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

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

  1. Yes

    28.9%
  2. No

    71.1%
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  1. N3RYB

    N3RYB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Got my ticket in 3 land in Pennsylvania. Lived in DC(in 3 land) for several years. I'm in 8 land now, but I'm less than a mile from Virginia(4 land) and about 10 miles from Maryland(3 land). Almost seems like the 3 call is more geographically in place at my QTH than 4 or 8 are.
     
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  2. K8PG

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    Always have had a 8 th area call.
    43 yrs with K8PG .
    Till SK .

    K8PG Paul
     
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  3. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got tired of signing KF6GYM/KH6 pretty quickly when I moved to Hawaii so it wasn't long before I started figuring out what I wanted for a KH6 vanity call. I was still a Tech back then and concentrated solely on 6m dx (which was a good part of why we moved there in the first place). After perusing the phonetics of various possibilities I listed quite a few on my application. I don't quite remember now, but I think NH7TE was my first choice as I liked the sound of "Tango Echo" as well as "Trans Equitorial" (lots of TEP prop in Hawaii!).

    NH7RO ("Radio Oceania" in my mind, "Romeo Oscar" to others) was probably my second or third choice but that is the call I received in March of 2002. I was very happy to finally have both a shorter and true Hawaiian call sign from there on.

    I almost hated the thought of ever giving it up, but as others have already mentioned, the disappointment of stations expecting to work KH6 but finding out they were only working a W5 or dealing with contesting confusion finally convinced me to get a proper 5-land call.

    I did luck out in that regard---twice in a row, receiving my first choice, AJ5J shortly after applying for it. But saying that over and over phonetically turned out to be much more tongue-twisting than I'd expected---so I took a chance on another call with better phonetics a couple of months later---Alpha Kilo Five Bravo, a pretty decent seven syllables, IMO. Despite several others applying for it I lucked out---and will hang onto it for good.

    I must also mention some personal trivia in regards to fictional call signs before I end my rambling here.

    When my sister and I were kids we had some Lafayette CB walkie-talkies that we'd use around our neighborhood when I or my sister would walk her dog to some nearby hilltops.

    While I can't remember her call right now, I do remember "issuing" YVK673 to myself, a fictional call I that is forever stuck in this old codger's brain forever...

    73,

    Jeff

    (ex-YVK673, NH7RO, etc. :D)
     
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  4. W4LJ

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    I was WN8NYK then WB8NYK (WM8G for a while by FCC assignment in 1985) for many years, then using the vanity program, I dropped the "B" for W8NYK (Ohio). A move to "4" land prompted a change to N4NYK since my thinking (My opinion. No longer a requirement) is your call should match your area of residence. Then, since I like CW, I tried for a 1X2 and got it. I still am amazed and astounded that I was randomly selected. I'll think I'll keep it until I'm a SK. (The previous call sign holder shared my first name; cool!).
     
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  5. KG4HRU

    KG4HRU Ham Member QRZ Page

    4... i stay in 4... 4 for life
     
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  6. K8VSY

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    My first call sign was in 8 and I'm still in the 8 area, so when I went to a vanity call sign I decided to keep it to match the area I am in.
     
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  7. KJ5T

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    I lived in 7-land for 7 months but I don't count that, kept my Texas plates/Texas DL so kept my 5-land call (always planned to move back to Texas and maintained a PO Box in Texas).

    Honestly, I will probably be in 5 land most of my life, but if I do move out of the district on a more permanent basis I would consider changing my call but may not. I know I have probably said other things over the years but opinions are subject to change without notice.
     

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