Call Letters Meaning on Wikipedia

Fri Jun 14 19:42:38 EDT 2019

Larry and Rob are correct, No.

Amateur Radio call signs also contain a number and were broken by Region
with that Numeric, but with the push for so many vanity call signs the FCC
removed that.
The old system [see here]

Hence my:
1 for New England
KUG - Sequential assignment

The guy who took the exam with me got N1KUF as his last name began with a C
and mine a D
As the Chief Examiner submitted our names Alphabetically

Bill - N1KUG
Boston, Mass
Cruise Ship Frequencies

-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Weil [] 
Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:17 PM
To: Bob Nelson
Cc: Rob Landry; Boston Radio Group
Subject: Re: Call Letters Meaning on Wikipedia


Larry Weil
Hudson, FL

Sent from my iPhone, so please excuse the brevity.

> On Jun 13, 2019, at 4:44 PM, Bob Nelson <> 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 <>
>> 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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