One of those things

that doesn’t make sense to me.

I am about ready to sit down and fill out the log sheet for the certificate for working K6JSS Golden Jubilee Stations.  As I mentioned before, I’ve worked 47 of the 50.

Anyway, I am looking at the WAS map that the QRP-ARCI so graciously provided along with the log sheet. And I’m noticing something I don’t think I’ve ever really  payed attention to before in all my 30+ years in the hobby. I’d bet good money that someone else noticed this before and that I’m just really slow on the uptake.

We start in the North East – Call section 1.  Next we come down to New York and New Jersey – Call section 2. Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland – the Middle Atlantic states – Call section 3.  The great South East – Call section 4.  Now on to the Central Southern states – Call section 5.  Out West to California – Call section 6.  Up to the great North West and other Western states – Call section 7.

Sense the pattern?  We started in the North East and we’re working around the perimeter of the country (more or less) in a clockwise pattern (more or less) – in numerical order.

So now, after the great North West, we move over to the Central Northern and Central states – Call section 0 ?????  What happened?  Why do sections 0, 9 and 8 seem to be backwards?  We were working our way, nicely around the country in a nice numerical order and all of a sudden – chaos!

I’m sure there’s an excellent explanation.  Any Amateur Radio history buffs out there that can enlighten me?

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

7 Responses to “One of those things”

  • Ralph WA2NTK:

    Man if this is really important to you, you really need to get a life or at least another hobby.

  • W2LJ:


    If you had gone over to my page – you would have seen this post tagged as “humor’.

    Maybe I’m not the one who needs to lighten up.

    Most sincere 72, sir.

    Larry W2LJ

  • Matt W1MST:

    Not to worry, Larry. I got it — and didn’t even need to see the tag! 🙂

  • Joe KB3PHL:

    Larry your not the only one to notice that about the call sections, I’ve always wondered why they’re in that odd order. By the clockwise order the zero section should be 8 & likewise the 8 section should be zero. I’d like to know why they ended up that way too.

    Joe KB3PHL

  • Larry KI6ZQY:

    I’m curious too!

  • Tom AJ4UQ:

    The tenth call district is broken off from the ninth, but the funny ordering was already in place. I don’t know why they did it “backwards,” but it apparently dates back to 1913 when the call districts were created:

  • Samseng:

    wow i love it obisouvly their is never a dull time when larry and laurent are around everybody having fun i want to join!!!!!!!!

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