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Author Topic: Anyone have a WPE Call Sign?  (Read 165599 times)
ONAIR
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« on: December 04, 2011, 11:28:26 PM »

  I remember way back in the day (1960s), Popular Electronics magazine issued WPE call signs to readers who were SWLs.  Did anyone else get (or still remember) them?
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K0OD
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2011, 09:14:52 AM »

I never had one but they were a brilliant marketing idea by Popular Electronics Magazine. I think you'll still find a few SWLs online signing posts with their old WPE-type call letters with great fondness. They were similar to the SWL calls officially issued by some European countries then.

I understand that they also confer transmitting authority on one or two fixed channels on 20 meters.  Smiley

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ONAIR
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2011, 09:18:44 AM »

I never had one but they were a brilliant marketing idea by Popular Electronics Magazine. I think you'll still find a few SWLs online signing posts with their old WPE-type call letters with great fondness. They were similar to the SWL calls officially issued by some European countries then.

I understand that they also confer transmitting authority on one or two fixed channels on 20 meters.  Smiley


    Interesting.  I just did a search on Google for WPE call signs, and found a number of very interesting websites!
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WA2ONH
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011, 07:09:56 PM »

Back in January 1960 Popular Electronics issued me WPE2CJJ and by 
August, 1960 the FCC issued a Novice Ticket for WV2ONH

Well, at age 13, when I found out that I could transmit with a
ham license ... and the rest was history! (and so much fun!)
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73 de WA2ONH dit dit    ...Charlie
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K5WLR
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2011, 06:35:07 PM »

WPE4KKE  Grin

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KS2G
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2011, 06:39:38 PM »

WPE2GAT

Wasn't a ham back then.

Got a photo of my shack into the May, 1967 edition of the magazine.

73,
Mel - KS2G
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SWMAN
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2011, 07:42:32 PM »

I wasn't a ham back 20 years ago when I got the call KTX5JE.
Lots of SWL ing back then. I had QSL cards from all over the world.  73 Jim W5JJG
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ONAIR
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2011, 12:38:29 AM »

WPE2GAT

Wasn't a ham back then.

Got a photo of my shack into the May, 1967 edition of the magazine.

73,
Mel - KS2G
   Nice!  Are old issues of the magazine archived online?
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KI4ZCF
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2011, 09:15:42 AM »

Yes  I had a Popular Electronics call sign...WPE6BPV and now I am KI4ZCF....I dont know why I can still remember that old callsign..I wish I still had the certificate...I understand that Pop Comm is thinking about issuing WPE call signs again..I wish I could still get my old call back with a WPE4 instead of a WPE6....73 de KI4ZCF....
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KE9PP
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2011, 09:22:27 AM »

I did, I was/am WPE9AOP.

I too investigated the WPE program on the internet and found that some guy is selling customized duplicate replacement WPE certificates on flea-bay.  It is item number 250914475594.

For those interested, this is the URL: http://www.ebay.com/itm/250914475594?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

73
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WB9CTP
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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2011, 03:50:04 PM »

Yes !  I was (and, I guess, still am) WPE0CKG.  I was proud of that call
as a young kid in IOWA.  Within a year or two, I got my ham ticket WN0GJL
and later WA0GJL. 

Thanks,
Ron Ross
WB9CTP
Bloomington, Illinois
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KS2G
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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2011, 04:33:10 PM »


[/quote]   Nice!  Are old issues of the magazine archived online?
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I'm not aware of any on-line archive.
A friend who picked-up a bunch of old copies at a flea market happened to acquire the issue in whihc the picture of my listening shack appeared, so I have a scan of it.

Looking for a place to frame and display it among all my contest certificates.

73,
Mel - KS2G

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W5GNB
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2011, 04:13:43 PM »

I was (and still am) WPE5DTK.  I still have my "License" and it is in perfect condtion, just like the day I got it in the mail HIHI!!!

Gary - W5GNB
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KB0XR
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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2011, 07:36:08 AM »

WPE0BO waaay back when.  I saved my certificate but it got lost in my last move.  I also was contributor  to the shortwave editor Hank Bennett W2PNA and still have a thank you post card from him dated Jan 3-1960.

KB0XR Bob in Minnesota
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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2011, 08:15:53 PM »

WPE8EUM - See:  http://webpages.charter.net/aj8mh-radio/qslindex.html
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