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Offline spc fresno

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What's up with NWR callsigns?
« on: June 01, 2018, 02:12:55 PM »
Do the NOAA Weather Radio callsigns mean anything? Or are they just assigned at random? I've wondered about this for some time now. Examples: KIH62, WXL89, KWO37, KPS504, KWN37, etc... If anyone has an explanation I'd be glad to read it.  ;)
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Re: What's up with NWR callsigns?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018, 02:46:23 PM »
Most likely that that's just the way the FCC licensing process assigned them at the various times the transmitters were established, more or less at random within the FCC rules applicable.
The initial letter is a US geographic division, "K" for west of the Mississippi River, "W" for those east (with a few very old stations west having a "W"). The 2-3 digits alphanum just being this general transmitter class (like microwave P-P links also have).
You might find something on the fcc.gov website, but that is the most convoluted place on the internet, you may never be seen again after entering it   :twisted:. It drove me around the bend  :roll: getting my licenses (and the site is considerably improved/automated from before).

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Re: What's up with NWR callsigns?
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2018, 02:54:21 PM »
FCC assignment began when RADIO was only communication device available. Today, internet has "muddied" the waters of the "name-game."
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Re: What's up with NWR callsigns?
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2018, 08:04:35 PM »
NWR Callsigns aren't assigned by the FCC.  US Govt callsigns (& Frequencies &c.) are assigned by NTIA.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_signs_in_the_United_States#Other_services


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Re: What's up with NWR callsigns?
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2018, 08:15:16 PM »
NWR Callsigns aren't assigned by the FCC.  US Govt callsigns (& Frequencies &c.) are assigned by NTIA.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_signs_in_the_United_States#Other_services
FCC initiated Kxxx & Wxxx radio callsigns....but NOAA/NWS assigns (randonly) the callsigns for weather stations and sites. So, what USED to be systematic is now chaotic.
• SYS: Davis VP2 Vue/WL-IP & Envoy8X/WL-USB;
• DBX1 Precision Digital Barograph
• CWOP: DW6988 - 2 miles NNE of Cortaro, AZ
• WU - KAZTUCSO202, Countryside

 

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