Call Letters Meaning on Wikipedia
Gary's Ice Cream
Thu Jun 13 20:41:29 EDT 2019
No. Ham is sequentially assigned based on the area...for example New England is usually a K with a "1", or a W with a "1"....."1" being the New England designator. Ham calls can also start with an "N" or "AA" in the U.S. However if someone with a "1" call moves to another part of the country they do not have to change. If a ham would like a different letter or number in their call they can request it as a "Vanity Callsign" (no charge). I started off as sequentially assigned "KB1PNT" but when I upgraded to General (and later Extra Class) I went vanity to "W1GFF" (my initials). Technically as an extra I could go to a 1x2 call.....but W1GF is an active callsign for someone else. So I kept my 1x3 call. Always happy to answer Ham (amateur radio) questions....I am the leader of the Billerica/Chelmsford VE Testing Team (we do open testing on the 2nd Thursday of every month).
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From: Boston-Radio-Interest <boston-radio-interest-bounces@lists.BostonRadio.org> On Behalf Of Bob Nelson
Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:45 PM
To: Rob Landry <email@example.com>
Cc: Boston Radio Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Call Letters Meaning on Wikipedia
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 = dahdit.
> 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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