A first time licensed
Technician Class amateur initially receives a sequentially issued
2-by-3 format station call sign. 2-by-3 means the call sign has
two prefix letters, one numeral and three suffix letters ...such
as KA7XXX. You don't get to choose the call sign.
Once you have been assigned a call sign you can trade it in for a
specific 1-by-3 format call sign meaning one letter, either K, N
or W, one numeral - zero through nine and three suffix letters of
your choosing under the new Vanity Call Sign System. A few
"N" calls are available.
Technicians and General Class amateurs also may select a new
1-by-3 call sign. (Read the Vanity call sign Frequently Asked
A very good Vanity call
sign search resource is RadioQTH.Net located at: www.radioqth.net. This website lists immediately
available, soon to be available call signs and predicts filing
winners based on filed applications for any given call sign. We
can do all the research for you ! Just provide us with the calls
that are acceptable to you on your application and we will
contact you with what is actually available for assignment based
on your class of license.
Advanced Class and Extra
Class amateurs qualify for even shorter call signs.
Advanced can choose any available 2-by-2 call sign beginning with
KA-KZ, NA-NZ or WA-WZ.
Extra Class qualify for available 1-by-2, 2-by-1 and 2-by-2 call
signs beginning with AA-AK. (Read the Vanity call sign Frequently Asked
Let your call sign lapse
and lost your call sign during the last 2 years? If your old call
sign has not been re-issued, the chances are good that you can
get it back ! And we may be able to document that you did indeed
hold a particular call sign if you do not have evidence. (Read the Vanity call sign Frequently Asked
We can help! Anyone can
change their call sign at any time. The format of the call sign
you qualify for is determined by your license class. The higher
your license class, the shorter the call sign you are able to
obtain. (Read the Vanity call sign Frequently Asked