[CQ-Contest] Call sign history

DXer hfdxmonitor at gmail.com
Sun Jan 8 18:17:53 EST 2017

That was a smart move, Glenn.

I have not dealt with the DOC/IC/Whatever they are called these days, in 
a long time. The few times I did, they were always very helpful.

As a new arrival in Canada, I went to see them about getting my VE 
licence. They somehow understood what I was talking about. My english is 
bad today, imagine 25+ years ago.

To my surprise, a few minutes later, I found myself in a room with the 
exam papers in front of me. I remember the examiner, he read the ARRL 
handbook the entire duration of the exam.

I failed that first attempt at passing the exam 'cold turkey'. I had no 
idea what the test covered, and had never read about the VE regulations.

Back then they had brochures/booklets with the material you needed to 
study. I was given the applicable study material, and passed on my 
second attempt.

Sorry for the the topic diversion, last word.

It's kind of scary when you become part of history. :^)

73 de Vince, VA3VF

On 2017-01-08 5:28 PM, Glenn Wyant wrote:
> November 1993
> A rumour is floating around that Industry Canada is considering
> opening up the VA prefix block for amateurs.
> I decided to send a letter of request to the Hamilton office.
> The information indicated they would issue callsigns to match your
> two initials. I did NOT want " GW ". so I mentioned that the remote chance
> of anyone with an " X " initial would apply. I specifically
> requested VA3DX.
> One month later , on December 13, 1993 I received out of the
> blue, my new call license in the mail.
> As Paul Harvey would say " and thats the rest of the story ."
> Glenn VA3DX 1993    VE3ICR ( 1976 )

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