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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. KK9W

    KK9W Ham Member QRZ Page

    CW sending speed. A zero takes the most time to send, so they pick a call with a 5 or 4.

    At 25 WPM it takes nearly 1 second to send a zero, where it takes less than half that to send the number 5. Over the long haul of a contest you can work more stations by reducing the needed time for calling and exchange.

    For me in 4 land, where competition for any extra class call is fierce, I didn't want to spend what time on Earth I have left waiting for something that I even halfway liked phonetically to become available and then lose the lottery and start over again and again. When I was in the running even crappy calls had upwards of 30 applicants. I was the one and only applicant for this call.
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  2. WG7X

    WG7X Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Been a ham for 3.4 decades. during that time, I operated from 4 land and 6 land. Never changed my call because I knew that those moves were temporary. Living on the east coast for a year was an eye opening experience! All that juicy DX right on my proverbial doorstep!

    Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean right there and easy-peasy! Really spoiled me... Only confusion came when working DX or contests. Most commonly when working DX. Should I call when the DX station is looking for 7 land or 4 land? Gotta admit, I took advantage from time to time to out gun my 7 land compatriots to work some DX! All's fair in war and DX!

    But I never considered living in 4 land for a longer time. It was back to the west coast for me! I really had a hard time operating from California. Apartment living is not good for ham radio. I used to get in my truck and go down to the beach and work JA's until I got tired! No more EU / AF/ SA / ext, etc... Just Asia, Asia, Asia and the occasional VK /ZL...

    Funny how that works out, huh? East coast wants to work Asia and west Coast wants to work EU... How about the folks in the great flyover zone?
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  3. KP4SX

    KP4SX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I kept my 4-land call (WX4A) for many years after moving to PR but I finally got tired of signing /KP4. I hated to give it up but it didn't make sense to keep it. I don't foresee ever returning.
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  4. N0NC

    N0NC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Out here in fly over land, it can be hard to get through the aluminum curtains on both coasts.
    73, Chuck
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  5. WG7X

    WG7X Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks Chuck... For me, it's been wire antennas ever since the first move to North Carolina in the 1990's. Have been at the current location for almost 30 years and still have only wire... I need to get some aluminum in the air!
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  6. N1EN

    N1EN Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    One day I will probably move to 4-land. However, I like the way my call sounds in CW too much to give it up.
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  7. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Always had an "8" call, but I lived in Chicago a few years to go to school. Operated as WA8AFS/9 when I had a rig and antenna set up.
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  8. K7MEM

    K7MEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I lived in NJ (1965), I had a "2" call. But I moved to "7" land (Arizona) and had a new call sign generated. Then I did some field work in Germany. Because my address was APO NY, I went back to a "2" call sign. Even though I really used my German call sign (DA2EU). When I went back to Arizona I, again, switched my call sign to a "7" call. Then, in 1999, I upgraded to Extra and obtained my current vanity call sign. Now I live in Michigan and have no intention of changing to a "8" call.

    In 1999, it was easy to get a descent vanity call. But that was before they did away with the Morse tests. Now, it's just too much work to try to get a good call sign. I like my call and don't want to lose it.

    Updating your zone number hasn't been required for around 30 years. Whatever a ham decides to do, is all that matters. "7" land runs from the Canadian border to the Mexican boarder, so good luck on aiming your beam. It's easier to just look them up on QRZ.
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  9. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Pretty much the same here.
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  10. N5CM

    N5CM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was born, raised, and educated in the W5 call area. I worked in Chicagoland for three and one half winters, but I knew I would be returning to W5 and kept my call. When I upgraded and got a vanity call, I kept the 5 designation.

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