I received my vanity call sign today: KØRRX.
It was one I had already picked out before my systematically assigned call sign (KDØSFJ) was given to me by the FCC. I had contemplated early on whether or not I should go for a vanity call and decided that if I really didn’t like what was first assigned to me I would go for it.
At first I was okay with KDØSFJ, and put the idea of applying for a vanity out of my head. Then I discussed it with my uncle-in-law. He asked if I had thought of a vanity call since D, S, and F could be confused with other letters such as B, F, and S respectively. I told him I had kicked around KØRRX and he immediately liked it. All letters were unique sounding, it was one character shorter, memorable, and available. He advised me to sleep on it, which I did, and the following Monday I put in my vanity call sign application to the FCC.
I was originally a little reserved because the term "vanity" has a negative connotation in my mind. In fact, back in high school there was a kid with vanity license plates on his truck. I quickly labeled him as arrogant (with a few other descriptive words), but after graduation we became the best of friends, still communicate weekly, and he comes up for visits.
When talking about Vanity Call Signs, just like Vanity Plates from the DMV, or a Vanity URL on Facebook, it merely states that it is self-assigned with special meaning to the beholder.
It took 19 days for the application to be processed mainly because the FCC takes all applications for that day and lets them age long enough in case any applicants were paying by check and needed to send it in and have it clear–even if it was paid online. I found <a href="http://www.vanityhq.com/">N4MC’s Vanity HQ</a> site very helpful in learning about the process.
While waiting for my vanity call to be granted I took the time to tune in and listen to chatter. I did not want to introduce myself under a call that would soon be old. It was a nice waiting period as I learned the ropes. This morning as soon as I checked the FCC database and saw it was assigned to me I began checking into repeaters. Nothing yet, but I’m still eager to make my first contact using my handheld on 2m or 70cm.
What does KØRRX mean to me?
I really didn’t have much of an option for the prefix KØ, I wanted to stick to my region (Minnesota is Ø) and I chose K rather than N or W because it was the first letter of my original call sign, is one syllable as opposed to W, and it starts my last name. RRX stands for Railroad Crossing, denoting my interest in trains. Above all I wanted a Ø and X in my call sign as they have always seemed very Hammy to me.