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corsair23
04-08-2008, 02:57 PM
Ok, so I'm vain :hill: but I don't particularly care for my "preassigned" call sign and I am looking to get a vanity call sign...

I know about searching to see if the call sign is available etc. but for those that have BTDT any tips or tricks?

Any reason to request a K vs. a N vs. a W to start off the call sign with?

Any reason not to add in the second letter (guess for us they are 'D')? i.e. K0 vs. KD0

Anyone have a suggestion for me on what might be a good fit :). On my current short list are the following suffixes: ZET, PEZ, WHL, TAZ, TOY, LEX

My main goal here is to get something unique that I can remember :o, may help others know who I am. A distant third reason would be the coolness factor but obviously as you can see from my choices I'm not working on the :cool: part too hard. :lmao:

Uncle Ben
04-08-2008, 03:20 PM
I chose to keep the "K" because with the exception of Elmer and his dad everyone else in the club starts with K. My assigned Call was pretty easy but I wanted something more personal. I sounded out several variations and settled on my because of how it flowed from the tongue. Basically mine is said in three syllables....K-0-UBN. Simple call for a simple brain.... :rolleyes:

corsair23
04-08-2008, 03:35 PM
I chose to keep the "K" because with the exception of Elmer and his dad everyone else in the club starts with K. My assigned Call was pretty easy but I wanted something more personal. I sounded out several variations and settled on my because of how it flowed from the tongue. Basically mine is said in three syllables....K-0-UBN. Simple call for a simple brain.... :rolleyes:

Good points :thumb: - I also have tried to see how my choices would "flow" and got rid of many that ended up sounding like I was talking while eating peanut butter. Even then some of the above listed suffixes don't really flow. I'm leaning towards either ZET or WHL (i.e. Whale) because they seem to flow the best. If I get my app in soon I "might" have the call sign in time for CM08.

Uncle Ben
04-08-2008, 04:00 PM
Good points :thumb: - I also have tried to see how my choices would "flow" and got rid of many that ended up sounding like I was talking while eating peanut butter. Even then some of the above listed suffixes don't really flow. I'm leaning towards either ZET or WHL (i.e. Whale) because they seem to flow the best. If I get my app in soon I "might" have the call sign in time for CM08.


How 'bout K0RSR? 2 silly-bles....ok proper is 5 syls but fun is two

corsair23
04-08-2008, 04:42 PM
Hmmm...See, I hadn't even thought of combining it like that :D - Best I came up with to resemble my screen name was K0COR or K0CSR.

So K0ZET, K0WHL, K0RSR

Hmmm...Now you have me thinking :D

How about......W0RRY - That seems to fit :lol:


EDIT: Never mind...Some yocal in OK has that one already :rant:

Shark Bait
04-08-2008, 04:46 PM
I haven't been able to come up with anything that strikes my fancy. K0CBH is taken. :(

Uncle Ben
04-08-2008, 04:59 PM
I haven't been able to come up with anything that strikes my fancy. K0CBH is taken. :(

K0FSH ;)

corsair23
04-08-2008, 05:29 PM
I haven't been able to come up with anything that strikes my fancy. K0CBH is taken. :(

I've substantiated that I'm not very creative so I'll just list available options with "CBH" :hill:

KA0CBH (expired 8/15/99)
KB0CBH (expired 3/22/98)
KE0CBH | KF0CBH | KG0CBH | KI0CBH | KJ0CBH | KK0CBH
KM0CBH | KN0CBH | KO0CBH | KQ0CBH | KR0CBH | KS0CBH
KT0CBH | KU0CBH | KV0CBH | KW0CBH | KX0CBH | KY0CBH
KZ0CBH

I believe, reading 'da rules (http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.htm?id=amateur&job=call_signs_1), living in CO (region 10) you can have any letter in the 2nd position EXCEPT for 'L' (region 11), 'P' (region 12), and 'H' (region 13).

nakman
04-08-2008, 05:34 PM
Hey I'll get on this.. anyone want to pick one out for me? I have been leaning towards K0NAK, which I believe is available... I really wanted N0KMN but someone took that one :(

I'm all ears though if someone wants to give me some suggestions, and yes Technician level, and unlikely to advance in the near future. I for sure want to have this in place before Rubithon, ideally CM.

corsair23
04-08-2008, 05:46 PM
I have been leaning towards K0NAK, which I believe is available... I really wanted N0KMN but someone took that one

Yep and yep...

Reading the rules it seems like the 2 character prefixes are generally reserved for the higher class license holders but all of us noob HAMs got "KD0" something so I'm thinking the FCC ran out of 1 character prefix licenses. Sooooo...does that open the door to requesting 2 character prefixes like I listed above for Chris :confused:...I don't know...

But if it does, how about "NA0KMN" :thumb:

If you want it in time for CM08 you'll have to hurry...Seems to take about 3 weeks or so...

Hulk
04-08-2008, 06:12 PM
Technician class is eligible for a 1x3 call sign. The FCC assigns 2x3 call signs to everyone, sequentially.

I came up with a list of about 35 call signs that I thought were cute. Most spelled words, with the 0 representing an O. I stuck with the 0 since it does represent the region we are in. I dumped the K.

Here are a few I remember from my list:
N0SFW (not safe for work)
N0DUH
N0OPE

sleeoffroad
04-08-2008, 07:13 PM
Why not K0ZET, that works.

That is why I got K0SLE

corsair23
04-09-2008, 01:20 AM
Why not K0ZET, that works.

That is why I got K0SLE

You read my mind :hill: - I thought about "K0RSR" that UB mentioned but then I remembered back to when I had vanity license plates on my '82 Toy SR5 PU. I wanted "SKI2XS" but it was taken. I settled for "SKINXS" and everyone would ask me what "Skinks" meant wondering if I liked reptiles or something :eek:. I could see it with the vanity HAM call sign of "K0RSR" and people asking me what "coarser" stood for?

Anywho...Application for K0ZET is in so we'll see. I should get it, it is just a matter of when now. FWIW to others looking to do this, I noticed in many cases the "KD0XXX" call sign was available but that the "K0XXX" call sign was not. I dismissed any of my ideas where this was true to avoid confusion with the owner of the "K0XXX" call sign. And, it sounds like per Matt you may not be able to get anything other than a 1x3 vanity call sign anyway? I only question that because Bill was able to get KD0RCH :confused:. Seems to me that if the FCC will grant you a "KD0XXX" call sign then why not a "KA0XXX" or "NA0XXX" call sign? As long as the prefix isn't restricted to a particular region maybe they'd let you have it :thumb:

Hulk
04-09-2008, 09:38 AM
Yes, you can apply for a vanity 2x3 and/or a vanity 1x3 -- on the same application if you're worried that you might not get your first choice.

I don't think I'd get K0XXX though -- people might think you're playing for the other team. :lmao:

http://rustybrain.com/haha/fudge.jpg

corsair23
04-10-2008, 02:27 PM
I don't think I'd get K0XXX though -- people might think you're playing for the other team. :lmao:

:doh:

I just caught on to what you were stating there :eek: :lol:

I should have used a $ or * to indicate just a general format instead of the X. Or, we should be worrying about you reading that in the call sign :hill:



Tim, put in your app with NA0KMN as the first choice and then whatever else you come up with as your other choice/choices. Who knows...If NA0KMN is an invalid choice they'll just move on to your next choices. You can use the ULS or the other site listed in the other thread to see if any of your choices are already being used or being requested. On the other site you can even query call signs with multiple requests. Some call signs have 20+ requests :eek:

If you need help let me know...It seems more daunting than it really is, mostly because you just aren't sure what to put where. The little links they offer to the side on each page with FAQs helped answer most questions I had. What would be really nice is if they offered a "Check this/these callsigns for validity and availabilty link". You can check the later but I have not found anywhere you can check the validity of a call sign.

EDIT: Found this on ARRLs site --> "Extra class type call signs, they can seek a 2x2 or 1x3 call sign (beginning with prefix N, K or W), or a 2x3 call sign (beginning with prefix letter K or W)--FCC call sign Groups B, C or D. General, Technician or Technician Plus class licensees can seek a 1x3 call sign (beginning with prefix N, K or W), or 2x3 call sign (beginning with prefix letter K or W)" :( - Doesn't look like NA0KMN would be valid regardless of license class because the prefix "N" isn't a choice for 2x3 call signs. I'd give it a shot anyway, just don't hold your breath...

Now, I think this horse has been sufficiently beat :hill:

Convert
04-10-2008, 07:50 PM
I keep looking at this thread trying to come up with a vanity call sign for my screen name but the only thing I come up with is K0VRT, I do like the way Kilo zero victor romeo tango rolls off the tongue,but just don't know Any other idea's?
Thanks Dan

nakman
04-10-2008, 11:36 PM
putting the site here, so I don't have to search for it again http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/vanity.html

I like K0VRT, Dan. I think I'm going to go for NN0KMN myself, what do you guys think?

corsair23
04-10-2008, 11:59 PM
I keep looking at this thread trying to come up with a vanity call sign for my screen name but the only thing I come up with is K0VRT, I do like the way Kilo zero victor romeo tango rolls off the tongue,but just don't know Any other idea's?
Thanks Dan

I like K0VRT...Like covert :) - You can be the covert Convert :thumb:

You could be totally absent of uniqueness like me and go with K0DAN (if it ain't already taken) :hill:

corsair23
04-11-2008, 12:06 AM
putting the site here, so I don't have to search for it again http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/vanity.html

I like K0VRT, Dan. I think I'm going to go for NN0KMN myself, what do you guys think?


Tim,

Did you by chance read the bottom of post #16? It doesn't look like you can do a 2x3 call sign when starting off with the "N" prefix...Don't know why as they allow 2x3 call signs that start off with K or W. Look under "What Vanity Call Sign Choices are Available?" on the page you linked to...

I won't even suggest starting of with a K and then 0KMN :lmao:but you could be W0KMN :hill:. If it were me, I'd throw NN0KMN or NA0KMN on the app and then 1 or more of ones you know will work. Who knows, maybe it will slip through. The most that will happen is they will deny/dismiss the first 1 or 2 as being invalid and pick the next available one that is valid. Good luck!

Hulk
04-11-2008, 01:12 AM
Crap, dude. Yours isn't easy at all.

Taken
N0KMN
N4KMN

Available
K0TNK
K0MAN
N0KMA (canceled last year)
N4KFC (do you like fried chicken?)
N4KMZ
NK0MAN (but this may not be an option, as Jeff said)

Uncle Ben
04-11-2008, 08:31 AM
N0LED is still available! ;)

So is M0TIM
as is K0NMN

Romer
06-10-2008, 08:15 AM
K0ROM is now official. That prediction web site was right on the money

corsair23
06-10-2008, 12:24 PM
K0ROM is now official. That prediction web site was right on the money

:thumb:

Hulk
06-10-2008, 04:58 PM
Sounds like a Japanese robot. :D

Romer
06-11-2008, 03:29 PM
So looks like when you change to a vanity, thats a new license and the 10 year clock starts ticking all over.

Hulk
06-11-2008, 03:31 PM
Yes, an added bonus. I got an additional 9 months tacked on from my original license date.

corsair23
06-11-2008, 03:34 PM
So looks like when you change to a vanity, thats a new license and the 10 year clock starts ticking all over.

I didn't think so but looking at mine I guess so...Not a new license per se but more like an early renewal :confused:

EDIT: I need to learn to type faster :D

Romer
06-13-2008, 08:57 AM
k0dor applied for for Rachel.

k0rod is taken, but kd0rod is not for Sarah. See what she wants to do. She though K0lio would be funny "coolio" but its taken

timmbuck2
07-29-2008, 02:17 PM
Kd0tim

:)

Rock Dog
08-03-2008, 12:57 AM
i have not even received a call sign yet and am already looking at Vanity signs... :rolleyes:

I had a long list, but most were only for "extra" licenses, or will not fully expire for some time... I really like Nakman's, Wes's, and Matt's (W0RDY :lmao::lmao:).

These 3 would probably be allowed:
N3ILQ Expired 11/20/2000 (3 being a backward E)
K9ROC (a play on Rock Dog) Bill showed that K9 is available...
N0QIG Expired 12/17/2001

Not sure these are valid unless ameteur Extra:
NE1LQ (NE1L and NE1LL already taken)
NQ0NQ
NQ4WD
NQ2N Expired 10/24/2005

Uncle Ben
08-03-2008, 07:12 AM
[QUOTE=Rock Dog;81792]i have not even received a call sign yet and am already looking at Vanity signs... :rolleyes:

I had a long list, but most were only for "extra" licenses, or will not fully expire for some time... I really like Nakman's, Wes's, and Matt's (W0RDY :lmao::lmao:).




I'm crushed that K0UBN didn't even get honorable mention! :( ;)

Rock Dog
08-03-2008, 12:31 PM
Did'nt mean to leave you out Uncle Ben (and WELCOME BACK!), but you have to admit W0RDY is just plain FUNNY :lmao: I wondered why Matt did not go for K0FAR, but see that Karie got that one .

Wes being able to use his last name W0REK is also pretty cool...:thumb:
your's, Romers, Nakman's, and Bill's new K9BVB are great but Matt's is the most entertaining.

I see from the database that they are up to KD0EVF as Aug 1st.
Kd0evl (evil) may be cool.. :rolleyes:

Romer
08-03-2008, 12:48 PM
Oh and now your forgetting K0DOR (daughterofromer)

Just kidding dude. It was nice hanging with you yesterday

Hulk
08-04-2008, 09:34 AM
Thanks for the props! I'm most impressed with Wes' call sign, actually.

As for Karie's, I had found K0FAR about 6 months before it was going to expire, and had it on my calendar to apply. In the meantime, Karie got interested in ham and started the "Wives' Class," and since her name starts with a K, I thought it even more appropriate for her. So I started searching for other cool call signs.

Here were some others that I considered:

W0SUP (Wha'sup!)
W0KAY
W0WZR
N0XXX
N0OPE
W0TEQ
N0IZY
N0RTH
K0TNT
K0ZIP
K0TXT
N0TME
N0SFW (NSFW)
W0BBB
N0MSG (Because MSG can give you a rash, yo)
N0TEQ
N0DUH (Best said by a teenage girl with attitude: "No Duh, Sherlock!")
N0GOO
K0ZZT (I thought this one sounded cool when said aloud)
N0WTF (WTF, dude?)

Rock Dog
08-04-2008, 12:07 PM
I spent way too much time looking at different combinations..
w8dog
k0ngo
w1mpy
k1ckr
w0lfq
........... and still cannot even transmit yet.

wesintl
08-04-2008, 05:57 PM
........... and still cannot even transmit yet.

check tomorrow (tues) between 4-5... :beer:

ginericLC
08-04-2008, 08:01 PM
I was thinking about the Rallye so decided to check in.

I've thought about it some too.

I wanted N2GIN but it is taken plus it might sound like I'm an alcoholic or something.

Then I thought K7GIN again, taken. 7 is Idahos region.

So then I went to Ws and I could get W7GIN or W2GIN (I think). My dad has a W something call sign from back in 63? I think.

And then I decided that I never use the darn thing. The last time I used it for anything productive was Rubithon 07. Nobody in Idaho has converted to HAM, I've missed the last few CMs and who knows when I'll make it again. So I've decided to stick with the KE7KUL for now. But if any of you have something with GIN in mind that sounds nice let me know, I might reconsider it.

Eric V.

nakman
08-04-2008, 09:56 PM
Eric:
kOvot
g3nrk
g3ner


Neil:
k0rdg
sa4rnr
k0sfa


does anyone know N0IFS? He lives in Golden, got his Extra in March..

Uncle Ben
08-04-2008, 10:38 PM
I was thinking about the Rallye so decided to check in.

I've thought about it some too.

I wanted N2GIN but it is taken plus it might sound like I'm an alcoholic or something.

Then I thought K7GIN again, taken. 7 is Idahos region.

So then I went to Ws and I could get W7GIN or W2GIN (I think). My dad has a W something call sign from back in 63? I think.

And then I decided that I never use the darn thing. The last time I used it for anything productive was Rubithon 07. Nobody in Idaho has converted to HAM, I've missed the last few CMs and who knows when I'll make it again. So I've decided to stick with the KE7KUL for now. But if any of you have something with GIN in mind that sounds nice let me know, I might reconsider it.

Eric V.

Eric, you should ping into CRA's IRLP from your local repeater at 20:00 on Monday nights and chat wit your extended family here in the front range!

Rock Dog
08-05-2008, 01:03 AM
Man, oh man, I should be N2IFS? Yeah, I'm sticking with kilo charlie zero professional engineering goober, tho.

N4IFS
W2IFS
W4IFS
are all open :rolleyes:

wesintl
08-06-2008, 02:31 PM
check tomorrow (tues) between 4-5... :beer:
sorry neil mine came in on a tues, hopefully it'll be posted today

Rock Dog
08-06-2008, 06:43 PM
just checked and do not see any new ones for colorado posted today, mostly Kansas and Missouri.....

wesintl
08-08-2008, 03:38 PM
yer legal KDEXO :thumb:

Rock Dog
08-08-2008, 05:15 PM
Thanks Wes ! it's your birthday, and i am the one who feels like they got the present... :beer2::woot::party:

They did however spell NEIL wrong :rolleyes:

I guess i will call them monday to get that corrected. Also checked my copies of the form just to make sure i did not make the mistake and spell my own name wrong :lmao: it was early after all :rolleyes:

Kilo Delta zero Echo X-ray Oscar

wesintl
08-08-2008, 05:18 PM
The fcc will send you some info and pin in the mail so you can login with your frn. I believe you can change it there along with your address etc. then apply for a vanity if needed. The exo is kinda cool though.

Rock Dog
08-08-2008, 05:28 PM
The fcc will send you some info and pin in the mail so you can login with your frn. I believe you can change it there along with your address etc. then apply for a vanity if needed. The exo is kinda cool though.

They did get the General part right :D
Been reading the book for the Extra class, and man does it have a bunch of stuff. Can't wait to get off work and finish hooking up the antenna to the radio..

Romer
08-08-2008, 06:59 PM
you can find your frn on line and get your pin there to. In the FCC database, look up your call sign.

You can change addresses, maybe correct your name too

ginericLC
08-09-2008, 09:25 AM
Eric, you should ping into CRA's IRLP from your local repeater at 20:00 on Monday nights and chat wit your extended family here in the front range!

Could I do this from Echolink? Anyone know the station ID? I've never even used Echolink but I've had it installed for months maybe even over a year.

nakman
08-09-2008, 09:53 AM
Nice Neil, and that EXO is sweet man you don't need no vanity call. But we gotta tube out the 80 now. :)

Rock Dog
08-10-2008, 03:40 AM
Mike,
per the conversion earlier, what about....
Nr0oot
Nr0ot
kr0ot
wr0ot
WH1TE
Wh1tre
W1mpy

k0trt (n0trt and w0trt are both taken)
k9trt
w8trt

(Km1ke, wm1ke, nm1ke are already taken)

Jethro
08-21-2008, 10:54 AM
Had to get this done before Ouray.

Now it's official.

KD0CXU is now W0JTR.

Uncle Ben
08-21-2008, 04:49 PM
Had to get this done before Ouray.

Now it's official.

KD0CXU is now W0JTR.

very kewl!

Jethro
08-21-2008, 08:17 PM
very kewl!

:kevin:
All you folks been saying how easy it is to change your call sign. It really is a breeze. About 12 bucks and maybe 2 weeks. Having read this thread, I realize the most difficult part is selecting a call sign!:lmao:

Rock Dog
08-21-2008, 08:18 PM
Had to get this done before Ouray.

Now it's official.

KD0CXU is now W0JTR.

kind of like Whoa Jethro..... very cool :cool:

Wiskey zero juliet tango romeo

Kind of tells a story of Romeo and Juliet drinking and dancing... not many call signs can claim that :thumb:

treerootCO
03-12-2009, 01:08 PM
TTT - Applied for K0TRT

MDH33
03-12-2009, 02:42 PM
I was assigned KD0GWM

Darn it. just googled GWM to see if there were any acronyms... :o:p:

Doh! :homer:

guess I need a vanity call sign...

I think KD0MDH might be available. Any other suggestions?

nakman
03-12-2009, 02:55 PM
I'd drop the D, and just do K0MDH if you can.

wesintl
03-12-2009, 03:05 PM
GWM :lmao:

k0mdh

looks like nakman beat me to it.

MDH33
03-12-2009, 03:33 PM
That one is taken already.

Groucho
03-13-2009, 09:52 AM
Meh, leave the vanity calls to the vane Cruisers. Nothing wrong with KD0GWM. 73's, KC0PEG.

While mine is techincally a vanity sign because it wasn't my original (KCTXK), mine has historic and family importance. I am 3rd generation HAM, and one of my grandfather's callsigns was WIIN which is why I chose it. The other one that he had was WDW, but Bruce got that one.

Plus, my callsign is very fast to send in morse code, just an added bonus.

Hulk
03-13-2009, 01:47 PM
I just wanted one that is easy to remember:
WRDY.

Uncle Ben
03-13-2009, 01:52 PM
How could I pass up K0UBN? :rolleyes: It rolls off the tongue so well with a Carmel Macchiato! :rolleyes: :lmao: :bowdown::kevin: Although I have to admit KD0CLY was a pretty easy one it just didn't feel right....

nakman
03-13-2009, 02:02 PM
Yeah, I did it for you, not me... pretty easy to remember NAK, isn't it? What you call vane I call selfless and humanitarian.. :rolleyes: :)

Uncle Ben
03-13-2009, 02:06 PM
Yeah, I did it for you, not me... pretty easy to remember NAK, isn't it? What you call vane I call selfless and humanitarian.. :rolleyes: :)

Thank you....I appreciate your kindness sir! ;) :lmao: Really I do! :thumb::thumb: ;)

nakman
03-13-2009, 02:17 PM
Oh, and same goes for the JDM grab handle, the LED's in the cup holder, the rock lights, heated seats... it's all for you, not me. :D

nuclearlemon
03-13-2009, 04:02 PM
Yeah, I did it for you, not me... pretty easy to remember NAK, isn't it? What you call vane I call selfless and humanitarian.. :rolleyes: :)

thank you...everyone should have vanity signs...i can't remember who you non vain people are:lmao:

timmbuck2
03-13-2009, 04:14 PM
Yeah, I did it for you, not me... pretty easy to remember NAK, isn't it? What you call vane I call selfless and humanitarian.. :rolleyes: :)

exactly...KD0TIM is easy. At the Ham radio shop yesterday when he asked for my callsign, he said :Your name better be Tim!!" :hill:

T

treerootCO
04-01-2009, 03:05 PM
K0TRT was dismissed by the Commission due to defective information or nonconformance with Commission rules.

nakman
04-01-2009, 03:31 PM
K0TRT was dismissed by the Commission due to defective information or nonconformance with Commission rules.

bummer. did you request any alternates?

Groucho
04-01-2009, 03:35 PM
K0TRT was dismissed by the Commission due to defective information or nonconformance with Commission rules.

Try for KCTRT. It might have something to do with the 1 x 3 and the letters.

Karst8835
04-04-2009, 10:18 AM
I received my old call back - K3UGR. Still need to install my FT8800 in my 80.

Jack

Cheeseman
04-04-2009, 02:25 PM
I've been down for the count for the last three days. I didn't realize how important this particular style of Identification is to some of us. All of these ideas are pretty cool. So now that I'm back to snuff. I'll throw my hat in the ring. I would like something to do with Cheeseman but I'm not sure this will be easy. CHZ is hard to say, that rolling of the tongue stuff. This should open up some interesting comments.

Thanks early for your most thoughtful and generous input.
________
BUY BUBBLERS (http://bubblers.net/)

Hulk
04-04-2009, 03:52 PM
All of these ideas are pretty cool. So now that I'm back to snuff. I'll throw my hat in the ring. I would like something to do with Cheeseman but I'm not sure this will be easy.

KH3ESE is available

RicardoJM
04-05-2009, 09:55 AM
I received my old call back - K3UGR.

That is cool, must feel just like old times. :D

treerootCO
04-05-2009, 12:57 PM
I received the letter from the FCC. It states the vanity call sign K0TRT has been denied to the reason below:

Your request for vanity call sign has been denied.

treerootCO
04-05-2009, 02:52 PM
Well, it's brief at least. According to QRZ someone already has that call, fella in Englewood.

http://www.qrz.com/callsign?callsign=K0TRT

Ok, that makes sense....I searched the database before I requested it and, at that time, it was available. It would be funny if his grant date was recent.

wesintl
04-05-2009, 03:43 PM
12/12/2008

http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/license.jsp?licKey=3064009

PabloCruise
03-07-2016, 03:52 PM
I always show up to the cool threads a few years later, so we'll see if anyone responds...

I am thinking about ditching KE0HHW in favor of something more meaningful (although Hotel Whiskey does have a cool sound to it).

It looks like K0TJS is available, TJS being my initials.

I thought K0TNP would also be cool. The :Princess: nickname is P.

K0TLC is not available. :( Beyond the obvious Toyota Land Cruiser connection, it would fit for myself, Leanne, and Cash.

It does look like K0PIG is available, but if I go with the license plate, I am not sure Leanne would want to drive around w/ a "PIG" license plate.

Any other ideas?

nuclearlemon
03-07-2016, 05:20 PM
Ok, that makes sense....I searched the database before I requested it and, at that time, it was available. It would be funny if his grant date was recent.

just used the link to get in to check when i have to renew. k0trt is listed as cancelled now (not active). wonder what it would take for treeroot to get it?

timmbuck2
03-07-2016, 05:37 PM
K0TIM was not available, so I grabbed KD0TIM :)


I always show up to the cool threads a few years later, so we'll see if anyone responds...

I am thinking about ditching KE0HHW in favor of something more meaningful (although Hotel Whiskey does have a cool sound to it).

It looks like K0TJS is available, TJS being my initials.

I thought K0TNP would also be cool. The :Princess: nickname is P.

K0TLC is not available. :( Beyond the obvious Toyota Land Cruiser connection, it would fit for myself, Leanne, and Cash.

It does look like K0PIG is available, but if I go with the license plate, I am not sure Leanne would want to drive around w/ a "PIG" license plate.

Any other ideas?

subzali
03-07-2016, 05:42 PM
I always show up to the cool threads a few years later, so we'll see if anyone responds...

I am thinking about ditching KE0HHW in favor of something more meaningful (although Hotel Whiskey does have a cool sound to it).

It looks like K0TJS is available, TJS being my initials.

I thought K0TNP would also be cool. The :Princess: nickname is P.

K0TLC is not available. :( Beyond the obvious Toyota Land Cruiser connection, it would fit for myself, Leanne, and Cash.

It does look like K0PIG is available, but if I go with the license plate, I am not sure Leanne would want to drive around w/ a "PIG" license plate.

Any other ideas?

KD0WTF looks like it's available ;)

Crash
03-07-2016, 06:17 PM
Keeping it simple to remember, for me and anyone else on the trail with me, seems the way to go. That's why I requested K0OMC and got it. Kay Zero Old Man Crase.

PabloCruise
03-07-2016, 07:16 PM
Are vanity exempt from registration fees?
Page 6 here says "yes", but website is not giving me that...
https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-336304A1.pdf

Crash
03-07-2016, 07:39 PM
http://www.arrl.org/applying-for-a-vanity-call
This is what I used and it was free a few months ago.

PabloCruise
03-08-2016, 10:01 AM
http://www.arrl.org/applying-for-a-vanity-call
This is what I used and it was free a few months ago.

The FCC site asks if you are exempt from fees, but the only choice for both pull-downs is "No". But then, later in the process, the website says no fees are required. I guess it is just an outdated gov't website that may get fixed some year.

Thanks Steve!

PabloCruise
03-08-2016, 10:03 AM
KD0WTF looks like it's available ;)

If I am reading Group C correctly, for Technician in Region 0 (or 10) we can get a single letter prefix of K, N, or W, followed by 0, then a 3 digit suffix.

http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.htm?job=call_signs_1&id=amateur

K0WTF is currently active :D

rover67
03-08-2016, 10:04 AM
Edit: whoops, posted at the same time


whoa KD0WTF is really available? fun.

PabloCruise
03-08-2016, 10:05 AM
Last question for the morning - does anyone know if you have Collectors Plates, will they give you a Collector Plate with your Vanity Call Sign?

K0PIG was cancelled 2 years ago...

PabloCruise
03-08-2016, 10:40 AM
Last question for the morning - does anyone know if you have Collectors Plates, will they give you a Collector Plate with your Vanity Call Sign?

K0PIG was cancelled 2 years ago...

I just checked with the Dep't of Revenue - they will not do Collector Plates with your HAM call sign.

Call sign plates are green/white only.

Although not sure if they would issue K0PIG plates anyway. I know in some states they will not give vanity plates w/ "PIG" on them. Many 55 owners have tried...

DaveInDenver
03-08-2016, 10:52 AM
I just checked with the Dep't of Revenue - they will not do Collector Plates with your HAM call sign.

Call sign plates are green/white only.

Although not sure if they would issue K0PIG plates anyway. I know in some states they will not give vanity plates w/ "PIG" on them. Many 55 owners have tried...
I wonder if the SCL plates would be different, you have to present your FCC license to be eligible and what are they going to say if you have a document that shows this is your call sign?

subzali
03-08-2016, 11:10 AM
If I am reading Group C correctly, for Technician in Region 0 (or 10) we can get a single letter prefix of K, N, or W, followed by 0, then a 3 digit suffix.

http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.htm?job=call_signs_1&id=amateur

K0WTF is currently active :D

You got a two letter prefix when you passed your technician's exam right? So it would seem to me that KD or KE prefixes would still be available as an option, even though Group C doesn't specifically state it. But I haven't looked into the rules. I seem to remember something from way back in 2007 or 2008 that the two letter prefix may not be available for a vanity call sign, but only for an FCC-issued call sign. Which would match up with what Group C is saying.

PabloCruise
03-08-2016, 11:29 AM
I wonder if the SCL plates would be different, you have to present your FCC license to be eligible and what are they going to say if you have a document that shows this is your call sign?

They might! The woman at the Dep't of Revenue was very helpful, and said on the application for plates there is a field to "explain the meaning of the characters you have chosen":

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/DR2810.pdf

I think since the collector plates are not an option, I will stay away from PIG as the call sign plates will go on a different vehicle.

Hulk
03-08-2016, 11:35 AM
I do think K0̸PIG is an awesome call sign. Do you have to stick with the 0̸? Maybe you could get K9PIG, which is even more memorable (and appropriate if you're a lover of dogs).

DaveInDenver
03-08-2016, 11:43 AM
I do think K0̸PIG is an awesome call sign. Do you have to stick with the 0̸? Maybe you could get K9PIG, which is even more memorable (and appropriate if you're a lover of dogs).
It's no longer a requirement that you have to stay within your region, they are portable like phone numbers now. At one time you had to stay within your region's number. I think it's better if you do so other operators know quickly but I'm a traditionalist in this sense. More than a couple of times I've heard a non-zero call sign and think I have just tripped across a good path only to find it's just a transplant across town who kept his call sign. :doh:

Hulk
03-08-2016, 11:55 AM
I stuck with the zero for the same reason, but it also helped me spell my call sign.

timmbuck2
03-08-2016, 12:56 PM
I stuck with the zero for the same reason, but it also helped me spell my call sign.

You and Wes have the best call signs. :)

PabloCruise
03-08-2016, 01:07 PM
I thought K0PIG was pretty cool if I could put the call sign plates on the Pig.
Since I can't do call sign on collector plates, we'll probably put the plates on the 470, which my wife drives.
She was remarkably unenthusiastic about driving around with a license plate that said PIG, can't imagine why? :-) So I am less stoked about K0PIG

K9PIG would be cool, but I also like sticking to "0" for authenticity while living in the region. Since we have a German Shepherd, I checked K9GSD, but of course it was taken.

Interestingly enough, the last person with K0PIG was not in region 0, she was in Iowa (of course). Her original call sign was N3VQA. She got K0PIG in May of 2010, and it looks like she died in January of 2011 :-( FCC cancelled the call sign in Feb of 2014.

Hulk
03-08-2016, 01:36 PM
I thought K0PIG was pretty cool if I could put the call sign plates on the Pig.
Since I can't do call sign on collector plates, we'll probably put the plates on the 470, which my wife drives.
She was remarkably unenthusiastic about driving around with a license plate that said PIG, can't imagine why? :-) So I am less stoked about K0PIG

Are you going to put a mobile radio in the 470 or the 55 or both? I wouldn't put call sign plates on a vehicle with no radio. Besides your wife's lack of enthusiasm, having PIG on a 470 will be weird. I guess what I am trying to say is don't let license plates be an essential requirement. You could get a vinyl sticker or a custom license plate holder for the 55 with K0PIG, and it would be super cool.

timmbuck2
03-08-2016, 02:11 PM
...or K0RUST ;)

PabloCruise
03-08-2016, 04:26 PM
Are you going to put a mobile radio in the 470 or the 55 or both? I wouldn't put call sign plates on a vehicle with no radio. Besides your wife's lack of enthusiasm, having PIG on a 470 will be weird. I guess what I am trying to say is don't let license plates be an essential requirement. You could get a vinyl sticker or a custom license plate holder for the 55 with K0PIG, and it would be super cool.

Good call Matt, no reason to overthink the license plates.
I was thinking I would just stick with the hand-held unit until I get more experience. This would make it easier to go between the LX, Pig and 40 (soon, I swear!).
The LX will probably be the more often used rig for family trail runs based on how much Leanne is digging it!

PabloCruise
03-08-2016, 04:26 PM
...or K0RUST ;)

Shut your mouth! Blasphemy!

Hulk
03-08-2016, 06:43 PM
Good call Matt, no reason to overthink the license plates.
I was thinking I would just stick with the hand-held unit until I get more experience. This would make it easier to go between the LX, Pig and 40 (soon, I swear!).
The LX will probably be the more often used rig for family trail runs based on how much Leanne is digging it!

The handheld units are fine when you're on the trail with a small group, but man, you can't beat the range of an installed mobile unit. The ability to transmit ~30 miles is so useful. I'd encourage you to do a mobile unit in the truck that you'd take on a wheelin' trip.

PabloCruise
03-16-2016, 01:08 PM
The handheld units are fine when you're on the trail with a small group, but man, you can't beat the range of an installed mobile unit. The ability to transmit ~30 miles is so useful. I'd encourage you to do a mobile unit in the truck that you'd take on a wheelin' trip.

Missed this! Yes, Dave and I were talking about the mobile units, and how it is tricky to maintain this capability in multiple vehicles. No way I want to set up mobiles in the 40, 55, and 470. Dave was talking about a cool idea where you create a HAM & CB set-up in an ammo box. Power leads and coax jacks for both radios and you are set. I thought this sounded like the perfect set-up!

timmbuck2
03-16-2016, 01:39 PM
Dave mentioned this at Chinaman's a few weeks ago, but I never took a look. Great idea! We need to see this, Dave!! :)

Missed this! Yes, Dave and I were talking about the mobile units, and how it is tricky to maintain this capability in multiple vehicles. No way I want to set up mobiles in the 40, 55, and 470. Dave was talking about a cool idea where you create a HAM & CB set-up in an ammo box. Power leads and coax jacks for both radios and you are set. I thought this sounded like the perfect set-up!

PabloCruise
03-16-2016, 04:11 PM
Dave mentioned this at Chinaman's a few weeks ago, but I never took a look. Great idea! We need to see this, Dave!! :)

It would be a fun group activity. I forgot, Dave was also talking about a speaker in the front.

DaveInDenver
03-16-2016, 04:22 PM
Ammo can mobiles (called go-boxes usually) are handy but they're almost, if not more, inconvenient than an HT. In an old FJ40 or FJ55 you can find a place to stash it but in less spartan interiors there's nowhere to shove a 50 cal box.

Not to mention one of the main reasons it's suggested to mount a mobile over an HT is to eliminate unsecured mass and the tangle of wires. At least an HT is small and can be sort of used while moving. Think about the logistics of trying to use a mobile radio that's in an ammo can while driving your 100 series. You also need to run heavy cable for a 50W mobile, an HT can generally be safely powered from a cigarette lighter but a mobile will blow the fuse definitely.

People spend more time and money trying not to spend time and money, just get three FT-1900s and be done with it. Hard mounted they can disappear almost anywhere. There are other options, the TM-281 has a front firing speaker and is a little bigger.

DaveInDenver
03-16-2016, 04:35 PM
These are examples. The second one is a 40mm can, so it's pretty big.

46198

Seriously, look at this photo. This is a Kenwood TM-281 and consider how much wasted space there is. You can slip the radio in an armrest console or under the dash very easily.

46199

subzali
03-16-2016, 04:36 PM
Ammo can mobiles (called go-boxes usually) are handy but they're almost, if not more, inconvenient than an HT. In an old FJ40 or FJ55 you can find a place to stash it but in less spartan interiors there's nowhere to shove a 50 cal box.

Not to mention one of the main reasons it's suggested to mount a mobile over an HT is to eliminate unsecured mass and the tangle of wires. At least an HT is small and can be sort of used while moving. Think about the logistics of trying to use a mobile radio that's in an ammo can while driving your 100 series. You also need to run heavy cable for a 50W mobile, an HT can generally be safely powered from a cigarette lighter but a mobile will blow the fuse definitely.

People spend more time and money trying not to spend time and money, just get three FT-1900s and be done with it. Hard mounted they can disappear almost anywhere. There are other options, the TM-281 has a front firing speaker and is a little bigger.

Like.

DaveInDenver
03-16-2016, 04:39 PM
And consider mic cable length and that you'll need to hear the radio, so external speakers or having the radio itself close, especially in the 40 and 55 if you're moving.

Corbet
03-16-2016, 11:19 PM
So what if you wanted a vanity sign that did not start with "K"?

subzali
03-16-2016, 11:24 PM
W1NKS for instance?

Corbet
03-16-2016, 11:30 PM
Well "W" is another USA prefix. So I guess I should have asked what if I wanted a prefix letter that was not assigned to USA?

DaveInDenver
03-17-2016, 07:40 AM
Group C call signs (those for Technician and General) are K-, N-, and W-prefixes for regions 1 through 10. Your vanity call signs can start with any of the prefixes and be from any region in the Lower 48. The second prefix letter can vary as well, either be not present (1x3) or several 2x3 options with a few restrictions.

There are a few reserved ones. Your mailing address must be in Hawaii or Alaska to be assigned or request region 11 (KL, WL, NL) and 13 (KH, WH, NH) call signs. If you live in the Caribbean, region 12, you get KP, WP and NP. The region digit varies within these prefixes in different ways, but these call signs still remain geographically locked.

You can use Group D (Military and Novice) call signs, although there's nothing unique about them practically speaking, other than MARS, but that's not an FCC Amateur service system and the calls are different. They have region digits and the letters have a definition amongst the services, though.

If you get your Extra class ticket you get access to Group A (Extra) and B (Advanced) call signs, which drop the 3-letter suffix requirement and add the A-prefix. Currently A-prefixes are the sequentially assigned ones to new licensees because the system ran dry of 2x2 K-, W- and N-prefixes. They are all almost completely still assigned due to the vanity system, too. Here, again, AH- and AL- are reserved to Hawaii and Alaska Extra class only.

Corbet
03-17-2016, 10:07 AM
so the answer is no? :doh:

DaveInDenver
03-17-2016, 11:41 AM
so the answer is no? :doh:
As Technican, you can use any unassigned combination of 1x3 or 2x3 that starts with K, W, N.

With the following exceptions:

Calls reserved for Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico (K/WL, K/WH, K/WP)
Has suffix "EMA", "SOS", Q-codes (QRA-QUZ)
Has suffix starting with "X" (in 2x3)
Not NA through NZ (in 2x3)
Not WC, WK, WM, WR, WT (in 2x3)
Not KF, NF, WF (in 2x3)

Several are actually valid in 1x2, 2x2 or 2x1 but they'd be reserved to Advanced, Extra, clubs or special stations. Technician will always have 3 letters in the suffix.

PabloCruise
03-17-2016, 04:35 PM
Ammo can mobiles (called go-boxes usually) are handy but they're almost, if not more, inconvenient than an HT. In an old FJ40 or FJ55 you can find a place to stash it but in less spartan interiors there's nowhere to shove a 50 cal box.

Not to mention one of the main reasons it's suggested to mount a mobile over an HT is to eliminate unsecured mass and the tangle of wires. At least an HT is small and can be sort of used while moving. Think about the logistics of trying to use a mobile radio that's in an ammo can while driving your 100 series. You also need to run heavy cable for a 50W mobile, an HT can generally be safely powered from a cigarette lighter but a mobile will blow the fuse definitely.

People spend more time and money trying not to spend time and money, just get three FT-1900s and be done with it. Hard mounted they can disappear almost anywhere. There are other options, the TM-281 has a front firing speaker and is a little bigger.

Good points! From a time/$ perspective I am going to commit to learning how to effectively use the HT I have and go from there...