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1x2 or 2x1 call signs via vanity application: How hard?

Discussion in 'Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator/Upgrading Privi' started by AC3CX, May 20, 2018.

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  1. AC3CX

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    I think I stated my question unclearly. I think I submitted my vanity application on the correct day though because a bunch of others did also. Must just be a quirk of how ae7q's website works.
     
  2. AB3TQ

    AB3TQ Subscriber QRZ Page

    The owner of the AE7Q site has put a lot of effort into making the site a useful tool for Vanity callsign seekers. I would say that providing clearly understood data was given very high priority, though it would seem that a few can still view that as a data presentation quirk. The only quirk I see is that in this case all valid submissions throughout a 3 day window that included the weekend are equally eligible.

    With only 7 valid applicants (out of 10), the odds of winning the K3 Baffled Extra call are 14%. Not terrible odds. Not great odds. For anyone not lucky this time, we might see how they make out with a future application that has to be submitted on an singularly exact date (assuming competition for the call).
     
  3. KG5QBI

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    It is annoying when, while waiting for a couple of interesting 2x1 and 1x2 that come available in about a year, you see a rather interesting 2x2 available. Then starts the process of looking harder at available 2x2 and 1x3 and second guessing oneself.
     
  4. KU4X

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    Such a situation is totally self-inflicted and therefore avoidable.

    One needs to decide which route they are going to follow...wait for the desired 2x1 or 1x2 call to become available and then enter the lottery for it, with a good chance of not getting it; or, grab the 2x2 or 1x3, with a minuscule chance of being involved in a lottery for the call. (Several years ago, I did see two folks apply for the same 1x3 on the same day, so the lottery process was in play. No way to know if the two knew each other and deliberately applied for the same call on the same day, or if it was a truly random occurrence.)

    The bottom line: one needs to make a decision and then stick with it.
    (And this is not a life-altering decision...it's an amateur radio call sign. Annoyance and second-guessing shouldn't even be in the picture.)

    Regards,
    -Bruce
     
  5. AC3CX

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    My confusion with the website was that it listed the "availabe" date right up until the available date, and on that day it listed the available date as blank, and the call as not yet available. The next day it showed the call as available but of course that would have been too late. Clear as mud, AB3TQ. I'd say AE7Q should fix his disfuctional website.

    I've also decided you should hate the game, not the player. Based on the lottery rules I have to apply for the calls I'm luke warm about because I might not get the few I'd really like. So if I get one I'm luke warm about I'm certainly not going to worry myself with what others think when I apply a few months later for the ones I really want. Its not me that's doing it wrong, its the FCC.
     

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