[CQ-Contest] Call sign history

Giuseppe Giunta it9vdq at gmail.com
Sun Jan 8 12:30:00 EST 2017

in Italy we have no choice, no 2x1 call, except for a special call, only to
"some" main contest ... we use sometimes IB9T ... but generally I have to
content myself with a long, ugly and hard call like I-T-9-V-D-Q... a lot of
seconds, even at 40 wpm  hi hi hi hi
Ciao, Giu VDQ

Il 08 Gen 2017 17:53, "W0MU Mike Fatchett" <w0mu at w0mu.com> ha scritto:

> 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.
> W0MU
> 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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