For your primary station, you may request a call sign that was previously assigned to the primary, secondary, repeater, auxiliary link, control or space station of your now-deceased spouse, child, grandchild, stepchild, parent, grandparent, stepparent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or in-law. An "in-law" is limited to a parent, stepparent, sibling, or step-sibling of a licensee's spouse; the spouse of a licensee's sibling, step-sibling, child, or stepchild; or the spouse of a licensee’s spouse’s sibling or step-sibling. When so requesting for your primary station:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My father intends to request his former call sign under the former holder provision. The Group C call sign he will be vacating was once held by my uncle, now deceased. As a Technician, am I eligible to request my father's vacated call sign (once my uncle's) immediately?

Q: My grandfather, now deceased, held a Group A call sign although he was an Advanced Class operator. I am also an Advanced Class operator. May I request his former call sign under the close relative of former holder now deceased provision?

Q: Many years ago, my deceased grandfather's station's call sign had only a number as the prefix (for example, "3BE"). Can I request that call sign?

Q: Some of those old call signs had the prefix "W" added at a later date (for example: "W3BE"). Am I eligible for that call sign under the former holder provision?

Q: I've held my call sign for over 50 years, and I can't bear the thought of it going to some new ham. Is there some way I can have it retired?

Q: Is there any way that I can designate who gets my call sign?

Q: Which relative has priority in obtaining my call sign after I die?

Q: I do not want to give up my present call sign. But the family doesn't want my deceased father's call sign to be assigned to anyone else. Can we have it set aside or retired?

Q: My best friend stipulated in his will that his call sign should go to me. How do I obtain it?

Q: Is there some way that I can get a vanity call sign for my primary station and my son can get my current Group A call sign for his primary station?

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Updated: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016