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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB002 (1998)

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ARLB002 FCC issues Gate 4 calls

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ARRL Bulletin 2  ARLB002
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  January 9, 1998
To all radio amateurs

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ARLB002 FCC issues Gate 4 calls

Be on the lookout for another round of new call signs. Right on
schedule on January 7, the FCC issued more than 600 new call signs
to those who were among the 1000 or so who filed vanity call sign
applications on December 2, the opening day for Gate 4.

Earlier this week, the FCC in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, set the
stage by processing all vanity applications received through
December 1, 1997, the day before vanity Gate 4 opened. The FCC
granted 120 new call signs on January 6. The FCC received more than
800 electronically filed vanity applications on December 2 and an
unspecified number of hard copy applications.

The Furr family of Chapel Hill, North Carolina--home of the
University of North Carolina--took advantage of Gate 4 to
standardize their suffixes to, what else, UNC. Mom and Dad are UNC
graduates, and one of their daughters (19-year-old Mary, K5UNC) is
about to graduate. Dad is Walter ''Buddy'' Furr III, who got his
K4UNC call sign under Gate 2. Mom, Judy, is K2UNC.  The couple's
other two daughters are nine-year-old Cindy, K1UNC and 16-year-old
Rebecca, K3UNC, a high school junior. Judy Furr says her husband is
''a major UNC fan.'' The youngest daughter, Cindy, holds a General
ticket and has passed her 20 WPM code test on her way to the Extra.
The Furr family plans to debut their new call signs on a local
2-meter net this week.

In the same vein, WE4UNC went to Judy Smith of Pulaski, Tennessee.

Among the other new call signs were KB1USA, WA7AAA, and KZ8ZZZ.

Deb McKay of Hamburg, New York, formerly N2TTP, obtained WX2DEB.
KA1THY went to Kathy Swann of Coventry, Rhode Island.  Many other
''name'' and ''initial'' call signs were among the batch issued on
January 7.
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