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

Discussion in 'Becoming a Ham - Q&A' started by W3IG, May 20, 2018.

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  1. W3IG

    W3IG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks! I was, and I even managed one with the proper region number. I am now "The (WR3N) Ren", which is a character in the movie The Cube. Here's the pertainent clip but probably not safe for work or young viewers (gore, language).

    I've got my eye on a couple others that will be available in the next year or so that I like better, but I expect heavy competition. Onward and hopefully upward.
  2. N0NC

    N0NC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think I prefer your W3IG call to W3REN.
    I got My 1x2 after passing the 20, I'm the original holder. Also cost me the fee, and cost me the fee again the first time I renewed it. It seems to me if the FCC is always hurting for money, they would bring back the licensing fee at least for the first issuance. I don't mind the pay to play.
    73, Chuck
  3. W5GX

    W5GX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Check out

    It keeps track very accurately, and will tell you on that day what calls are available.

    If you have a ULS from the FCC, it's super easy to apply - the AE7Q website even coaches you a bit.

    I think I applied for four or so calls, and had settled on a vanity 1x4, simply because I thought "KD5TMS" was just too long and just wanted to knock one letter down. But then I got W5GX. I like it.
  4. WK1T

    WK1T Ham Member QRZ Page

    I can understand the attraction of the 1x2 and 2x1 calls. I found mine completely by fortuitous accident one day while checking out after somebody told me about the website. I put a reminder in my calendar to apply for it on the exact day it became available and beat out 4 others for it.
  5. W3IG

    W3IG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been pretty happy with my W3IG call. WR3N just didn't roll off the tongue as easy. Now that I'm learning CW I also appreciate the low CW weight of the my current call.

    AE7Q's website is essential once you understand how it works.
  6. K6GKS

    K6GKS XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    So it's a Lottery, for sure? I thought I was sure I read on the FCC website is was first come first serve. That is, the first application on the date available would be the winner. But now I can't find that information on the FCC site anymore. Also, I applied for a 1x2 just recently, and I was sure I would get it as I applied withing the first minute of the available date. But I lost and the winner was someone who applied at the End of the day. I guess that proves it's NOT first come first server, LOL!!!
  7. KU4X

    KU4X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hi George,

    Yup, now you know that it is, in fact a lottery. And it has been that way for a very long time.
    Just out of curiosity, how did you did you determine that the winner applied at the end of the day?

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  8. K8PG

    K8PG QRZ Lifetime Member #333 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    You should keep the call sign you have
    now, its easy on cw and rolls out good
    on phone.
    K8PG Paul
  9. K6GKS

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    It takes time and patients to find the right queries, but you can lookup on the FCC website all the folks that applied, then see their actual application as a PDF file. The file has the date and time submitted to the system.

    For example, if you have a call sign that you want to look at, use this Application search:

    You have to wade though the records, because this is all persons that ever submitted an application on that call sign, but focus on the Date and Status fields. You might see there are more than one Granted. That's probably because that person applied for multiple call signs and that were granted another one on their list..... To see their application, click on File Number to open up their record, then click on the Reference Copy link at the top right of the screen, that will open their application as a PDF.

    Have fun!
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2020
  10. K6GKS

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    I've gotten used to it. My goal and reason for a replacement is I really wanted something that was as short as possible and did not include any letters that can be mistaken for others. I hate it when someone calls out non-phonetic and I can't tell if they said D or B or V..... you know what I mean.

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