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July ’70: Applying for the letters K-N-O-M

July 17, 1970

The Nome Catholic radio project’s pro bono attorney, Joe Hennessey, applies to the FCC for the call letters KNOM.

The following week, he is informed that the call sign KNOM is unavailable because it is already assigned to a Coast Guard schooner, the Chiquimula, which had been scuttled.

He dispatches a letter to the Coast Guard.