1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 19, 2020 7:44 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking government call sign listings


      I am seeking call sign listings for government facilities (ships, aircraft, ground stations, etc.) during the period following 1931.  The Commerce Department issued the annual publication "Commercial and Government Radio Stations of the United States" between 1906 and 1931, as well as supplements and Radio Service Bulletins; after that time, the nascent FCC continued publishing monthly RSBs but they are difficult to access after 1936.  The Navy continued with Naval call signs with their publication DNC-3 (1942) and DNC-3(a) (1944), after which there is another gap between the end of World War II and the beginning of publication of the ACP-113 series during the early 1960s.  Any assistance with materials which might occur during these gaps would be very helpful to my research.

        • Re: Seeking government call sign listings
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Fisher,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the record series Government Publications, 1861 - 1992 in the Publications of the U.S. Government (Record Group 287) that consists of publications of many different government agencies, including FCC and predecessor agency publications relating to frequency allocation and call signs. See Record Control Schedule N1-173-88-004, Item 4 under the heading “U.S. Frequency Allocation Publications” for a brief description of the FCC publications on this topic. We also located History Cards of Call Signs, 1937 - 1994 in the Records of the Federal Communications Commission (Record Group 173). For more information about these records, please email the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


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          Plus, we located listings for Radio service bulletin and Radio Service bulletin on WorldCat.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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