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SK Ham Callsigns

Richard E. Levandowski Jr (T32AI) on March 3, 2004
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Over my 34 yrs hamming I've had friends of many ages and situations as the log pages have turned. I can think back to the 70s when (what I thought were "old guys") fellows were playing around with discrete parts building keyers and such or had the most fantastic basements full of "cool gear". Those were the days too when one could simply knock on the door and express an interest in ham radio and get an instant invite into the "inner sanctum" of the ham shack even though I was but 13 or so.

What I wonder is what with all the vanity licensing and all, re-issues of callsigns, and such is there a place where a "database" of who/when held a callsign from "way back when"? If say, W0TQL is looked up, will Russ's name come up with a write-up on his Air Force MARS years and when he passed on? QRZ.com doesn't show old info like that. Perhaps the FCC has a record of when the call was retired and all but that's about it; those aren't very enlightening. Could there be a callsign "hall of fame" for the SKs of the past somewhere or which could be started?

73 from Radio Rick -- http://www.wh0ai.net/

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SK Ham Callsigns  
by AG4QV on March 3, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
There is an on-going effort to build such a data base. Go to

http://www.vanityhq.com/

and look in the upper right-hand corner.

Unfortunately, it appears that this web-site may cease to operate due to lack of funds. I believe in one of the ARRL emails there was a notice that this site may cease to exist.

de Robert, AG4QV
 
SK Ham Callsigns  
by PA0NMH on March 3, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Had the same experience, when looking trough old QSL-cards in this digital era. When trying to locate those
old 'friends', most of them (80%)are non-existing any more, or their call-signs bear different names on different places. May be it's because I'm of the same era as Rick with the real radio's glowing in the dark, but I think there's nothing wrong with "a Hall of Fame" for SK. Probably QRZ.com has the beste infrastructure, but it will be on voluntary base.

Had a funny experience with Don, G3XTT. Received after nearly 30 years his (e)QSL from our contact in the 1975-PACC-Contest, hi. Retired but still going strong.

73 de Mike, PA0NMH
 
SK Ham Callsigns  
by KD5LJH on March 3, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
wouldn't it be hard, with everyone's opinion leading the way?
 
SK Ham Callsigns  
by W4SK on March 3, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I like it!

73 -de- W4SK
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by KG5JJ on March 3, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
These vanity callsign reissues may be a bit alarming at times. A ham elmer of mine in the early 70s had a distinctive extra class call. I heard it one day, and it wasn't my old friend. I didn't know he had passed away, and his call thrown back in the pot.

Perhaps those with "old" vanity calls should realize that there may be some nostalgic history behind them?

I silently paid tribute to the original owner of that call, and his memory is kept alive by my enjoyment of Amateur Radio...it's what he would have wanted.

73 KG5JJ (Mike)
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by KG5JJ on March 4, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Well...if anyone has the resources to start a Ham Radio "Call of Fame", I'd like to submit my old friend and deceased elmer, Roger Fite, K5GU.

73 KG5JJ (Mike)
 
SK Ham Callsigns  
by KC0IGY on March 4, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
My first antenna was a half-square cut for 17m. I copied the general idea from a CQ article, and adjusted it for 17m. Had a hard time with it initially due to a funky piece of coax. I had it strung between two trees, but also in between 2 houses. Not the best arrangement. My highlight with that antenna was working ZD7, St Helena Island. I was the last one called before he went QRT!

73,

Pierre KC0IGY
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by K9PO on March 4, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
My name is SCOTT not K9PO nor was it KF5JQ or KA9CZZ or JN3XCV or XX9TXW always SCOTT. I am NOT my callsign. I really do not understand why people get so worked up over a couple of letters and numbers, tying their entire existence into a mostly arbitrary conflagration.

Remembering people you met and worked is great but I think defining them entirely by their callsigns lessens the humanity of our acquaintance.


My $.02

Scott
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by KG5JJ on March 4, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
BVDs snugged-up a bit too tightly, Scott? ;-}

73 KG5JJ (Mike)
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by WB4QNG on March 4, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I like the idea. I don't know but after 28 years my call sign and name are kind of alike. I guess like my name that is why I nevered changed it. With all the computer guys out there doesn't look like it would be that hard. Just have a site and list the call and the name. I am sure people would argue about it though.
WB4QNG
Terry
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by PA0NMH on March 4, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
You're right Scott but there's nothing wrong having an unique identifier for planes, ships, groundstations and radio-amateurs. For me as a little boy a dream has come true and it wasn't that easy. (using also Morse under water, hi)
73 PA0NMH (Mike)
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by N9AVY on March 4, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Believe the FCC defines the callsign as belonging to the station and NOT the operator.

But what the heck, callsigns & operators are usually inseparable anyhow. We tend to be known by our callsigns better than our names. Why at the local club meeting I heard the call "K9PO" and it immediately brought to mind that troublemaker, Scott, hi!

Jerry, N9AVY
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by K5CEY on March 4, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Well, I've had the same call sign for 49 years. It's an original issue and my name is not. There's thousands of other Johns out there.I am the only person in the whole world who has ever been identified as K5CEY.
I think that makes my call pretty special.
John K5CEY
 
SK Ham Callsigns  
by WA0EAJ on March 5, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Well, I'm WAĜEAJ - "Electric Apple Juice"... I got the Novice in 1962, and got the "A" in the General. Kept it with the Advanced & Extra. Actually worked within 10 feet of WĜEAJ at the old Burstein-Applebee in KC, so although a vanity call would be neat (and I'm worthy), old Whiskey Alpha Zero Electric Apple Juice is MINE... always has been, and figuring that nobody wants a 2-by-3, it'll most likely die with me. Yes, in this hobby the callsign is sort of an identity... less so than before all the vanity calls, but never-the-less unique to ONE PERSON IN THE WORLD. Nobody else has it. 73 TCD
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by AE6IP on March 5, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I'd rather it just be a ham hall of fame. Honor the individual, not the random string of characters they were once assigned.

That said, I think a hall of fame would be a great addition to amateur radio.
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by K5CEY on March 5, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
WA0EAJ,
I wish BA could somehow return. I've got a couple old Burstein Applebee catalogues from the Fifties. Weren't they on McGee street in KC? Between them and Allied's special flyers, there were some real neat bargains to be had. My last purchase from BA was an ElectroVoice microphone stand in about 1972.
John
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by AE4X on March 5, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Nice idea
 
RE: SK Ham Callsigns  
by N3TNQ on March 6, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Well, I've had the same call sign for 49 years. It's an original issue and my name is not. There's thousands of other Johns out there.I am the only person in the whole world who has ever been identified as K5CEY.
I think that makes my call pretty special.
John K5CEY

:)
Very well put. There are thousands of Howards out there and even more thousands of Watsons, but I like knowing that I am the ONLY N3TNQ. If an old friend wants to find me, it would be hard to do by my name, but not by my callsign

Howard
 
SK Ham Callsigns  
by KG0LM on March 12, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
My dad's callsign was 2ACP.

He was shut down by the Brooklyn Navy Yard at the start of WW1. Not enough spectrum for the goverment and hams at war time. I guess a spark coil bandwidth is pretty wide!

He did mostly ship to shore QSL's. Anyone in his apartment knew is was keying, when the lights started dimming. He blamed his lifelong hard of hearing on the headsets. He also claimed to have "A tube " for one of the first voice stations in NYC.

SK - James F. B. Zweighaft MD (2ACP) 1898-1971
 
SK Ham Callsigns  
by SONOFW1MR on March 12, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Although I am not a ham, I have been looking for a call sign data base of former hams for many years. In my youth I spent many enjoyable hours with my dad in his radio room. He had been bitten by the radio bug when he was 10 years old and on the air CW around 1915, before licensing was required. He added AM in his late teens and was one of the first in the US to get an amateur license, W1MR. In the 30s he got his First Class Radio Telephone license and worked as a radio operator on a Ford Motor Co. ship. During WWII he was on the staff of the Navy's Radar School at MIT. And during the 50s he was active in the communications section of our local Civil Defense in Watertown, MA. It operated under his license. I would like to see his name listed beside his call, along with the others who called it their own through the years.

73s,
Jim, son of W1 Miget Radio
 
SK Ham Callsigns  
by WN4DEM on March 13, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Yes there were many a helpful ham, in my past 44 years as a ham. Especially W4KBM Bob of Largo Florida back in 1959, he sort of befriended me a neophyte to radio and showed me what s.w.r was and how good the cubicle quad antenna was on 20 mtrs. Maybe some day I will be allowed to erect one on my lot, unfortunately homeowners rules don't like the idea of a tower...'Bob may be gone but not my warm memories of him..73s..Don
 
SK Ham Callsigns  
by W4YA on May 18, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
The FCC has no database of old call signs. They use old Callbooks!
 
SK Ham Callsigns  
by KA4VVC on August 25, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Yes! It would be nice to be able to look up old callsigns and who these calls were assigned to. The very first Ham staion I ever saw belonged to my friend's father and the callsign was W1AMI. I've had limited success finding more about the radio pioneers and their old callsigns by scanning through old copies of QST or CQ magazines.
I'm sure that as technology permits, all the old callbooks will be available for viewing on the internet.
I guess the most troubling part of amateur radio today is the need to have a computer for callsign lookups etc. Unfortunately, amateur radio has fallen into the computer's shadow where even QSOs are high speed and QSL cards are rare.

73 de KA4VVC, Panama City, FL
 
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