U.S. amateurs where is your call number from? x

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by K0UO, Sep 3, 2021.


Do you have a call sign with a district number out of the District that you currently live?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. W0AZ

    W0AZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have always thought that it was best for a ham to choose a vanity call with a number that is consistent with his QTH.

    Now that I’ve had my 1X2 for ~25 years, it has become as much “me” as my name.

    I have no plans or desire to leave Colorado, but I can see an eventuality where I might. My son lives in 7 land. If I were to become seriously ill and need assistance it might be best for all concerned if I were to relocate to be near him. I hope that never happens, but it might. In that event I’d keep my zero call and hope to still be able to set up a shack and operate. My call is me now.

    And I’d hope nobody would be annoyed with me for the discrepancy.
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  2. K3RW

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    3-land, but I am in SW Washington in 7-land. 7 area vanities are difficult to get and I thought I might be moving back there someday.
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  3. DM2TT

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    Same here.Was DJ2TX for 27 years and hated it in cw.Gush,was that loooooong!
    I checked the system real often for 5 years and nothing..
    Then i said to myself "what the hack" and took a ex socialist GDR call,starting DM
    As time goes by i start to love it,felt weird at first.But now i can laugh and call it my "socialist call"..lol
    And the best,and thats the reason:
    I lost FIVE dits and dahs!
    It doesnt get better :)
    Olli DM2TT
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  4. K0UO

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  5. W4KJG

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    Except for the first two years of my 6 years in the Navy, my call has always been in the district of my residence. I have been a WN9/WA9 (10 years -- 8 yearsWisconsin/2 years Navy CA/MD), then a KH6 (4 years Hawaii in Navy), then KC4PK (about 25 years Virginia), then K8KJG (17 years West Virginia) and finally W4KJG (3 years back in Virginia). Next year will be 60 years.

    I sure wish we could go back to having call signs that represent our districts, unless we have a really good reason not to. Like being in a job that requires frequent location changes, like being in the military, Federal Witness Protection (WITSEC), etc.

    I'm already legally crazy. But working a KH6 or a KL7 QRP, and finding they are just a few miles away drives me even crazier!o_O
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  6. KE0GXN

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    My preference is to always have my district number, coincide with where I currently live. If I was ever to move outside my current district I will immediately seek to change it to coincide once again if possible. Even if it costs 35 bucks!

    I guess I am OCD like that. :)
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  7. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    If I were to move ouside 1-land, I'd simply sign WN1MB/#, as I have some history with this call.
    I don't see that as OCD. I see it as an appreciation for the initial reasoning behind numerical specific zone identification in call signs.

    Tweaking an ATU to get the SWR down from 1.4:1 to 1:1 - now that's OCD!
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  8. KB2FCV

    KB2FCV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been in NJ nearly all my life.. so I've always had a 2-land call... still have the same call since day 1 as a Novice back in 1988.
  9. KP4SX

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    I kept WX4A (original sequential) for a long time after moving to PR because I didn't want to give it up. But after becoming really active the /KP4 really sucked. KP4SX reflects some history in a way since I was originally licensed as WN4SXX and WB4SXX and have used the SX suffix in other locations.
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  10. N7WR

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    Lived in 6 land until 2003. Had a great callsign K6BZ. When we decided to move to 7 land I knew that we would most likely never return to 6 land to live. It was a tough decision but I decided to go for a 7 land call. Ultimately wound up with my current call sign and will keep it until I am a SK
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