The Laurel VEC
Administering FREE Amateur Radio License Exams since 1984
 Special Event Call Signs

The FCC has authorized the use of one-by-one (1x1) format amateur radio station call signs for use during events of significance to the amateur community or to the local area. Examples of the use of one-by-one call signs by amateur stations include a wide variety of celebrations such as conventions, festivals, dedications, and anniversaries.

A one-by-one call sign consists of a single prefix letter (K, N, or W), the region number (0 to 9), and a single suffix letter (A to Z, except the letter X). There are 750 such call signs.

Amateurs of any license class and amateur radio clubs may reserve a 1x1 call sign for up to 15 days.

  • A one-by-one call sign consists of a single prefix letter (K, N, or W), the region number (0 to 9), and a single suffix letter (A to Z, except the letter X). There are 750 such call signs.
  • If a club, the trustee of the club station license must be the one reserving the 1x1 call sign.
  • Once you reserve the call sign, you simply substitute the self-selected 1x1 call sign for your FCC-assigned call sign. However, you must identify with your FCC-assigned call sign at least once every hour.

A One-by-One Database has been established so that you can determine which 1x1 call signs are available during specific dates. Five VECs have been selected by the FCC to approve and post 1x1 call sign reservations to the database. The Laurel VEC is one of five.

You can reserve a 1x1 Special Event Call Sign on the 1x1 Special Event Call Signs website.

NOTE: The FCC application fees do not apply to 1x1 Callsigns.

Complete details about 1x1 Special Event Call Signs may be found at the 1x1 Special Event Call Signs website.


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