ARRL

Special Event Call Signs

1 x 1 Special Event Call Signs

FCC rules to obtain 1x1 call signs for special events were implemented in August 1997. Five coordinators (ARRL, W5YI Group Inc, Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society/VEC Inc, W4VEC Volunteer Examiners Club of America and the Laurel Amateur Radio Club Inc) are authorized to handle these call sign requests. 

                    Please allow at least 5-7 business days for approval
                                       of the Special Event Call Sign
.

   
DO NOT SUBMIT THE SAME APPLICATION MORE THAN ONCE AS THIS
              WILL SLOW THE PROCESS AND DELAY THE ASSIGNMENT.


Apply for a Special Event Call sign, Check the database to see if your Special Event reservation has been approved, Search the 1x1 database or view FAQs and other information on the 1x1 Special Event Call Sign web site.
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  • 1x1 Call Sign Resources

    Useful information relating to 1x1 Special Event Calls Signs.
     

  • What is a 1x1 Call Sign, and which 1x1 Call Signs are Available?

    A block of 750 call signs is available for use in the special event call sign system. The format of each 1x1 call sign consists of a single letter K, N or W prefix followed by a single numeral, 0 through 9, followed by any single letter except the letter X, which is not available to amateur stations.

    Call signs are available by call sign, by date(s) assigned for use. Call sign assignment is subject to availability, per reservations/assignments made as appearing in the 1x1 Call Sign Database.
     

  • How is a Reservation/Assignment Day Defined?

    Assignments are made by calendar date, for the full day at local time (beginning
    at 12:01 AM and ending at midnight the same calendar day).
     

  • How long in advance may a 1x1 Call Sign be reserved?

    A 1x1 special event call sign may be reserved up to 365 days before the first date of its intended use.
     

  • Requesting a Special Event 1x1 Call Sign

    If your intended use and purpose for obtaining (for short term use) a 1x1 Special Event Call Sign meets the assignment criteria, simply provide the requested information on our online form. The information will then be reviewed by the ARRL as a coordinator and then your application will be coordinated—by assigning for your use for the time frame requested the first call sign offered on your list of choices. Should a 1x1 call sign not be assignable to you, the ARRL will contact you via one of the methods indicated with your application.

    1x1 Special Event Call Sign Assignment Criteria:

    • The intention of the Amateur Radio 1x1 Call Sign system is to provide a special
      call sign for a special event operation which usually commemorates an event
      which is publicly significant (ideally, this is a one time, non-recurring celebration,
      festival, anniversary, holiday, convention, dedication, public demonstration, etc.).

    • While the 1x1 Call Sign system in not intended for the exclusive ability to have a
      short call sign during an upcoming amateur radio operating event or contest,
      should such an operating event or contest timeframe fall within the same timeframe
      of an event which has been coordinated with a purpose as outlined above, the special
      event 1x1 call sign can certainly be used for any Amateur Radio operating purpose
      during the coordinated time period.

    • The 1x1 call sign being sought will only be needed for 15 days, or less (unless a
      persuasive showing is made that the event timeframe is so extraordinary that
      exceeding the 15-day call sign assignment period is appropriate).

    • Amateurs may not reserve multiple bordering 15 day periods. Reserving more than
      one 1x1 call sign during a calendar year is discouraged.

    Apply for a 1x1 Special Event Call Sign.

  • Confirmation of 1x1 Call Sign Assignment

    Confirmation that your requested 1x1 Special Event Call Sign has been assigned is accomplished once your reservation/assignment appears in the 1x1 Call Sign data base. No hardcopy confirmation of assignment is necessary. No special license will be issued by the FCC. Simply check the 1x1 database a few days after submitting your application to confirm that the assignment has been made. Then at 12:01 AM (local time) on the first day of the assignment period you may begin use of the 1x1 call sign assigned for your event.
     

  • Special Event 1x1 Call Sign Coordinators

    The following five Special Event 1x1 Call Sign Coordinators are presently
    appointed by the FCC:

    The American Radio Relay League, Inc. VEC Department 225 Main Street Newington, CT 06111-1494 Telephone (860) 594-0300 Fax (860) 594-0339 E-mail: vec@arrl.org

    The W5YI VEC 2000 E. Randol Mill Road Suite 608-A Arlington, TX 76011 Telephone (817) 274-0400 Fax (817) 548-9594 E-mail: nb5x@w5yi.org 

    Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society/VEC, Inc. 5833 Clinton Highway Suite 203 Knoxville, TN 37912-2500 Telephone (423) 688-7771 E-mail: WCARS@KORRnet.org

    Laurel Amateur Radio Club, INC. PO Box 146 Laurel, MD 20725-0146 Telephone (301) 937-0394 E-mail: aa3of@arrl.net

    W4VEC Volunteer Examiners Club of America PO Box 41 Lexington, NC 27293-0411 Contact: Rae Everhart K4SWN 336-249-8734 E-mail: Raef@lexcominc.net
     

  • Special Event 1x1 Call Sign Information

    The 1x1 Special Event Call Sign Coordinators shall ''coordinate, maintain and disseminate a common database of amateur station special event call signs.'' The five FCC appointed Special Event Call Sign Coordinators maintain a shared 1x1 call sign database so that both requesters and coordinators will know which call signs are available at any given time.

    The FCC says that special event 1x1 call signs are authorized for use "in conjunction with an event of special significance." This suggests an event with high public visibility, as opposed to a routine ham radio contest or other operating event. However, a special event call sign could be used in conjunction with a contest if one were to occur within the call sign reservation period.

    The five special event call sign coordinators have the authority to determine if a request is in keeping with the intent of the special event call sign system. Any licensed amateur may request a special event call sign. Call signs may be requested up to one year in advance of their use on the air. Call signs normally will be granted for periods of 15 days or less. Because of the limited number of call signs available, requesters are encouraged to limit their requests to the duration of the special event.

    A block of 750 call signs is available for use in the special event call sign system. The format of each 1x1 call sign consists of a single letter K, N or W prefix followed by a single numeral, 0 through 9, followed by any single letter except the letter X, which is not available to amateur stations.

    For more information on the special event call sign system, call 860-594-0300 or e-mail vec@arrl.org. You also can contact any of the other special event call sign coordinators or visit the  1x1 Call Sign FAQ page.
     

  • FCC Fact Sheet

    Amateur Station Special Event Call Sign System When transmitting in conjunction with an event of special significance, an amateur station ("special event station") may transmit the identification announcement using a special event call sign in accord with the procedures detailed below. Substituting a special event call sign for its assigned call sign may help a special event station call attention on-air to its participation in the special event and to the unique opportunity for the amateur service community to exchange greetings with the station. Use of these provisions, however, must not detract from the station making the source of its transmissions known to those receiving them. The special event station must also transmit its assigned call sign at least once per hour during such operation.

    Special event call signs—A block of 750 call signs is available for use in the special event call sign system. The format of each call sign (one-by-one) consists of a single letter prefix "K,” "N" or "W,” followed by a single digit numeral "0" through "9,” followed by a single letter "A" through "W" or "Y" or "Z" ("X" is not available to amateur stations). The station license grantee must obtain coordination for the use of a special event call sign through one of the special event call sign coordinators. These coordinators maintain and disseminate world-wide a common data base for the day-to-day usage of the one-by-one format call signs (for example "K1A"). Upon completing the coordination process, the special event station may substitute the 1 x 1 format call sign for its assigned call sign during the period of the special event. Volunteer entities that have been certified as special event call sign coordinators can be found elsewhere on this page.

    Indicators—In addition to the special event call sign system, any amateur station, including a special event station, may include with its assigned call sign one or more indicators (example "W1AW/national convention"). Each indicator must be separated from the assigned call sign by a slant ("/") or any suitable word that denotes the slant mark ("portable," "stroke," etc.). If the indicator is self-assigned, it must be included before, after or both before and after, the assigned call sign (example "KP2/W1AW/contest"). No self-assigned indicator may conflict with any other indicator specified by the FCC Rules (such as "AA", "AG", "AE" or "KT") or with any prefix assigned to another country (such as "DL", "F", "G" or "VE").

    Questions concerning 1 x 1 call signs and the common data base should be directed to the special event call sign coordinators.

    If you have any comments or questions about this information, please contact William Cross of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at (202) 418-0680 or E-mail william.cross@fcc.gov.