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Author Topic: when did the FCC issue 1x3 cals?  (Read 6685 times)
N8LTD
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« on: June 23, 2014, 09:18:17 AM »

Thses days so many of the 1x3's are being taken with the vanity program. When were the 1x3 K calls issued? And 1x3 N?
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KF7CG
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2014, 12:34:08 PM »

Quick guess, 50's and 60's with some going in 70's. Just when the last 1x3 calls went away depends on license class and license class population in a call district. Until  vanity licensing even 1x2 calls would sometimes be had when one change location into a lesser populated call district.

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W3HF
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2014, 04:39:31 AM »

There are different answers for the different prefixes.

- The first W 1x3 callsigns were issued on 1 October 1928. Exactly. But that's a little disingenuous, as the W prefix was first authorized on that date. "0x3" calls (starting with the numeral) were issued at least as far back as the early 1920s, and perhaps into the 19-teens, starting when all of the "0x2" calls in a district were used.

- Prior to WWII, the K 1x3 calls were used for the territories, e.g., K6 for Hawaii and Pacific islands, K7 for Alaska. Not long after WWII (1947 I think), the territories were changed to two-letter prefixes (KH6, KL7, etc), reserving the single-letter K prefix for the lower 48.

- The first K 1x3s in CONUS appeared in the early 1950s. (I don't think any showed up before 1950, but I haven't confirmed that by looking at the callsobooks.) Their introduction into each district depended on how long it took for all the W 1x3s to be used up. My recollection is that the second and sixth districts would have been the first to use it.

- The N 1x3s weren't issued until the late 1970s, when the current Group A/B/C/D structure was established. FCC wanted a block of never-before-issued calls for Group C, instead of re-using the W and K 1x3s.
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W3HF
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2014, 05:23:32 PM »

...callsobooks...

Not sure how that typo got in there, but it was supposed to be "callbooks" or maybe "old callbooks".
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W2EJG
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2014, 08:31:16 AM »


In 1951 I received my call, which I understood was a reissued call. Others of my friends received calls in later sequence, ex: W2Pxx. Thus, the 1x3 predated the 1950s especially in the second call area. BTW there were only 9 call areas in the continental US

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W3HF
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2014, 09:54:15 AM »

In 1951 I received my call, which I understood was a reissued call. Others of my friends received calls in later sequence, ex: W2Pxx. Thus, the 1x3 predated the 1950s especially in the second call area.

Yes, I neglected to note that the FCC re-issued as many W 1x3s as they could before moving to the K 1x3s. You can follow the progression of assignments (i.e., how deep into the alphabet) in the callbooks, and all of the W2 1x3s had been issued at least once by the 1950s. Your re-issue in 1951 indicates that they had not (yet) moved to the K prefixes as of then.

BTW there were only 9 call areas in the continental US

That was true up through 1945. But the tenth district was added in 1946, the same time that the territories moved from single-letter K prefixes to two letters.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2014, 06:17:47 PM »

With respect to W3HF...The first stateside K 1x2 and 1x3 calls were issued in the 1940s to Military stations.  The first individual K 1x3 calls were first issued in the 9th call area in 1947 (K9AAA, for example).  Check your Winter 1947 Callbook to verify.  Also, the first (0) x3 calls were issued in 1913.  I have a copy of Electrical Experimenter from 1913 listing new amateur calls, and they included 2-area 3 letter calls.  The first K2 and KN2 calls were issued in 1952.  These were re-issued in late 1957 concurrently with unassigned W2 and WN2 calls.  K2 and W2 calls were later issued from unassigned calls, only in the '60s and '70s when a licensee changed a previous 1x3 call to get another one.  Same applied in other call areas.  The 2-letter calls are another story.  The first individual K2 2 letter calls were also issued in the late 1940s, as replacements for those who had held a 2 letter call years before, if the W equivalent was unavailable.

Fred W2AAB
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W3HF
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2014, 05:19:40 PM »

Fred:

- You're right, some K 1x2s and 1x3s were issued to stateside military stations. I was speaking only of individuals (though that wasn't clear).
- Thanks for the note on the K9 1x3s in 1947.
- Thanks also for the specifics on when the 0x3s first showed up.

I was working from memory when I posted that information, so I didn't have access to all the details.

Steve
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K6AER
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2014, 08:31:33 AM »

My grandfather received his 1X3 call (K6AER) in California right after the war ended. I received his call under the new relative vanity program in 1997.
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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2014, 07:29:21 PM »

My grandfather received his 1X3 call (K6AER) in California right after the war ended. I received his call under the new relative vanity program in 1997.

I guess it depends on your definition of "right after."

I just checked, and the first K6 1x3s issued to individuals in California (as opposed to military stations, or stations on the Pacific islands) showed up in the Spring 1953 callbook, starting with K6AAA. But that book only made it to ABO. AER wasn't listed until the Summer 53 book, and technically it was KN6AER. Your grandfather (Frank G. Martin, 217 West Wedgewood St, San Gabriel) was a Novice for a few months before upgrading--he's K6AER in the Winter 53 book.
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W5HEH
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2014, 08:47:58 PM »

K3HF, could you look up around 1938 my call W5HEH, was my uncles in MISS.
Thanks, 73s , AJ



My grandfather received his 1X3 call (K6AER) in California right after the war ended. I received his call under the new relative vanity program in 1997.

I guess it depends on your definition of "right after."

I just checked, and the first K6 1x3s issued to individuals in California (as opposed to military stations, or stations on the Pacific islands) showed up in the Spring 1953 callbook, starting with K6AAA. But that book only made it to ABO. AER wasn't listed until the Summer 53 book, and technically it was KN6AER. Your grandfather (Frank G. Martin, 217 West Wedgewood St, San Gabriel) was a Novice for a few months before upgrading--he's K6AER in the Winter 53 book.
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