Call sign change for Extra Class

Discussion in 'Becoming a Ham - Q&A' started by KJ6HYC, Sep 13, 2010.

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  1. KJ6HYC

    KJ6HYC Ham Member QRZ Page

    My first post. I'm new to ham radio, (May 2010). I have the Extra Class ticket, I took all 3 tests within a week. I currently have a 2X1X3 call sign. I have noticed that on "RadioQTH" their are various "Vanity" 1X2, 2X1, 2X2, 1X3, 2X3, call signs. My questions is, what do these "say" or give you? Do they say to the community? That you are a extra class? Any thing else? Is the fee for the vanity a one time charge or a yearly charge?
    Thanks in advance for your help. :D

    Wayne KJ6HYC
  2. WB2B

    WB2B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'd suggest going w/ a sequential assignment. I grabbed a 2x1 call. It happened to be from a well known ham, at least at the regional level. The other problem you may have w/ a reused call is that 'you' may already be in someone else's log. It can cause some confusion.

    If I were to do it again, I'd go w/ a 2x1 or 1x2 sequential if any are available.
  3. W5RB

    W5RB Guest

    The best single site for learning about callsigns , including vanities , is . All the info is free there . Read the FAQ and the Tutorial first.

    As an Extra , you could request a sequential 2x2 at no cost . A vanity call currently costs $13.30 for a 10-year term . 2x2s are only available to Advanced and Extra licensees , so there's some prestige involved . 2x1s and 1x2s , and certain 2x2s , are for Extras only .

    People get vanity calls for many reasons , not all of them vain . Sometimes they replace a call that was hard to understand , or sometimes they are a way to honor a family member or friend . Don't rush . Take your time and learn more , then decide what you'd like to do .

    Russ , W5RB
  4. KJ6HYC

    KJ6HYC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for your input!

    Thanks for the replys, I'll be looking at the VanityHQ site. My current call sign isn't hard to live with and I'll be taking my time in any decision. Thanks to everyone for their input.

    KJ6HYC - Wayne
  5. KC5EAF

    KC5EAF Ham Member QRZ Page

    My two cents: I am about to pass the extra exam (being optimistic) and am looking forward to a new, shorter call for no other reason then to be able to send my call faster via CW. However, I have had my present 2X3 call so long it may be a little sad putting it away.

    KC5EAF - Larry
  6. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Usually, the shorter callsigns get through better.

    My first call as a General Class was WB6RGR. When I upgraded to Extra, I requested a sequential call - and got N6FF (actually, at that time, you could ask for callsigns you liked, and FF was on the list I gave them). That is a great CW call, but it stinks on phone.

    When I moved to the midwest, I got WF0H as a sequential call. I found that call threw too many people. I grew tired of having to repeat it to get people to understand that it was a 2X1 call. Some people just could not understand it at all. I wonder how many cards were sent to W0FH by mistake?

    So, one day I saw that K0RGR was available, and I went for it.

    Now, everybody thinks I'm a Technician and my call is KC0RGR.

    You just can't win!
  7. AC0TW

    AC0TW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I passed my Extra exam and wanted to shed my old 2 call since I moved to (and plan on staying in) Missouri. I passed the exam on 11/4, had my upgrade hit the ULS on 11/8, and put in for a sequential callsign change on 11/9. About an hour later my old call was canceled and my new one was issued.

    I have to go with WB2B on this one... Vanity calls are nice, but if there isn't a call that you like available and you still want a shorter call, asking for the next available sequential call will get you a shorter call without having to pay for a vanity call that may not be exactly what you want.
  8. N5SZJ

    N5SZJ Guest

    I'm sure there is some easy way to tell but I haven't been able to figure it out with some searching.

    Where is the FCC at in the sequence of call signs for Extra Class in the 5 Region? I'm trying to figure out what type of call I might get if I go with a sequential assignment at renewel to retire my current tongue twister call. N5SZJ. Its not the best call to use for QRP work.

    I dont want to get one worse.... :)

    thanks for the comments!
    John N5SZJ
  9. K5JY

    K5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Latest Sequentials

    Check out AE7Q's site -- scroll to the bottom of the linked page to "Latest sequential callsign assignments".

    Not as easy to see, but N4MC's site also has it -- click the "New Hams" button on the top of the linked page, then use the "Sorted by Call Sign" column to find the 5-land Extra's.
  10. W5RB

    W5RB Guest

    The AE7Q and VanityHQ sites are good , this one is handy for daily FCC reports in an easy format . Scroll to the bottom right for most recent issues , updated daily .

    Most recent issues in area 5 are KF5JJJ and AE5VP .
    The Extra pool in 5 moves slowly enough , you could almost pick your call by picking which day you renew . You have a 90-day window prior to expiration .
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 26, 2010
  11. N5SZJ

    N5SZJ Guest

    Thanks all for the pointers and great info. Appreciate it!

    John N5SZJ
  12. KM5ART

    KM5ART Ham Member QRZ Page

    I shall add a stupid question. I already have a vanity call, when I upgrade to Extra am I going to lose my current call sign?
  13. W5RB

    W5RB Guest

    Your call will remain the same 'til Field Day of 2020 , unless you take some action to change it before that . At renewal time , you'll have the option to pay the vanity fee for another 10-year term , or have a new sequential call assigned .

    You can choose to get a new sequential call with any upgrade , by initialing the appropriate box on the form 605 , or you can request a new sequential call anytime using the ULS . Otherwise , you remain KM5ART .
  14. N4AJZ

    N4AJZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've had this call for 32 years and opted to keep it after getting my Extra
    30 years ago. Although the phonetics for this call are not great for phone(because of the multiple vowel sounds in the suffix)
    and sometimes mis-interpreted on the receiving end of my calls on phone, most
    of my operating is on CW and it does have a nice "swing" to it and a rhythmic
    sound when transmitted with an iambic paddle.
    Just about all of the 1x2 and 2x1 calls in the "4" call area have long been
    gobbled up so.....................I'll just keep my old N4AJZ N(known)4 Always Jamming Zippers:D Besides it's a one and only original;)

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010
  15. KB5IAV

    KB5IAV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was assigned this call when I passed my Novice exam in December 1988. When I upgraded to General in May 1989, I kept it because I liked the call and had just gotten a bunch of QSL cards printed. I kept it when upgraded to Advanced in August 1990, and Extra in January 2003.

    My call is actually pretty easy on CW, and I guess I've had it so long I don't want to give it up. I guess changing calls is a strictly personal thing.
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