Geographic call sign rules?

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by WB2VKL, Sep 11, 2019.

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  1. WB2VKL

    WB2VKL Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I moved my QTH to the 4-call area from 2-call area, I requested that the FCC issue me a geographic call sign. One was issued. Does the FCC officially refer to this as an "alias?" May I also use my original call sign ? On CW, I have accidentally used my original 2-land call (it's burned into my brain). Was this a violation of the rules?
  2. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    You have one issued call sign. The old one is returned to the FCC for reissue at a future date. It is not valid for you to use.
    N2EY, K9CPO, K7TRF and 4 others like this.
  3. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was always somewhat annoyed that you can no longer tell where someone is by his callsign, unlike the olden days. However, I've had my callsign for so long...and more people know me by my callsign....that I'd hate to lose it if I ever left Alaska (perish the thought). So, maybe the new rules are for the better.....alas.
    WA9FZB, WA3VJB, W4KJG and 3 others like this.
  4. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I changed my call sign when I moved from the 5 land to 0 land.
    When I'm operating in my RV I always use portable with the call Zone designator for whatever area I'm in.

    I do the same thing whether I'm air mobil aeronautical or land mobile.

    I feel that it's a common courtesy and gives people with directional antennas and idea where to aim their antennas.
    Also if you're from a distance call Zone but your Strong it might give someone a clue that you're operating local in their area.

    I think it's just common courtesy and good, operating procedure to do so whether required by the FCC or not.
    It's a fun hobby, so let people know where you're at.
    WA3VJB, AF7XI, W4POT and 1 other person like this.
  5. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Gotta wonder who's gonna care, let alone check on you when you do it again. Esp using when Morse...
    Mistakes are human nature.
  6. K2CD

    K2CD Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hi Steve. The FCC doesn't refer to your new call sign as an "alias", but does refer to your old call sign as an "alias". If you query "WB2VKL" on QRZ it shows as an alias for KJ4IRX. In any event your old call has been deactivated by the FCC upon issuance of your current one.

    On another note, if you really miss your WB2VKL call you can get it back through the vanity call sign program.

    Better yet, WB4VKL is avaliable right now through the vanity program. Why not apply for it asap. You'd be getting the best of both worlds.
  7. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    One slight caveat: he can apply under the vanity system for his old call ONLY if it has NOT been reassigned. Since it is available, as you suggest, he can apply with precedence as a previous holder of the call.
  8. N0YPD

    N0YPD Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I am not a fan of getting a vanity call sign that is not in your district number. What's the sense of having seperate districts,but that's another argument.
    KU4X, N0NC and K0UO like this.
  9. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I had my Yagi up I never know what direction the band was open, K2 signals came from FL and N4 came from New England and W6 from North Dakota. I wore my rotor out trying to find the signals !!!.
    N0YPD and K0UO like this.
  10. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Join the club.:(:rolleyes:

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