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Re: radio in '22
So have I got this right? After WHAZ would have come
WIAA, WIAB, and WIAC? There is or was a WIAC in San Juan
PR, and I guess the station may be old enough to have
gotten its calls through sequential assignment in this
way. But what about WBBM and WICC? WBBM was allegedly a
sequentially assigned call sign (notwithstanding the
slogans that were made up to "explain" the call sign).
WBBM would have come quite a while after WZAZ. I don't
know about WICC, but those calls have been around a
_long_ time. WICC would have been asigned quite a while
after WZBZ, right?
Aren't there 676 two-letter combinations in our
alphabet? To get all the way from WAAA to WZAZ by the
method I think you're describing, I believe the FRC
would have had to assign 676 sets of calls. And to get
from WABA to WBBM would have taken another 39, right?
We're up to 715. I guess I can believe that. When it
reached WZBZ, the FRC/FCC would have made 1352
sequential assignments. Then from WACA to WICC would
have taken another 211 for a total of 1563.
Still possible I guess but starting to get a little
harder to believe. Just before World War II there were
only about 800 radio stations in the US. A lot of
stations had gone belly up and the calls weren't reused,
but some calls were reused. And then there were the
ships. My head is hurting.
> <<On Wed, 07 Nov 2001 22:59:14 +0000, firstname.lastname@example.org said:
> > was A in _all_ of the AM calls the FRC issued. I suppose
> > the A was used in a failed attempt to create a
> > distinctive sequence of calls for standard-broadcast
> > stations to differentiate them from ships, which also
> > used four-letter calls beginning with K and W.
> No, it's simpler than that. In the sequence of assigned four-letter
> callsigns, the third letter is the most significant digit. So after
> WZAZ would come WABA. The 97.3 station in Orange was originally
> assigned WFUB as a sequential callsign; I think that the sequence has
> now wrapped around. WFUB was never used on the air, IIRC; the change
> to WJDF happened before the CP was built.