• Classes And Exams (O)

    From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Mon Jun 13 00:07:04 2022

    Sequential Versus Vanity Callsigns

    Callsigns are normally issued in a sequential callsign system by
    the FCC, for each license class. Once issued a callsign, you can
    choose to keep it...or apply for a vanity callsign, after paying the appropriate fee, and submitting the required forms.

    NOTE: Effective April 19, 2022, there'll be a $35 fee for each Vanity
    Callsign applied for. So if you apply for, pay for, and get a vanity callsign...then decide you don't like it, whether you apply for another
    vanity callsign, or change to a sequential callsign, it'll still cost
    you $35 each time you do it. Plus, if you're not granted the callsign
    you wanted (it's not available), and you don't supply others (as noted
    below), you are NOT eligible for a refund.

    When applying for a vanity callsign, you'll be required to list
    twenty-five (25) "requested" calls...as there is a chance that the ones
    you have requested are currently in use by licensed hams, or they have
    not passed the 2 year grace period after expiration.

    U.S. amateur radio callsigns are grouped by license class, starting
    with an A, K, N, or W...in the format of 1 or 2 letters, followed by
    a digit from 0 through 9...depending on the callsign district they
    were living in when they first got their license...followed by 1, 2,
    or 3 letters.

    Callsigns from Alaska begin with KL7, callsigns from Hawaii begin
    with KH6, callsigns from Puerto Rico begin with KP4, and callsigns from
    the U.S. Virgin Islands begin with KP2. If the amateur radio licensee
    from these areas is an Amateur Extra Class licensee, the first letter
    is likely an "A" instead of a "K".

    Callsigns for other U.S. territories may be a bit different per the
    license classes, noted below.

    Minimum License Class: Callsign Group: Callsign Examples:

    Novice 2 by 3 WA1BCD, KE2FGH
    Technician or General 1 by 3 K5IJK, N3LMN, W5OPQ
    Advanced 2 by 2 KA6RS, KK7TU
    Amateur Extra 1 by 2 or 2 by 1 K8VW, N9WX, W0YZ

    Since some of the sequential callsign groups have had all of the
    regular callsigns issued, the issued sequential calls fall to the
    lower license class. With a vanity callsign, you can apply for a
    callsign in this group, if you're of the appropriate license class.
    Callsigns that have been expired more than 2 years are returned to
    the "unused callsign pool", and they can be requested as a vanity

    The higher amateur radio license that you have, the more choices you
    have for a vanity callsign (i.e. Amateur Extra Class licensees can pick
    from any group...while General Class licensees are limited to either
    the 2 by 3 or 1 by 3 callsign group).

    Amateur Extra Calls usually begin with an A, but can also begin with
    either a K, an N, or a W. Advanced callsigns usually begin with a K,
    but they can also begin with an N or a W. Technician or General callsigns usually begin with an K, N, or a W...and Novice callsigns usually begin
    with either a K or a W.

    However, a callsign is NOT ALWAYS indicative of a ham radio operators
    actual license class. My first callsign, N5VLZ, issued in August, 1991,
    was one of the last "1 by 3" callsigns issued for Arkansas. I held that
    for 18 years, when I changed to the AE5WX callsign in June, 2009. Then,
    in December, 2012, I changed to the WX1DER callsign...which reflects the
    domain of my personal homepage, and of the BBS. And in 2019, I changed
    to the WX4QZ callsign, changing the emphasis from weather to railroad
    crossing safety. Besides, I know several Amateur Extra Class ham radio operators who still have their Novice class callsign format.

    If you are already a licensed ham radio operator, and one of your
    family members, who was also a ham radio operator (parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, etc.), dies (becomes a Silent Key), you
    may provide proof of their death (such as a death certificate) to the
    FCC, along with a vanity callsign application, and request that callsign anytime within 2 years after that ham radio operators death. After that
    2 year and 1 day period, anyone can apply for it.

    You must hold the appropriate license class to request that vanity
    callsign. In other words, if the callsign of a deceased relative was
    from the Amateur Extra Class group, you will have to become an Amateur
    Extra Class licensee in order to request it.

    Note that once you receive your new callsign...either from the
    sequential or vanity callsign system...your old callsign is no
    longer valid. However, as long as your license is not expired, you
    keep the privileges you had before, but you're now using the new

    A list of the latest callsigns issued can be found in the ham
    radio bulletins door on The Thunderbolt BBS. The list is obtained
    from HamData.Com -- which gets its data from the FCC database. Note
    that during a government shutdown, this data will NOT be updated,
    since the FCC is closed.
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