Welcome Forums Newbies? W Call Sign

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    • #3514

      Good day,
      I’m looking for a new call sign. Can a Tech. have a call sign starting with W or is that for clubs and stations only?

    • #3523
      AC2GS
      Keymaster

      Historically, there are four “classes” of call signs available, depending upon your license level. Higher license levels may choose “lower” class level call signs, but not vice versa:

      Group A — Amateur Extra Class
      Contains all K, N and W 1×2, most 2×1 and most “AA-AK” prefixed 2×2 call signs

      Group B — Advanced Class
      Contains most K, N, and W prefixed 2×2 call signs

      Group C — Technician, Tech Plus. & General Class
      Contains all N 1×3 call signs. Unassigned W and K prefixed 1×3 call signs are not issued under the sequential call sign system, but are available under the Vanity call sign system

      Group D — Novice Class
      Contains most K and W prefixed 2×3 call signs. The letter X may not be the first digit of the suffix. No provision has been made for the issuance of AA-AL and NA-NZ prefixed 2×3 call signs and these call signs are not issued to anyone.

      So, the short answer is, yes, you can request a call sign that begins with a “W”.

      73,
      Roy AC2GS

    • #3524
      AC2GS
      Keymaster

      Historically, there are four “classes” of call signs available, depending upon your license level. Higher license levels may choose “lower” class level call signs, but not vice versa:

      Group A — Amateur Extra Class
      Contains all K, N and W 1×2, most 2×1 and most “AA-AK” prefixed 2×2 call signs

      Group B — Advanced Class
      Contains most K, N, and W prefixed 2×2 call signs

      Group C — Technician, Tech Plus. & General Class
      Contains all N 1×3 call signs. Unassigned W and K prefixed 1×3 call signs are not issued under the sequential call sign system, but are available under the Vanity call sign system

      Group D — Novice Class
      Contains most K and W prefixed 2×3 call signs. The letter X may not be the first digit of the suffix. No provision has been made for the issuance of AA-AL and NA-NZ prefixed 2×3 call signs and these call signs are not issued to anyone.

      So, the short answer is, yes, you can request a call sign that begins with a “W”.

      73,
      Roy AC2GS

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