supervision of each examination. The
administering VEs must immediately terminate the examination upon
failure of the examinee to comply with their instructions.
97.511 Each examinee must comply with the instructions given by the administering VEs.
This includes requirements related to COVID-19, or instances of
"cheating". Please do NOT put yourselves or the VE Team into a very embarrassing situation. In some cases, law enforcement officials can
be summoned to arrest and remove the violator from the premises.
Please don't make the VE Team resort to such actions.
There's no point in trying to cheat. One is ready to take the exam,
or they're not. If it takes you a dozen tries or more to pass the exam,
(even if just barely), you have as much right to be on the air, as
someone who made a perfect score the first time.
Besides, the guy or girl who graduates dead last in medical school
is STILL...a doctor!! However, I might not want them doing a prostate
check on the males, or a pelvic exam on the females (hi hi).
Region 0: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,
North Dakota and South Dakota
KF0GBN AE0NZ KI0TM
Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island,
KC1PNW AC1LP KE1MT
Region 2: New Jersey and New York
Region 3: Delaware, District Of Columbia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
KC3SJV AC3HS KF3EU
Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
KO4RRI AK4ZZ KY4IQ
Region 5: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
KI5QPI AI5EG KM5ZN
Region 6: California
KN6PMQ AJ6SY KR6GI
Region 7: Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington,
KJ7ZQE AI7IK KK7ZR
Region 8: Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia
KE8SKS AD8HN KI8KY
Region 9: Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin
KD9TAJ AC9ZB KG9RK
Hawaii WH6GPF AH6VY
Alaska KL5GN AL3T AL7RY WL7CYN
Northern Marianas KH0ZY WH0ACL
Guam NH2NN AH2EK
American Samoa KH8E AH8Z WH8ABN
Virgin Islands NP2UF KP2CZ
Puerto Rico WP4RVS WP4HD
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* Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)