What does AG6QR mean?

AG6QR is my FCC-issued call sign for Amateur Radio.  Amateur radio, sometimes called ham radio, is a radio service that allows individuals to build and use radio equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs around the world, using voice, Morse code, and various digital methods.  When we transmit in amateur radio, we always identify ourselves with our call signs.

Many radio amateurs have “vanity” call signs, with their initials or some other letters of their choice.  But my call sign, AG6QR, was assigned automatically to me by the FCC when I got my ham radio license, and I have not changed it.  It has no special meaning, except that It is the only call sign I have ever held, and I am the only one who has ever held it.

There are many people around the world who have my same first and last name.  But there is only one AG6QR.