[CQ-Contest] Call sign history
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Sun Jan 8 12:16:12 EST 2017
yup when Novice Roundup was Fun and had participation.
The Original Rolling Ball Clock
On 1/8/2017 10:23 AM, W0MU Mike Fatchett wrote:
> What someone had common sense? No way! HI!
> I got licensed in 1978, so I missed that window and had to wait till
> the vanity program. I can't recall anymore if W0MU was my 1st choice
> but I don't think so. I want to say it was my 4th?
> My first taste of contesting was the novice round up which lasted 7
> days or more. I have the certificate around someplace that I got. I
> recall battling it out with another young ham at the time we were both
> around 13. Good times.
> On 1/8/2017 7:28 AM, James Cain wrote:
>> What's in a name?
>> 40 years ago this week a very large group of us were applying to the
>> FCC for the long-awaited "preferred Extra Class call signs." The FCC
>> opened the gate on January 1, 1977. Decisions, decisions. You were
>> told to list four desired call signs. That sent everybody to the
>> latest Callbook to see what was available. It depended on what Call
>> Area you lived in. 1X2 call signs starting with the letter K had
>> never been issued in most Call Areas. Some had been issued in Call
>> Areas 2, 4, and 6.
>> Lots of call signs starting with the letter W were available but all
>> would be "re-issues." I don't think a 1X2 call sign starting with the
>> letter N had ever been issued.
>> Some of us had waited many years to dump our 2X3 call signs. We had
>> been Extras for nearly 10 years. The prospect of fewer characters was
>> exciting. But choosing a new call sign was agonizing! A lot of us
>> chose a new call sign that had some connection with our checkered
>> past. For many, the choice was mode-oriented. If you liked phone,
>> phonetics were a big consideration. For CW operators, bauds mattered.
>> And, if you prefer CW, do you really want a call sign ending in K?
>> A lot of us operated the first of two weekends of the 1977 ARRL DX CW
>> Competition with our 2X3 call signs. What happens if our shiny new
>> call sign arrives in the mail before the second weekend? (In those
>> good old days, children, each mode of the contest was two weekends, a
>> month apart.) Somebody I know really, really well, enquired about
>> this, and the unofficial word from the FCC was if your new call
>> sign/license arrives before the second weekend, just pretend it didn't.
>> Jim Cain, K1TN (ex-WA1STN, WA9AUM)
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