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Amateur Radio License Holders

Privacy Level: Public (Green)

Surname/tag: ham_radio
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NOTICE: 27 October 2021 - Do to the overwhelming response to my G2G post, we are in the process of revising this project page.



Project members are:

Dale Byers.
Lena Svensson.
Michael Stills.
Kay Knight.


The goal of this project is to Identify all profiles of any holders of Amateur Radio Licenses and apply the correct category to the profiles. This would apply to those who are no longer active or those who are deceased.

How to Join

  1. Please post a comment here on this page
  2. Post a comment on this page [coming soon] along with your call sign.
  3. Add project tag ham_radio to your followed Tags


  1. Gather all living WikiTree Amateur Radio Operators to share our love of HAM radio and Genealogy.
  2. Create a place to recognize Silent Keys and their Genealogy
  3. Develop the genealogies of Historical, Famous and Notable Amateur Radio Operators for others to explore their genealogical connections.

Task List

  • Link profiles to the appropriate category page:
How to instructions forthcoming:
  • Categories:
  1. Category: Silent Keys (Deceased Hams)
  2. Category: Ham_Radio_Operators (Living Hams)
  • Develop the genealogies of profiles added.
  • Profile Improvement
  • Genealogically Defined Profiles
  • Identify resources for genealogist who have profiles that are or were Ham Radio Operators.

Example: This is an Address directory of HAMS. Useful when there is no census to follow.

How to add the Amateur Radio Sticker

Location on profiles

Profile Stickers go in the text section of the edit page below the Biography headline. There should be no extra hard returns above or below it, and no horizontal rules (----).

They are usually placed directly below the Biography headline, but they can be placed anywhere in the biography section, such as near where the information being highlighted is discussed.

They are usually grouped together but they can be spread out.

They should not be placed in or below the Sources section.

Add the line below to add the sticker as appropriate. Add the callsign at the end. By convention, the callsign should be in all uppercase.

For Living Amateurs add,

{{Occupation|image=Bob_Burley_s_Public_Domain_Images-21.png|text=is an Amateur Radio Operator, Callsign: }}

For deceased Amateurs add,

{{Occupation|image=Bob_Burley_s_Public_Domain_Images-21.png|text=was an Amateur Radio Operator, Callsign: }}


Amateur radio operator

An amateur radio operator is someone who uses equipment at an amateur radio station to engage in two-way personal communications with other amateur operators on radio frequencies assigned to the amateur radio service. Amateur radio operators have been granted an amateur radio license by a governmental regulatory authority after passing an examination on applicable regulations, electronics, radio theory, and radio operation. As a component of their license, amateur radio operators are assigned a call sign that they use to identify themselves during communication. About three million amateur radio operators are currently active worldwide.

Amateur radio operators are also known as radio amateurs or hams. The term "ham" as a nickname for amateur radio operators originated in a pejorative usage (like "ham actor") by operators in commercial and professional radio communities, and dates to wired telegraphy. The word was subsequently adopted by amateur radio operators.

The category for living Amateur's is [[Category:Ham Radio Operators]]. This should be added above the Biography heading.

To add the sticker to profiles of living people add {{Occupation|image=Bob_Burley_s_Public_Domain_Images-21.png|text=is an Amateur Radio Operator, Callsign: }} with the Amateur's callsign after the colon in the code somewhere below the Biography heading near where their Amateur radio activities are mentioned.

Silent Key

When referring to a person, the phrase Silent Key, and its abbreviation SK, is a euphemism for an amateur radio operator who is deceased. The procedural signal "SK" (or "VA") has historically been used in Morse code as the last signal sent from a station before ending operation, usually just before shutting off the transmitter. Since this was the last signal received by other operators, the code was adopted to refer to any amateur radio operator who is deceased, regardless of whether they were known to have used telegraphy in their communications.

The category for Silent Keys is [[Category:Silent Keys]] This should be added above the Biography heading.

To add the sticker to the profile's of deceased Amateur's add {{Occupation|image=Bob_Burley_s_Public_Domain_Images-21.png|text=was an Amateur Radio Operator, Callsign: }} with the Amateur's callsign after the colon in the code somewhere below the Biography heading near where their Amateur radio activities are mentioned.

  • How to find amateur radio operator WikiTree profiles
    • Click the link for one of the above categories to find a list of already categorized amateur radio operators
    • Use WikiTree+ to search for profiles by category (found on the Apps menu)
      1. Navigate to WikiTree+
      2. Move down to Text Search and in the Text box enter subcat0="silent keys"
      3. Click Get Profiles
      4. Optionally, from the results, click Suggestions to see suggestions on the results
      5. Optionally, from the results, click Analyze results in Bio Check to see information for sources and style
    • Use BioCheck to evaluate profiles in the amateur radio categories (found on the Apps menu)
      1. Start the BioCheck app
      2. In How to find profiles select WikiTree+ Search Results
      3. In Search text on WikiTree+ enter subcat0="silent keys"
      4. In Max to check enter a larger number, such as 1000
      5. Click Check Profiles
      6. The default report will include only those profiles with source and style issues. Select a different Profiles to report to include all profiles and/or to generate a list for review
      7. Optionally, click Download CSV to import the report into a spreadsheet


Ham Radio Resources

Profiles of Notable Hams

Genealogical Resources for Hams

Silent Keys

Project Ideas

  • Set up how to identify call signs and locations in the biography section
  • What to do when the call sign changes for whatever reason
  • Should we have sublevel organization? What is our goal here?
If so, how should it be organized?
Follow the methodology for assigning Call Signs?
By class of license?
by place of death for silent keys?
  • Do we need the location category? see: Category: QTH Florida, St Petersburg
  • Do we want / Need topical sub categories? i.e. Space Hams, Political Hams, Royal Hams, Presidential Hams. Is this too much? Is there something more appropriate?
  • Add something like this to a profile?
Call sign: KC8LAO
First issued : 1998
Location: Lake County, Ohio, United States of America
Class: Technician
Upgraded: 2010
Class: General
Location: Geauga County Ohio, United States of America

Comments: 26

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I am a ham. Call sign kd4txy. My husband is also. Harvey Hutchison, but he is not a member here.
posted by Linda (West) Hutchison
Linda, Please add the category to your profile along with your call sign in the biography section

Dale K8DOB

posted by Dale Byers
It doesn't seem that we need a location category. Instead we need something that lets folks know that the callsign prefix corresponds to the country along with a link to lookup the prefix.

We could do more common countries at the risk of being too North American/European centric. (e.g, N, K, W, VE, G, M, F, I, A, DE, DA, PE, JA, XE, EA, CE, LX)

Similarly, we might want to talk about awards, although ARRL is North American; CQ does more worldwide.

We probably want a sticker sooner rather than later, to add to the existing and future profiles. We already have about 113 profiles.

posted by Kay (Sands) Knight
Thanks for these ideas Kay. Let's start with getting a Sticker. What do you all think a sticker should say and look like?
posted by Michael Stills
Check out the sticker on the profile for I am not sure about who or how it was created but it looks good to me.
posted by Dale Byers

I have a few suggestions based on a superficial read through this free space page.

There is a large American bias no doubt due to the proportion of Wikitreers who are American and therefore those who have responded to the CQ call. However Amateur radio is world wide and many countries have different rules, cultures etc which would affect the structure of this free space space, though many sections would be common there could be differences.

Resources:- international call signs These are used for other radio communication purposes as well as Amateur radio. RSGB Radio Society of Great Britain.

As well as Amateur Radio operators there are Short Wave Listeners (who also can have QSL cards) and Citizens Band. Although many CB enthusiasts just used it as a toy "Where's your twenty good buddy?", many graduated into Amateur radio and others took it seriously (REACT the CB equivalent of Raynet).

In UK the radio license is "for life" but requires renewal which is free if over 75. Renewal is handled by Offcom who deal with all radio licensing. (

These ideas are a bit jumbled. They are just random thoughts that crossed my mind as I read through and are intended for the melting pot as development of the free space profile is considered.

posted by JG Weston
edited by JG Weston
JG, I am sure that you would be welcome to join in this project to help. Yes so far it is biased for the United States but if we had some International members helping that bias could be minimized. I confess I know very little about the different countries licensing regulations and procedures so any help with that area would be appreciated.
posted by Dale Byers
I am afraid I don't have the time to contribute to a project full time, I have about 10 years worth of tasks to complete, including two trees to complete here on Wikpedia. As I am 82 I am conscious that I might find it difficult to get everything finished, without taking on extra tasks.

I am out of touch with regs as I let my license lapse about 30 years ago. When I found my 2m transceiver in the loft my daughter found out that I did not need to pay for a license anymore in the UK. (You do need need proof, either the exam certificate or a previous license).

In thinking about countries, there are an awful lot of them, so making a separate section for each could make this profile large and clumsy. A better approach maybe to keep the main page for Amateur Radio in general, things which are common and have just the list of call sign prefixes by country there, with links from that to separate free space pages for countries where these are needed to cover differences. Such pages, and the links to them, should only be set up if people volunteer to be PM for them. Not sure if this will work, it is just a suggestion. Such an approach might be easier to migrate to than a major reorganisation.

posted by JG Weston
So JG, your comments led me to find this.

Thank you,

We do need to put some thought on how this should be organized internationally.

posted by Michael Stills
Ah yes, I had forgotten about them until I saw your link. A section of such links might be useful. It is easy to Google for them if you know what the acronym is, but not so easy if you can't remember what they are called. I just knew there was an international organisation who co-ordinated it all.
posted by JG Weston
If a sticker is approved we could put a country line in that and possibly a sub category as well. With 43 printed pages for just the countries that are members of the IARU and more than one country per page I would suggest only creating sub categories when there is more than one entry for that country. We don't want too many confusing sub categories at this time.
posted by Dale Byers
The sticker has been approved and we are starting to add it to profiles. The American bias will be very difficult to eliminate in part due to the fact that the United States has the largest number of licensed Amateurs in the world
posted by Dale Byers
My grandfather, Stacy Norman, from Charlottesville, VA (previously Falls Church, VA, Seattle, WA and Portland, OR) Norman-7002 is a silent key.

His call sign was W4SN.

posted by Denise Carter
Denise, If you could add the category to his profile along with his call sign in the biography that would be appreciated. I can not do that because the privacy settings will not allow me to edit his profile.

Dale Byers K8DOB

posted by Dale Byers
Joe Satterwhite

novice license WN5RAG, became WB5RAG as Advanced operator in 1975, also 35 years in AF MARS

Joe, Due to privacy settings if you could add the category to your profile it would be appreciated. No one who is not on the trusted list for the profile can edit it.
posted by Dale Byers
My father Jones-73218



Dad had this call sign ever since I can remember (I was born in 1958). Sadly, as of 28 Jan 2021 he is now a Silent Key.

HAMCALL ARCHIVE DATA from 1965: Robert G. Jones, WA0FII:1965 Villisca, IA USA

HamCall regrets to inform that WA0FII (Robert G. Jones) has been reported as a silent key. Our condolences to family and friends.

Robert G. Jones, WA0FII


License Class: Technician

posted by Merry (Jones) Potter
edited by Merry (Jones) Potter
Thank You Merry, Due to the privacy settings no one other than those on the trusted list is allowed to edit his profile . So if you could add the category to his profile along with his call sign in the biography it would be appreciated.

Thank You again Dale Byers K8DOB

posted by Dale Byers

Callsign: MM1HMV

Full since 2001

First issued 1998 Novice MM3HMV

Upgraded: 1999 to Intermediate 2M1HMV

Located in Argyll, Scotland

posted by Brian Shearer
edited by Brian Shearer
My father Robert Haward Butler (born 1918) received his licence Ve4XM, when in high school. He answered the call for WW2 as a Radar Technician. In 1947 he got Ve7OQ and held it till 1996 when he died. I (Gary Butler) Advanced Amateur, applied for his call sign and received it and am happy we have held the call sign for 74 years and counting.
posted by Gary Butler
I am WA4BAN Extra Class. Located in Youngsville, NC.
posted by Henrik Rasmussen II

Call signs: VA3EBT (~2007) and VE3JE (2010) (my father's old call sign) First Issued: Cambridge, Ontario Class: Basic with honours Currently off air until the house is renovated and I get my shack set up again.

posted by John Morgan

Mike Hayes

Call sign: KJ5TDN, Class: Technician

First issued: 2011, Location: Kern County, Ca, United States of America

Call sign: AG6LL, Class: General

Upgraded: 2012, Location: Fresno County, Ca, United States of America

Call sign: AG6MH, Class: Extra

Upgraded Vanity: 2012, Location: Fresno County, Ca, United States of America

posted by Mike Hayes
edited by Mike Hayes
Alan Sandercott

Call sign: VE7EAC

First issued : 1979 Location: British Columbia, Canada Class: Advanced

posted by Alan Sandercott
Call Sign: KB0QOT

First issued : 1995 Larimer County, Colorado

posted by Larry Schwartz
Call sign: N8TM

First issued : 1966 Location: Hamilton Co OH Upgraded: 1969 Class: extra Location: Jefferson County TN, United States of America

posted by Tim Prince