Callsign History

K5AM QSL card - Canal Zone, 1939

K5AM QSL card - Canal Zone 1939

Return address on reverse side:
Post Signal Officer
Fort DeLesseps, C.Z.
Official Business

Thanks to N9BUL for sending the card.

Photo; Count Ferdinand DeLesseps Fort DeLesseps was named after Count Ferdinand DeLesseps. Count DeLesseps won renown as the builder of the Suez Canal in Egypt. Ferdinand thought he could build a canal on the Isthmus of Panama. He subsequently was president of the French syndicate that failed in an attempt to build a sea level canal through Panama in 1881 - 1888. Long hard years of disease, poor planning and financial catastrophe contributed to the French Canal Company failure to complete the Panama Canal.

More callsign history:
1948. Mark, age 14, first licensed as W9ECV in Milwaukee.
1973. Mark receives the call K5AM in normal sequence, under the special 25 year
extra class rule for 1x2 calls; lost the call later due to a move.
1996. K5AM callsign reclaimed.

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