A Bit of Fun With Call Letters
PXTThe 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
"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.
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.
RCFortunately, 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.
Len did point out to me that, while he was probably not the first holder of W8RC,
And I am.
Len has had a long and distinguished career of leadership & service to the hobby.
A Somewhat Important FactYour 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.
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:
The Magnificent Ten