- Quick Identification
It’s very important that other hams can identify you quickly at hamfests, classes, license tests, club meetings, and other events. A callsign hat lets others know, from across the room, who you are. If you are involved in EmComm, being recognizable is even more important.
- Conversation Starter
If you have your call on your license plate, you’ll be able to relate to this. “What does WA7MDE mean?” There are a few ways to answer this, but it really is a great opportunity to educate the public about our hobby and the contributions Amateur Radio operators make to society. By displaying your callsign proudly, you’ll be surprised how many people will ask you what it means. You might also meet other hams in your area, at the grocery store or a local restaurant, and have the chance to have an eyeball QSO with a new friend. Use the opportunity! Network and grow the hobby in your area. While our hobby is often about talking to people all over the world, the real fun happens in your own community when you have the chance to interact with others who share your interests.
- Support Our Hobby
Are you proud to be in this hobby? Are you proud of the service we offer to the community? Then why aren’t you showing it? There is something special about the camaraderie that the men and women in our hobby share. You’ve worked hard for your Extra (or General or Technician) call. You should wear it on your person proudly.
Where can you buy one? Most communities have local embroidery shops that will make you a hat for under $15 or $20. If you don’t have a shop in your area or you would rather buy one from a fellow ham, Todd WM8C owns and operates Astrid’s Embroidery in Michigan. They ship all over the United States and offer a huge selection of styles. They even have a huge gallery for you to browse through. Not comfortable ordering online? Call them at (269) 795-7297.
Know of other embroidery shops owned by hams? Post them in the comments!