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So just passed the Extra exam yesterday, vanity call

Discussion in 'Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator/Upgrading Privi' started by KM6XP, Mar 23, 2019.

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  1. K1LKP

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  2. K1SZO

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    Congrats on the upgrade!

    I prefer the call to have more personal meaning than just going for a rare call. I originally changed my call to have my initials which I was very happy with. My best friend since I was 12 punched his ticket and we had this little group with several other friends and his brother while we were still in middle / high school. (Sonzobitches) So we both took on that name (SZO) in our call. We used to write software under the name Sonzo Soft. While that's gone, I still make wine under the name Sonzo Cellars. You can see some of my wine bottles / labels on my profile page.

    When we both login to a net one after another. It really trips up net control. :D
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  3. K1LKP

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  4. W6RZ

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    Just a historical note. K6X?? 1x3 call signs weren't allowed for a long time. They became available in 1987, but were never issued until the vanity call sign program began in 1996. The few hams with a K6X?? call sign today got it through the vanity program.
  5. KM6XP

    KM6XP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Interesting history, I decided on a 2x2, KM6XP, I am a SSB phone only operator and the 2x2 just flowed easier.
  6. W6RZ

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    KM6XP is a very nice call. I would have picked AA6XP (which is available), but that's just personal preference.

    BTW, I made a typo in my previous post. It was 1978 (when the current sequential call sign system started), not 1987 when X suffix call signs became available. Before that, no X suffix calls (1x2, 1x3 or 2x3 in any district) were available (although it looks like W3XO got his call a little earlier). After 1978, only 2x3 X-suffix calls are not allowed. They are reserved for FCC experimental licenses,
  7. N4AAB

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    Congrats on making Extra ! I opted for a 1x3 vanity call when I made General class. No competition for the 1x3s.
  8. KM6XP

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    Another dumb question, does QRZ cross reference my old call when I switch or do I just start over? I assume it’s starting from scratch.
  9. N4AAB

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    They convert your account. Not sure about your logbook. You might check in the logbook forum.

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