My original Technician class callsign was KB1FZA. After I upgraded to Extra class I decided to get a shorter 2x1 callsign (I didn't trust the systematic change to come up with a "good" callsign) and opted for a Vanity Callsign. My first choice was AE1S - it all made sense - these are my initials. At the time AE1S was assigned to Joseph Craddock and I got AE1Z - it was pretty close to what I wanted (Z almost looks like a mirror image of S :-). I must admit - I had a really nice run with the AE1Z callsign.
Sadly, Mr. Craddock became a Silent Key on March 22, 2008 (R.I.P.). FCC was made aware of this at the end of 2009 and canceled his callsign. There is a two years waiting period mandated by FCC before the callsign is released in the general pool. This waiting period ended on March 22, 2010 and once the callsign was available, I immediately applied for it.
My application was granted today and my new (and probably last) callsign is now AE1S.
My last contact as AE1Z was HK1NK on Apr 3, 2010, 21:20 UTC on 10 meters / QRP.
It is time to start a new logbook! The change is a bitter-sweet one! AE1Z signing off!