[CQ-Contest] Call sign history

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Mon Jan 9 09:15:11 EST 2017

 The 1976-77 "gates" may have been the first time of issue for many K 1x2 calls, but quite a few were issued earlier.

The Penn State ARC held K3CR when I arrived as a freshman in the fall of 1975. Their trustee at the time held K3CA. 
Neither had been issued "a few decades" earlier, though. If memory serves (I'd have to check one of the old QSL cards, which had this on the back), they were issued circa 1970.

73, ron w3wn
On 01/08/17, Rich K2WR<k2wr at njdxa.org> wrote:
For the record, the 1976-1977 “gate” system of 1x2 callsigns for Extra Class licensees was adopted by the FCC pursuant to Docket #20092, and is described in detail in the “Washington Mailbox” column on p. 51 of June, 1976 QST (probably other QST appearances as well). My own Extra license dates to March, 1970, so I was in the third gate, and I got my second pick. Although some K2 calls in the 1x2 format had been issued a few decades earlier, they would have all (or almost all) been sequential and near the front of the alphabet, so I’m pretty sure I’m the only person ever to hold K2WR.

Rich K2WR
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