The FCC approved our request that returns W3ABT to the University of Pennsylvania effective January 10, 2006.

W3ABT was the Club callsign from the 1930’s until 1977 when the Club requested N3KZ to memorialize the Club’s first callsign 3KZ.

Callsign N3KZ will be retained in this process as it has meaning to Club members from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s.

Both callsigns will be used by the Club going forward.

How to Request Use of Club callsign

For most situations, just sending Jim Talens an email request containing the dates the call will be used and who the operator(s) will be is all that’s needed. It will work on a first-come-first-served procedure unless there is justification for an exception, which would be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Permission to use the callsign will be given by a return email message.

Needless to say, anyone using the callsign must comply with all FCC rules and must use the station only on the frequencies authorized for use by the operator under his or her own license. If the callsign is going to be used by multiple operators, such as at a multi-op contest station, the member seeking permission is responsible for all legal compliance. Use email address to request the use of the Club callsign.

QSL Policy

Normally, QSLing will be handled by WA3FRP because mail for the club will come to the station address on campus, which Russ retrieves. However, he needs copies of logs for all operations. It will be helpful if everyone would keep an electronic log in ADIF or Cabrillo format. For contests or other events from which more than the occasional QSL is likely, Russ will gather incoming cards and send them to the authorized user of the club callsign for response. Our policy is to QSL 100% for all incoming cards. The club will expect reimbursement for dispatch of both incoming and blank cards to the responsible operator, and for the cards themselves in cases where a large number of incoming cards are evident.