Amateur Radio Callsign Update for the U.S. and its territories, from
the FCC as of July 13, 2020. These are in "sequential" format, and do
not necessarily include "vanity callsigns".
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", 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.
Note that, eventually, the FCC will no longer accept Social Security
Numbers on an NCVEC Form 605 -- one will have to obtain an FRN from the
FCC CORES website PRIOR to going to a license exam session...or they will
NOT be able to take the license exam. Some VE Teams ALREADY REQUIRE an
FRN at the exam session; check with your local VE Team before exam day.
Also, some VE Teams may have a way for you to obtain an FRN at the exam session (i.e. via a laptop computer and Wi-Fi connection), but that's
NOT guaranteed. For what to bring to a license exam session, go to:
Failure to do so may mean you can't take the license exam(s).
URL's are on this 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 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
An informative New Users Guide on getting started with the Universal Licensing System (ULS) is at:
You can get an FRN and password at this URL, and it'll help you get
your license faster. You will have to provide your Social Security
Number to get an FRN. Once you have the FRN, though...it is yours FOR LIFE...even if your amateur radio operator license lapses (is expired
more than 2 years). Once you have the FRN, do NOT use your Social
Security Number on the NCVEC Form 605, or the FCC will reject the
form, delaying processing of your amateur radio license.
Note that the FCC no longer mails out licenses, and you'll need to
supply an email address on the NCVEC Form 605.
Also, 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.
A "YES" response is NOT an automatic disqualification, but it depends
upon the circumstances surrounding the conviction.
Details are available on the back of the form, available at:
You will need a PDF reader to view/print the file.
Note that any NCVEC Form 605's dated PRIOR to September, 2017 are
INVALID, 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.
Lastly, due to the CoronaVirus (COVID-19), many ham radio license
exams are being CANCELLED. Check with the VE Team beforehand to be
sure that the exam session is still scheduled. While some teams are
using "remote 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.
Again, check with the VE Team Contact for details on such a session.
Region 0: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,
North Dakota and South Dakota
KF0AVW AE0KA KI0TL
Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island,
KC1NLL AC1JS KE1MT
Region 2: New Jersey and New York
Region 3: Delaware, District Of Columbia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
KC3PQH AC3GC KF3EU
Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
KO4FGB AK4ZZ KX4ZQ
Region 5: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
KI5JXL AG5ZR KM5ZM
Region 6: California
KN6JVN AJ6PN KR6GI
Region 7: Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington,
KJ7PDJ AI7BW KK7ZR
Region 8: Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia
KE8OXY AD8FX KI8KY
Region 9: Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin
KD9PUV AC9XF KG9RK
Hawaii WH6GKH AH6VV
Alaska KL5BD AL3T AL7RY WL7CYM
Northern Marianas KH0ZY WH0ACG
Guam NH2NE AH2EK
American Samoa KH8E AH8Z WH8ABN
Virgin Islands NP2TK KP2CZ
Puerto Rico WP4RNJ WP4HD
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