Call Letters Meaning on Wikipedia
Thu Jun 13 16:44:53 EDT 2019
Isn't ham radio the opposite of traditional broadcast...those west of the
Mississippi start with W and those east start with K (KA1ABC for example?)
On Thu, Jun 13, 2019, 3:33 PM Rob Landry <email@example.com> wrote:
> My understanding is that the first call signs adssigned to radio stations
> were military, and began with A for Army and N for Navy. These stations
> were not broadcasters and used Morse code, in which A = didah and N =
> When additional call signs needed to be assigned, somone had the idea of
> adding an extra dash to the prefixes: didahdah = W, dahdidah = K. After
> the war (World War I), when the alphabet was divided among various
> countries for call sign allocation, the U.S. claimed A, N, K, and W (the
> British got G, M, V, and Z).
> Today the U.S. still has N, K, W, and AA through (AL? I forget). All four
> are used for ham radio call signs, but only K and W are used for
> broadcasting stations.
> On Wed, 12 Jun 2019, A. Joseph Ross wrote:
> > My father thought the W stood for Washington. When I saw that some
> > call letters started with K, I asked him, and he said it stood for
> > California.
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