California takes "space" out of Ham Plates

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  1. W6AWS

    W6AWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like that! Very Nice!

    Thanks for sharing that.


    Andy W6AWS
  2. N7YA

    N7YA Ham Member QRZ Page

    W6EM sez...
    "Oops, I almost forgot. The Bushy usually just "flies past" Louisiana and waves out the window while sipping a martini (their new word for one on AF-1 is a "Katrini")"

    ...sipping?? I thought he chugged them by the gallon.:p
  3. WA0TTN

    WA0TTN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Now if the states could all learn to slash the zeros. I got my callsign in Colorado, where they knew how to stamp a proper zero on a plate. When I moved to California, and now to Washington, my plates are virtually incomprehensible. Non hams think that WA0TTN sounds like Emer Fudd talking about a "wotten wabbit"
  4. K6JJR

    K6JJR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dave Cox represents my area. He is a major Dick. Dont waste your time with him. :mad:
  5. KV3C

    KV3C Ham Member QRZ Page

    In Florida you can get your zero to look like a zero, but you have to make a notation on the application that says the zero should look like this. Then show them.
  6. W6AWS

    W6AWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Like him or not, he stood up for Amateurs when others did not! That earns my appreciation!

    Andy W6AWS
  7. G1BYY

    G1BYY Ham Member QRZ Page

    You chaps are lucky! On this side of the pond if I'd wanted my callsign on a car (I can't, it's already on someone else's) it would have cost me £999 (say two thousand dollars in round numbers).

    Requested registrations are known as "Cherished numbers" here, but vanity is a far better description! :)

    Howard G1BYY
  8. W6EM

    W6EM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi, Howard. Greetings from across "the pond" here in one of your country's namesakes: Leeds, AL. (Our Leeds is very small, however, in comparison)

    When I used to live in CA, it was known for "screwing" auto owners with registration fees (hidden luxury tax). For example, our 1997 Volvo, purchased new in CA, cost us $1300 for the first year's license. About 3.25%. And, CA religiously continues assessing their annual "luxury" tax of 3.25% of the car's appraised value each year. I would be willing to bet its even a higher rate now.

    It gave me great delight to rip up into a zillion sheds, the $800 license bill forwarded to our then-new Florida address.

    You see, our 1997 Volvo, in the year 2000, was assessed a $35 license fee by the state of Florida.

    Yes, in Florida, a $250,000 RV, a $500,000 Maserati, and a well-used 1997 Volvo have one thing in common: A $35 annual license fee and no other tax.
    (That's why, even here in Alabama, we see loads of RVs with Florida plates).

    Of course, auto insurance in FL was three times what it was in CA, so I guess governments tend to just shift the tax burden where they wish.....

    And, I guess that's government vanity.
  9. NC6A

    NC6A Ham Member QRZ Page


    I was probably one of the first hams to get space ham plates and the lies from dmv. I immediately thought "ARRL has to be told" I sent an email to Bob Vallio W6RGG informing him what was happening and also asked him what should be done to correct this. After two weeks of no response I sent him another email and again no response. As of today I have never received a reply to my emails.

    I am a life member of the ARRL and have been a member for about 30 years. I'm very, very disappointed with Mr Vallio and the entire ARRL Organization for the way they handled the ham space problem. All Mr Vallio had to do was send me a short email telling me that the ARRL was working on the problem through legal channels and that he would keep California Hams advised of the progress.

    Mr. Vallio has state that the hams should have stayed out of it and not written letters, that the ARRL through their channels would handle it. What a bunch of BS!!
    Believe me if I was not an ARRL Life Member I would not be a member at all!!

    Don Borden NC6A
  10. WA1RKT

    WA1RKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    May I respectfully inquire... Who cares??

    Here in New Hampshire we don't have ham radio call sign plates at all! What we do have is vanity plates, on which we can display our call signs. That's good enough for me, but it has a whole contingent of hams here in NH all up in arms. I think I have more critical things to worry about than whether my call letter plates have a space in them or whether my call letter plates are really vanity plates.

    Rick WA1RKT
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