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Zodian01
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Call Sign : 26-CT-3362
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Join date : 2020-02-24
QTH or Location : Stretford, Manchester
Equipment Used : SS7900,Whistler TRX1, Baofeng 1702, CRT Space-U, HackRF 1, Radio Shack Pro97
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PostSubject: Understanding Callsigns   Understanding Callsigns Icon_minitimeWed May 20, 2020 10:02 am

Forgive my ignorence, but what's the format for callsigns? For instance, My CT callsign is 26CT3362. How is this constructed and are there 'country specific' prefixes? Looked on the ham sites but couldn't find any rhyme or reason.

Lots of skip coming over from the continent last couple of days. Predominantly France and Italy.

73's. Zodian.
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Pagan
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Call Sign : 26CT2069
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Join date : 2019-08-09
QTH or Location : Pendle, Lancashire
Equipment Used : CRT-SS9900

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PostSubject: Re: Understanding Callsigns   Understanding Callsigns Icon_minitimeWed May 20, 2020 11:29 am

Zodian01 wrote:
Forgive my ignorence, but what's the format for callsigns?  For instance, My CT callsign is 26CT3362.  How is this constructed and are there 'country specific' prefixes?  Looked on the ham sites but couldn't find any rhyme or reason.

Lots of skip coming over from the continent last couple of days.  Predominantly France and Italy.

73's. Zodian.


Callsigns are composed of 3 parts. The first part is your "division" which identifies your country.....26 is England, 1 is Italy, 2 is USA, 14 is France, etc.
The second part (CT for example) is the club / group / organisation who issued the callsign.
The third part is your own individual identification number (3362 in your case).
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Red Fox
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Call Sign : 108-CT-255
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QTH or Location : Fife Scotland
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PostSubject: Re: Understanding Callsigns   Understanding Callsigns Icon_minitimeWed May 20, 2020 11:36 am

Hi Zodian,

I found this link some time back that may be of some use.

http://ukspec.tripod.com/rf/cb/divs.html

Expands on the sound advice from Pagan above.

Hope it helps a little more.

73's
Graeme.
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Zodian01
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Call Sign : 26-CT-3362
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Equipment Used : SS7900,Whistler TRX1, Baofeng 1702, CRT Space-U, HackRF 1, Radio Shack Pro97
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PostSubject: Re: Understanding Callsigns   Understanding Callsigns Icon_minitimeWed May 20, 2020 12:24 pm

Many thanks guys. Thanks for the link with the countries prefixes, just what I was looking for.

73's Ant (Zodian).
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Alan - Mirror Man
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Call Sign : 108CT233
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PostSubject: Re: Understanding Callsigns   Understanding Callsigns Icon_minitimeWed Jun 03, 2020 6:48 am

Good find Graeme, I have been looking for a point of reference myself until I become more familiar with division numbers.
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MV Communicator
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Call Sign : 26-CT-4558
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PostSubject: Re: Understanding Callsigns   Understanding Callsigns Icon_minitimeWed Jun 03, 2020 6:52 am

Red Fox wrote:
Hi Zodian,

I found this link some time back that may be of some use.

http://ukspec.tripod.com/rf/cb/divs.html

Expands on the sound advice from Pagan above.

Hope it helps a little more.

73's
Graeme.

Very Handy, thanks!
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NUBSTER
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Call Sign : 26 CT050 26 FB080 26 WT105 26 TE171
Posts : 567
Times Thanked : 39
Join date : 2019-06-27
QTH or Location : NORTH LONDON
Equipment Used : original President Lincoln, Midland 8001XT, President Teddy , Silver Eagle microphones , Gainmaster antenna, use a AMP ofcourse I do sometimes
Age : 62

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PostSubject: Re: Understanding Callsigns   Understanding Callsigns Icon_minitimeWed Jun 03, 2020 8:53 am

Please also remember the callsighns on 11m are not official and only just club call signs infact you could make up your own call sign without joining a forum ie: you could use 26 and say your initials and any number ,they are not official like Ham call signs which are issued by a government body Ofcom/RSGB that's why you didn't find any info about 11m ones on Ham websites also the ones issued on here must not be used on Ham bands .
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Jkb
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PostSubject: Re: Understanding Callsigns   Understanding Callsigns Icon_minitimeWed Jun 03, 2020 9:28 am

Also there are many well organised 11 mtr clubs or groups,just like Charlie Tango. If you hadn’t joined here and been issued with a unit number it is bad news to just start using something you made up.
Reason for this is that you are probably using a call sign that’s already been issued to someone else!
As far as the Alpha Tango and Sugar Delta groups go you need to be a member for 10 years before you can get a 0 unit number,say 087 for example,or a county or regional director for 5 years.
Many other clubs give out 0 numbers with no qualification!
Sorry to confuse the situation but now you know what to listen for!
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Call Sign : 26 CT050 26 FB080 26 WT105 26 TE171
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Times Thanked : 39
Join date : 2019-06-27
QTH or Location : NORTH LONDON
Equipment Used : original President Lincoln, Midland 8001XT, President Teddy , Silver Eagle microphones , Gainmaster antenna, use a AMP ofcourse I do sometimes
Age : 62

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PostSubject: Re: Understanding Callsigns   Understanding Callsigns Icon_minitimeWed Jun 03, 2020 11:53 am

If you look under my avatar info you will see some of my call signs of clubs I'm a member of which some are early 0 numbers which I didn't need any qualifications to get them its called experience of being on CB/11m for many years since 1975 (pre legalised days),plus I got the early numbers because I was a early member of the forum/club.
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