Call Letters Meaning on Wikipedia
Thu Jun 13 19:39:48 EDT 2019
No... the number traditionally designated the geographic district (1 is New
England, 2 is NY and NJ, etc) and the prefix can be K, W, N or AA-AL.
I'm K2SDF, for instance.
On Thu, Jun 13, 2019, 7:22 PM Bob Nelson <email@example.com> wrote:
> 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.
> > Rob
> > On Wed, 12 Jun 2019, A. Joseph Ross wrote:
> > > My father thought the W stood for Washington. When I saw that some
> > stations'
> > > call letters started with K, I asked him, and he said it stood for
> > > California.
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