Can someone take a ham's discarded callsign, either original issue or vanity, when they earn or use Vanity to obtain a new call - thereby "giving up" their original call or a new Vanity over and older one? If so, what is the waiting period on obtaining somebody's discarded sign? . Ran into a crazy Search today. Had QSO with somebody who I am left to believe was pirating the call of KO4LL, which currently is Not Currently Assigned as far as I can tell. But it comes back as a previous call of a N9GT which appears to have been a previous Vanity call of someone else. But if you run N9GT it shows a Previous Call of N9AAE and not KO4LL. And now N9AAE comes back to yet a difference person as apparently as an acquired discarded Vanity .... lol ..... I'm going crazy here. - This info acquired the ARRL Call Lookup page, and QRZ Anyhoo .... my KO4LL is a ghost ??