I don't want to known as a ham so I would never dream of getting a vanity plate. You've got to realize that today's thieves are very sophisticated so if they happen to see a vanity plate with an amateur radio call on it and they happen to be to the mood for some two way radio adventure they can easily target your vehicle. Also, all the guys I know who have their call signs on their license plates are usually the biggest blow hards. Since I don't want to associate with such crass chubbly wubblies I also don't want to follow in their footsteps and have my call sign on my license plate. Perhaps my attitude seems to divert from the spirit of ham radio. Well perhaps it does because I find most of the ham radio guys I know on the air and in person have this weirdness that I never ascribed to. Such as the following traits (sorry if this reads as a stereo type): Fat, unfit, old, slightly demented, hoaders, grouchy, self centered, ego centric without any credible reason to be so, know it alls, tough speaking testosterone free, and no real relationships. When I look back at over nine years of ham radio experience I realize that I had a totally different expectation about ham radio when I got into it. Although I have carved out a small defined group of people that I relate to, the majority of hams follow the above traits. On the subject of following ham radio trends, I freely admit that I have no interest to migrate to Dayton like the rest of the lemmings for the experience of going to the biggest garbage dump and radio flea infested hamfest in the world. So again, no thank you to ham vanity license plates.
Wow. Really? I'm sorry you feel that way.
Maybe you should just let your license lapse and walk away if it bothers you that much.
The biggest shame of it all is that you obviously haven't had the pleasure of associating with the same group of hams I have.
This is a group I am proud to be a part of.
In my experience, over the past 38 years, I have found amateur radio to be a grand fraternity.
No matter where you go, you can find someone with whom you share a common interest.
I've met some of the best and nicest people from all walks of life through this hobby.
Hams are just like everyone else for the most part. They will tend to treat you the way you treat them.
Oh sure, there are some hams who resemble your stereotype. But certainly not all of them.
In fact, I'd say your stereotype fits a only small minority of hams.
You can sit home and sulk if you want to.
As for this lemming, I'm going to Dayton in about 2 weeks.
And I'm going to have a great time at Hamvention, no matter what happens.
Because I have decided that is what is going to happen.
Heck you can almost work DXCC in the lunch room WITHOUT a radio.
And, I will be proudly sporting call letter plates on my car.
Boogity, Boogity! .....Road Trip!!!
73 de N8AUC