Good Afternoon Everyone & Happy New Year I am currently scheduled to take my Technician exam this January. If time permits, I will also take the General exam on the same date, and then work on acquiring my Amateur Extra shortly thereafter. I have read extensively on the history of call sign assignments as well as vanity call signs, and I know the topic is rather nuanced and opinionated. Regardless, I’m interested in a fresh perspective, would like to gather any and all thoughts on the below topic, and would greatly appreciate the responses from those who would like to contribute. My grandfather was a Ham for over 70 years and had a massive “Ham Shack” and radio business in his residence. He worked in the radio field during WWII in England, was a flight radio officer for an American airline after the war, ran a radio service business in ME for decades, and was a prolific CW operator his entire life until shortly before his death. As far as I can recall, he was extremely well known and respected in the Amateur Radio world. He held a number of call signs over the course of his life (mainly due to geographic relocations) but held his final 1x2 Region 1 call sign for maybe 40 to 50 years, or longer. I’m still working on discerning the actual issuance date of his last call sign (pre-ULS) but that’s a topic for another day. As stated earlier, my grandfather passed away in 2009 and it was retroactively considered canceled as of the date of his death. A non-relative from Region 6 acquired his Region 1 / 1x2 call sign in 2011 and held it for approximately eight (8) years before canceling it in 2019, transitioning to a new vanity call sign in his native Region 6. The expiration date is currently set for July 2021. I spoke to the FCC yesterday regarding the “close relative” preference. I was surprised to learn (according to them) that I am actually able to use the close-relative preference to apply for and receive (if I’m an Amateur Extra of course) my grandfather’s call sign prior to the new 2021 expiration date, despite the call sign being utilized by a non-relative for the referenced 8 years following his death. My questions/request for opinion are as follows: 1) Is the FCC correct? Assuming I succeed in acquiring the Amateur Extra license prior to the July 2021 expiration date of the call sign, am I really able to use the close relative preference option to apply for the license (before everyone else via the preference list), even though someone else utilized it after his death? I couldn’t find any written documentation on this specific scenario. I just assumed the close-relative option became null and void once someone else acquired it. 2) I know there are many thoughts and consternation about whether new license holders should have a 1x2 call sign. Additionally, it’s a call sign outside my region as well. I normally wouldn’t consider it. However, I figured it would be a great homage to my grandfather, and thus wanted to hear some perspectives on the matter. I have a chance to snag a 1x3 vanity that has never been used, incorporates my initials, and is specific to my region. Part of me also wants to start fresh. I’m sure I’m not the first person that has been in this spot, and I’m sure there are some of you that have had many similar experiences that might be able to shed some words of wisdom. Thank you very much in advance. It’s greatly appreciated!