CQ CQ CQ This is Kilooooo Foxxtrotttt Fivvveee Zuluuuuu Hotellll Juliettttt (emphasis place on the phonetics here so I can get my message across clearly…) is a mouthful!

After reading an article over on the ARRL website “FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee,” I decided to hop on over to the FCC and apply for a vanity call sign this week! There were actually some 1×2 & some 2×1 call signs available for my region, I doubt I’ll get them, so at the very least it will be shortened to a 2×2 call sign, rather than a 2×3 call sign. I only placed about 8 or 9 options on the application, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll get one.

I appreciate my original call sign, but when I’m on the radio, being able to quickly and accurately pronounce a call sign that is easy to say and also easy to understand is important. I find myself repeating my call sign multiple times, (not necessarily due to a bad signal either) so now that it’s free to do so I encourage anyone to apply for a vanity call sign of their choosing!



  1. Just so you know, as a General class licence holder you can only be granted a vanity call sign from Group C (1×3) or D (2×3). If you apply for a call sign in Group A (1×2, 2×1) without an Extra class license or Group B (2×2) without an Advanced class licence at least, they will dismiss them in your list of preferred vanities and move to the next one in the list. This isn't a big deal but it is unnecessary to put those in your list of preferred vanities, because the FCC will never grant them based on the license you currently hold.


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