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You don't necessarily "get" a callsign unless you are with a Virtual Airline. A callsign is simply the identification you appear under radar and to other planes. You can go ahead and make any callsign you want, but if you are just observing I suggest you use a civil aviation callsign... starting with an "N"... example "N237G9".

Jay Hsu

ZME ARTCC

VATPRC Resource Manager

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how do you get a callsign? I want to "observe" the salt lake area but I dont know how.

For observing, I would say use the area you are observing, in this case Salt Lake [ZLC], your initials [AS], and since you're observing [OBS]. Put em together and you get ZLC_AS_OBS or just ZLC_AS. This type of callsign seems to be the norm for people observing, but you can use whatever you'd like as long as it's not vulgar or disruptive to ATC.

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Personally unless your a member of the ARTCC/FIR, I woudn't use the ARTCC initials because if your initials happend to be the same as a controller, then the controller would not be able to use his OBS callsign as they are unique.

 

For example if you logged in as ZLC_AS_OBS, and Salt Lake had a controller with his/her operating initials AS, then they wouldn't be able to connect.

 

I would just go with your initials and OBS (AS_OBS) and your good to go!

 

Cheers!

Gerry Hattendorf

ZLA Webmaster

VATSIM Supervisor

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Christ. I thought you wanted to observe as a pilot! I had no indication. lol

 

Disregard my post if that's the case!

 

LOL! I guess I should look at the forum I'm in before posting!!!

 

Jay is correct, my response was if you were logging on to observe from a controllers client!! I'm bad!!!

Gerry Hattendorf

ZLA Webmaster

VATSIM Supervisor

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Personally unless your a member of the ARTCC/FIR, I woudn't use the ARTCC initials because if your initials happend to be the same as a controller, then the controller would not be able to use his OBS callsign as they are unique.

 

For example if you logged in as ZLC_AS_OBS, and Salt Lake had a controller with his/her operating initials AS, then they wouldn't be able to connect.

 

I would just go with your initials and OBS (AS_OBS) and your good to go!

 

Cheers!

Actually, I don't think ZLC has anybody with initials "AS" at the moment, so that shouldn't be a problem -- either one (ZLC_AS_OBS or AS_OBS) would be fine IMHO.

 

{ Edit: Actually, I guess we do technically have an "AS" on the roster... but I don't remember the last time I saw that person online (been many moons) so you're still fine! }

 

Anthony, give us a holler over in the ZLC Forums (see my sig for a link) if you've got any questions about Salt Lake (City | ARTCC | restaurants | what have you)... be happy to help you out!

/s/ Josh Ridderhoff

ZLC Senior Controller

Fly ZLC! | ZLC Pilot & Controller Forums

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