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  VANITY CALL SIGNS 

  Everything You Wanted To Know

  And A Few Things You Need To Know 

Call Signs are FUN!

Our call signs are how we are known to our fellow hams, and in many cases the most important way we are known. Your call sign is unique - and unless you already have a vanity call, it was probably assigned to you sequentially by the FCC ULS system based on your initial license class and when you first licensed. So, do you LIKE it? Many hams do, and that is a very good thing. But others would like to have something so important as their call sign personalized for them. Maybe a call that was once held by a relative or your mentor or Elmer, or a call that contains your initials, or some other combination of letters and a numeral that is significant to YOU.

Vanity call signs are a call sign that you request and are granted by the FCC, within their standard call sign requirements based on your license class, which calls are available and in a some cases where you live.

There are many THOUSANDS of call signs available if you would like to select your own! Here are some examples based on your license class:

As mentioned above, here are a few things you need to know:

Interested in learning more? Use the information and links attached to help you decide!
  1. Come up with a list of 1 to 25 calls you are interested in based on your personal preferences and interests
  2. Use the AE7Q web site to enter your calls, one at a time, into the field titled "Show License, Trustee and Application History". The result returned will show whether the call you are interested in is available now, available at a later date, or already in use. NOTE - some calls are reserved for amateurs with mailing addresses in Alaska, Hawaii or the Pacific territories, and Puerto Rico and the Caribbean territories. Others are restricted by the FCC . Review the FCC Amateur Call Sign Allocations document for more information.
  3. Use the FCC ULS to submit your vanity application and list 1 to 25 calls in your order of preference. If at least one of your calls is available at the time you submit your application, you will be awarded a new vanity call in 19-21 days. NOTE - if two or more amateurs request the same vanity call on the same date, the FCC will awards it to whichever application is randomly selected first to be processed without regard to the time the applications were filed.
Still have questions? Feel free to reach out to me at my email address Good luck finding a great call, and 73!

FCC Amateur Radio Call Sign Allocations

Tad Danley, K3TD (previously K1UM, K3TD, NZ3I, KB3PF, WA3TGR)

Group A - Amateur Extra Class

Primary stations licensed to Amateur Extra class operators.

RegionPrefix Letters in Suffix
1-10 K, N, or W, and two letter suffix; 2
two letter prefix with first letter A, N, K, or W 1
two letter prefix with first letter A 2
11 AL, KL, NL, or WL 1
12 KP, NP, or WP 1
13 AH, KH, NH, or WH 1

Group B - Advanced Class

Primary stations licensed to Advanced class operators.

RegionPrefix Letters in Suffix
1-10 Two letter prefix with first letter K, N, or W 2
11 AL 2
12 KP 2
13 AH 2

Group C - General, Technician, and Technician Plus Classes

Primary stations licensed to General, Technician, and Technician Plus class operators.

RegionPrefix Letters in Suffix
1-10 K, N, or W 3
11 KL, NL, or WL 2
12 NP or WP 2
13 KH, NH, or WH 2

Group D - Novice, Club, and Military Recreations Station

Primary stations licensed to Novice class operators, and for club and military recreation stations.

RegionPrefix Letters in Suffix
1-10 Two letter prefix with first letter K or W 3
11 KL or WL 3
12 KP or WP 3
13 KH or WH 3

The following call signs are not available for assignment:
  1. KA2AA-KA9ZZ, KC4AAA-KC4AAF, KC4USA-KC4USZ, KG4AA-KG4ZZ,
    KC6AA-KC6ZZ, KL9KAA- KL9KHZ, KX6AA-KX6ZZ;
  2. Any call sign having the letters SOS or QRA-QUZ as the suffix;
  3. Any call sign having the letters AM-AZ as the prefix (these prefixes are assigned to other countries by the ITU);
  4. Any 2-by-3 format call sign having the letter X as the first letter of the suffix;
  5. Any 2-by-3 format call sign having the letters AF, KF, NF, or WF as the prefix and the letters EMA as the suffix (U.S Government FEMA stations);
  6. Any 2-by-3 format call sign having the letters AA-AL as the prefix;
  7. Any 2-by-3 format call sign having the letters NA-NZ as the prefix;
  8. Any 2-by-3 format call sign having the letters WC, WK, WM, WR, or WT as the prefix (Group X call signs);
  9. Any 2-by-3 format call sign having the letters KP, NP or WP as the prefix and the numeral 0, 6, 7, 8 or 9;
  10. Any 2-by-2 format call sign having the letters KP, NP or WP as the prefix and the numeral 0, 6, 7, 8 or 9;
  11. Any 2-by-1 format call sign having the letters KP, NP or WP as the prefix and the numeral 0, 6, 7, 8 or 9;
  12. Call signs having the single letter prefix (K, N or W), a single digit numeral 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and a single letter suffix are reserved for the special event call sign system.

FCC Amateur Radio Call Signs links of interest: