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A Bit of Fun With Call Letters


PXT

The two characters I had the most trouble with when learning Morse code were P and X.

So then, of course, it makes perfect sense that my original callsign was WNØPXT.

I graduated rapidly to WAØPXT as a General, then Amateur Extra, class licensee.

WAØPXT holds the distinction of being on my 1st set of amateur radio license plates
that adorned my 1st car, a 1967 Austin Healey Sprite.

WAØPXT License Plate
That license plate is on my shack wall to this day.

"Ruggs"

A move from Minnesota to Ohio in 1972 required a new call sign back then.
The "luck" of the draw gave me WB8RGZ, my least favorite.

Lengthy on CW, awkward on phone, they were even the pits on RTTY.
(Where's the damn "Z" key???)

Most of my operation in those days was on 2 meters so I never even printed any QSL cards.

W8HQQ(sk) dubbed me "Ruggs", derived by "pronouncing" R-G-Z.

RC

Fortunately, help arrived in 1976 when the FCC allowed anyone with
an Amateur Extra class license to apply for a callsign of their choosing.

It may surprise you to know that my first choice was W8RC.
Since Len Nathanson, W8RC, and I both applied on the same day, all we can figure is that
his application was higher in the pile of paperwork on some Gettysburg desk than mine was.

Len did point out to me that, while he was probably not the first holder of W8RC,
I should be proud to be the first to hold K8RC.

And I am.

Len has had a long and distinguished career of leadership & service to the hobby.
I'm proud to share a suffix with him.

A Somewhat Important Fact

Your call sign is the most unique thing about you.*
Even your Social Security or phone number might be used to identify someone else in another context.

Your name is especially not unique, either.

ABØMC, K6AII, K8RC, KB3LUC, KB3LZK, KD4AUM, KD8ASZ, KE4RHG, KJ4MEF,
N3LQD, VK1AAK, W2EAL, W5RMC, WB5OLI, WB9SNS and WD6ECH all have something in common.

They are all named Robert Craig.

But by international agreement only K8RC is ME!

*Unless your US call begins with an "N" in which case there might be an aircraft named after you.

In the Log...

Whenever I hear a "counterpart" on the band, I try to work them.

Here is the list so far:

AC4RC
AM8RC
ES4RC   F6ARC   FF6KRC
G4HRC
K4RC  K5RC  K6RC  KØRC  N3RC
NP4RC  OH4NRC  TZ6RC
W7ZRC  W2RC  W9RC  WE4RC
YN8RC

The Magnificent Ten

K1RC
JOHN C. MARCHAND
28 Prides Crossing Road
Dracut, MA 01826

K2RC
ROBERT C. BLATZ
2098 Colerain Rd
Kingsland, GA 31548

K3RC
ROBERT J. JOHNSON
PO Box 248
Stony Ridge, OH 43463

K4RC
WILLIAMSBURG AREA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
PO Box 1470
Williamsburg, VA 23187

K5RC
THOMAS S. TAORMINA
370 Panamint Road
V C Highlands, NV 89521

K6RC
DAVID A. RIETZ
4509 Olivegate Drive
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

K7RC
RADIO AMATEURS OF NORTHERN NEVADA
370 Panamint Rd
V C Highlands, NV 89521

K8RC
ROBERT O. CRAIG
2855 W North Bend Road
Cincinnati, OH 45239

K9RC
ROBERT E. CALLAN
3104 Cedar Ridge Drive
Flower Mound, TX 75022

KØRC
ROBERT J. CHUDEK
32129 Lofton Ave
Chisago City, MN 55013