Selecting Your Callsign

Amateur Radio Exam Results and Selecting Your Callsign

Congratulations on completing the Amateur Radio Examination (RAE)! Now, let’s guide you through the process of checking your results and choosing a memorable callsign for your amateur radio journey.

Step 1: Check Your Exam Results

If you faced in the recent RAE, official results will be released soon. You’ll receive a letter with your results. However, there’s no need to wait for the letter if you’ve already verified your results. You can proceed with the application process.

Step 2: Callsign Considerations

Your callsign is as important as your name in the world of amateur radio. Here are some key points to consider when selecting your callsign:

  • Ease of Pronunciation: Choose a callsign that is easy and smooth to say using standard phonetics. Complicated combinations can be tiring, especially for sideband/voice operations. 
  • For Morse Code (CW) Operation: If you plan to operate in CW/Morse code, select letters that are easier to send. Shorter combinations are often more practical. (For instance, LFJ will be very tedious to send as they are long letters)
  • Personal Connection: Some operators prefer callsigns that reflect their name, making it easier for others to remember. For example, SAM for Sam, RAV for Ravi, or JON for John.

Step 3: Make Your Choice

The choice of your callsign is entirely up to you, and it can be based on personal preferences or practical considerations. Take some time to think before making your decision.

Step 4: Important Note on Callsign Suffixes

In Sri Lanka, regulations changed after 2010, and two-letter suffixes are no longer issued for amateur radio callsigns. Callsigns now follow a format like Novice 4S5XXX, General 4S6XXX, and Advance 4S7XXX.

We wish you the best of luck with your callsign selection, and we look forward to hearing you on the amateur radio bands. Enjoy your amateur radio journey, and 73!

Remember, your callsign is your unique identifier on the airwaves, so choose one that resonates with you and fellow radio enthusiasts. Happy operating!

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