Change to VKS Callsigns

Submitted: Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:02
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Received an email from VKS 737 confirming my renewal and was issued with a new callsign VKS Mobile 2292.

I copied this extract from the email

"Effective from 28th May 2008 all new Callsigns issued by the VKS-737 Radio Network will consist of the prefix "Mobile"; Issue of State/Country prefixes have ceased."

I have not been a member for the last few months and this news might not be new to members that receive the news letter, but as a reminder, as of yesterday changes are effective.

Wayne
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:12

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:12
That's news to me Wayne...although the Base Ops are treated as mushrooms...

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (SA) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:14

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:14
Hi Wayne
This has been in the pipe lines for some time now to stop confusion when conditions are bad. The reason behind it is very clear and makes great sense. In the event that they can not clearly read your Romeo part of the call sing, you are the only person to have 2292.
With the old number issue, there could have been a Romeo 292 and a Sierra 292. In an emergency situation there could be some confusion hearing the first part of your call sign. With the new system, as long as they receive the 2292, they will know exactly who it is.

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Stephen
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:28

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:28
Stephen,

That makes a lot of sense.

I will be giving it a go on the Canning trip next week.

Now if I can only change my sign off message on this site I will be happy.

Wayne

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (SA) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:34

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:34
Hi Wayne
Have a great trip out on the Mighty Canning.
We are off into the Western Deserts also in a weeks time.

All the best

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - Chris R (NSW) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:34

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:34
Seems to me we could have kept the state letter prefix (eg Romeo) and still have assigned a unique number to new registrations and those with duplicates

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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:36

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 08:36
Wayene
Just click on 'My Profile'...the 'Edit My Profile"...and do the changes !!

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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 09:09

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 09:09
Signman,

All done, thanks.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 11:08

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 11:08
Wayne,

Thanks for passing this on. Guess I would have heard the uodate when I make my first sked in a couple of weeks.

We're off on the 20th June heading to the Simpson, Hay River, Gary Junction Rd, Rudall River NP etc.

I hope we catch up with some EO friends.

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 15:45

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 15:45
I was under the impression the state prezix remained the same but all non unique numbers were changed.
pretty sure 2 years ago or so I was told about my number being unique so it fitted into the new system which would be rolled out but AFAIK I am still WHISKEY 4057
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Reply By: Member - John M (QLD) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 17:00

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 17:00
Hi Wayne just checked VKS website and my e-mail, there is nothing about changes in either,what happens if same numbers are issued in each state, but now without the prefix or is it maybe that new members are now issued with a "mobile" prefix and old members stay the same
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 18:26

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 18:26
It's only numbers below 999 that should be affected anyway, as all above 1000 need to be unique for SELCAL purposes.

They have been gradually shifting people off the low numbers anyway. I asked to go from V632 to V1632 some time ago as there was an issue when a member in difficulty couldn't selcall me as they couldn't determine my SELCAL from my callsign.

The state you are based in is redundant information when the number is a unique identifier.

Dave
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Reply By: Dave & Shelley (NT) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 22:28

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 22:28
Hi Wayne,

It looks like only "new" call signs" have changed. Best I don't lapse again!!!!!

Cheers

Dave
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