Forgot Password? The FCC offers amateur licensees the opportunity to request a specific call sign for a primary station and for a club station. A call sign is selected by the FCC from a list of call signs requested by the licensee or license trustee. Military recreation stations are not eligible for a vanity call sign. A Vanity call sign is a special Amateur Radio call sign specifically chosen by a person or club who is currently an Amateur Radio licensee similar in purpose to Vanity license plates on cars.
You can pick your own ham radio call sign within certain limits, of course. Short call signs and ones that seem to spell words are highly sought. Many hams enjoy having calls made up of their initials. Come up with at least two candidate call signs before you file an application. That way, if your first choice is unavailable, you still have options. WM7D call-sign database offers a good search function that allows wildcard characters, which speeds your search for that perfect call sign.
You can pick your own ham radio call sign within certain limits, of course. Short call signs and ones that seem to spell words are highly sought. Many hams enjoy having calls made up of their initials.
Amateur radio call signs are allocated to amateur radio operators around the world. The call signs are used to legally identify the station or operator, with some countries requiring the station call sign to always be used and others allowing the operator call sign instead. The International Telecommunication Union ITU allocates call sign prefixes for radio and television stations of all types. Since these have been used to uniquely identify operators and locate amateur stations within a geographical region or country of the world.