Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Vanity callsign

Unlike the FCC, Malaysian ham radio operators can choose their own vanity callsign without extra charges as long as it is not taken by anyone. First come first serve. FCC requires you to pay some premium which I think is still affordable. Here are some that I thought of and could be used as a reference:

India Lima Yankee - I Love You
Mike Bravo Foxtrot - My Best Friend
Bravo Mike Golf - Be My Guest
Mike Tango Tango - Mou Tak Ting (Cantonese)

There are also people who prefer vanity callsign like LUV, FUN, ETC, IBM, FAT, and so on... As far as I know, WIN, ACE, EAT, and of course, CPU have been snapped up. Anyway, Sierra Echo X-ray will not be issued as this is mentioned in one of the documents on the tuck shop website. I would also think that people at the tuck shop will not issue callsigns like PAS, DAP, PKM, ASS, TIT, FUK and those with political, religious, race, sexual and negative connotations. For a Cantonese guy, TNS and LLM should be avoided at all cost, while a Hokkien guy should stay away from KNN or TLP. A grey one here, WTF which could represent World Taekwondo Federation or something else. So, think and ask those old hams before submitting the form.

On the other hand, new kids out there has to be careful too. If one is going to apply for OSO, think twice. Oscar Sierra Oscar is innocent enough but when you read the letters, it will sound like Old Ass Hole. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Happy hamming and 73!


At 10:24 PM, Blogger Finn said...

TTL - Tua Tiao Liao (Big Trouble!)
KHL - Ki Ho lan (Gone Timbuktu)

So the best, don use any call sign...

At 10:49 PM, Blogger upside_downside said...

hey, don't fret guys!

the latest dumb thing the tuck shop has done was to allow callsign changes! Just imagine, I can change my callsign anytime I like if I can get the tuck shop to buy it!

So those stuck with any callsigns they had initially chosen can now heave a sigh of relief as there is still hope in this stupid system.....

GTO - Gian Thau Ong
KBL - Kong Beh Liao

Hahaha - enjoy........


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