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September 18, 2019 4:39 pm  #1


Licence plates matching call letters

Seeing lots of Ontario plates with call letters on them, but none yet have matched the frequency. Today it was "Close, But No Cigar" when I saw CJBC 862. Has anyone seen a plate where the call letters and frequency match up?


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September 18, 2019 4:49 pm  #2


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Wow, it's odd you would post this. I've been seeing a lot of this too while out walking the pooch, although the frequency never matches. I thought I was the only one who noticed this ephemera.

Most are from stations that are out of town - CJAY is a common one in my area, a station located in Calgary. 

 

September 18, 2019 6:14 pm  #3


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Interesting you make mention of this.  I have seen several vehicles the past few days,  at least 3,  along Highway 400 with plate number CFNY.    No matching call letters.

 

September 19, 2019 7:44 am  #4


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... also saw a CFNY plate in Collingwood on the weekend.  Was Geets in town??

 

September 19, 2019 7:50 am  #5


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The ironic part of all this is if you actually tired to get a specialized plate with your favourite station's call letters on it, it would probably be denied as being proprietary and someone else's copyrighted property. 

 

September 19, 2019 8:06 am  #6


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Lots of CKLW plates around London https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/smile.png

 

September 19, 2019 8:21 am  #7


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I saw a Michigan plate CBS 740, for KCBS in San Francisco. Have also seen a couple Michigan CHUs and, in Port Huron, many Ontario plates with four letters that start with CH but no CLS that I recognize.

 

September 19, 2019 8:38 am  #8


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They're everywhere right now. Have seen one match CHTZ 977 (and pretty sure it wasn't a station vehicle or the PDs car or anything)


 
 

September 19, 2019 9:27 am  #9


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RadioAaron wrote:

They're everywhere right now. Have seen one match CHTZ 977 (and pretty sure it wasn't a station vehicle or the PDs car or anything)

For $100 you can find out who the plates actually belong to, (In Toronto) but I think you need a police investigation permission to grant that.

 

September 19, 2019 9:56 am  #10


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spotted a late model SUV in Burlington this morning with CKFM ### plates.

Probably just the letter sequence of plates currently being manufactured and released.

 

September 19, 2019 11:41 am  #11


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Glen Warren wrote:

spotted a late model SUV in Burlington this morning with CKFM ### plates.

Probably just the letter sequence of plates currently being manufactured and released.

yep

 

September 19, 2019 11:47 am  #12


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I saw CKLP 

 

September 19, 2019 11:58 am  #13


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Just to carry this one step too far, there's a truck I pass every day, usually parked in someone's driveway. The final few letters of the plate catch my attention every time: 9RB.

Those were, of course, CFRB's call letters when it was testing after first signing on the air way back in the late 1920s.

 

September 19, 2019 3:20 pm  #14


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Seen today: a Michigan bridge plate, three letters / three numbers, with letters CBY (Corner Brook Newfoundland, the only NL station likely to be heard in Michigan). Three numbers means someone has CBY 990.

I heard this in Dec 1975 -- Dan Ingram was reading plate numbers of cars that had been spotted displaying WABC Car Star stickers. He got to a New Jersey plate whose letters were WWV, and said "that's the time station, isn't it? Sure it is .... " And I thought: now how did he know that? (already knowing anything was possible w Big Dan

 

September 19, 2019 9:14 pm  #15


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Bought a new vehicle at the end of July and the licence plate is CKFM, but the numbers are not 999.

 

September 19, 2019 9:32 pm  #16


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As an avid FM DXer I was pleased when the four letters I randomly gotwere AFMR...

 

September 19, 2019 9:40 pm  #17


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I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets a kick out of the Call letter licence plates. CFTR is a common one in the K-W area. Still haven't seen CFTR 680 though.

 

September 19, 2019 10:16 pm  #18


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Storm wrote:

Bought a new vehicle at the end of July and the licence plate is CKFM, but the numbers are not 999.

965 maybe?  https://www.facebook.com/965CKFM/

 

November 8, 2019 12:55 pm  #19


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Spotted this week in Port Huron: an Ontario plate with the letters CJBC and numbers in the low 800s, on a car with a Kingston dealer's license plate frame.

The house down the block has a pickup truck with Arizona plates whose letters are WSM. I see it every time I go to town / come home. Older AZ plates have three numbers followed by three letters, making 650-WSM possible if the plate owner still has a vehicle registered.

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November 8, 2019 2:01 pm  #20


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I actually saw CHCH in a parking lot last week. Also twice, I've seen CJRT, although the numbers weren't close to 91.1

 

November 8, 2019 8:02 pm  #21


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RadioActive wrote:

I actually saw CHCH in a parking lot last week. Also twice, I've seen CJRT, although the numbers weren't close to 91.1

Since I was driving I couldn't snap a pic but the other day saw a plate with CKEY 590. Coincidence or custom for a former radio person?

 

November 9, 2019 1:50 pm  #22


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CFTO CITY CHFI CKOC and CHUM will never be seen since regular Ontario plates don’t use vowels I, O, or U.

 

November 9, 2019 1:52 pm  #23


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RadioActive wrote:

I actually saw CHCH in a parking lot last week. Also twice, I've seen CJRT, although the numbers weren't close to 91.1

Was it a CHCH vehicle? I believe all their news vehicle plates read CHCH 01, CHCH 02, etc.

https://i.ibb.co/Y4sMv7f/CHCH.jpg

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November 9, 2019 6:09 pm  #24


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Nope. It was a regular vehicle in a parking lot. 

 

November 10, 2019 5:57 pm  #25


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I play Radio license plates all the time. It's great fun. One I saw today  amused me -- CKWL 008.
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