Famous (Hams) Amateur Radio operators.

With more than two million radio hams worldwide, it is only to be expected that there will be some well-known names who hold an amateur radio license.

Famous radio ham names include Kings, Queen’s and Princes, a few Heads of State, authors, musicians, astronauts and cosmonauts, certainly technophile and scientists, plus those who took to the stage, screen, radio, and television.

The list is not complete, there are certainly still missing, let me know and I will add them!

Famous Radio Hams – Science and Technology
Call-sign Name Role
WV6VLY / WA6BND Steve Wozniak Co-founder of Apple Inc.
K1JT Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. Nobel prize in physics (1993), author of WSPR, WSJT and JT44 Weak Signal Mode software
K1AKE James M. Moran Professor of Astrophysics
W1AW Hiram Percy Maxim Inventor, scientist, often revered as “The Father of Amateur Radio”
W2QBO Wilson Greatbatch Inventor of the cardiac pacemaker
3BEC Arthur M. Young Inventor, designer of Bell Helicopter’s first helicopter
N6NHG Kevin Mitnick Famous hacker
Famous Radio Hams – Astronauts and Cosmonauts
Call-sign Name Nationality
7L2NJY Dr. Mamoru Mohri Japanese
DB1KM Reinhard Furrer German
DP3MIR Dr. Ulf Merbold German
GB1MIR Helen Sharman British
ON1AFD Dirk Frimout Belgian
ON1DWN Frank De Winne Belgian
PE1LFO Wubbo Ockels Dutch
PI9ISS André Kuipers Dutch
KG6FZX Dennis Tito American (First space tourist to ISS (2001)
KE5CGR Christer Fuglesang Swedish
N5QWL Jay Apt American
N5YYV Kathy Sullivan American
RV3DW Sergei Avyeyev Russian
UV3AM Musa Manarov Russian
UA1LO Yuri Gagarin Russian
W0ORE Tony England American
W5LFL Owen Garriot American
WA4SIR Ron Parise American
Famous Radio Hams – Musicians and Singers
Call-sign Name Singer
K0HWY Tex Beneke Band leader
KA6HVA Burl Ives Singer
KD4WUJ Patty Loveless Country singer
W4CGP Chet Atkins Singer-songwriter, guitarist
WB4KCG Ronnie Milsap Singer
WB6ACU Joe Walsh The Eagles
WD4LZC Larnelle Harris Country singer
WN3OQW Jim Croce Singer-songwriter
KC1MJ Tom Scholz Musician and founder of the band Boston
Famous Radio Hams – Stage, Screen TV and Radio
Call-sign Authors Role
G2DQU Lord Brian Rix Actor
G3YLA Jim Bacon Weatherman, BBC
K4LIB Arthur Godfrey Radio & TV broadcaster
K6DUE Roy Neal Television reporter, NBC
KB2GSD Walter Cronkite News anchor, CBS
KC4OCA Gordon Barnes Weatherman, KCBS
KD6WUS Hugh Downs TV game show host
FO5GJ Marlon Brando Actor
KI6M Stu Gilliam Comedian
N6CKF Lloyd Bochner Actor
K5ACC Adam Curry Dutch/American radio presentator/DJ
PA5VEN Sven Van Veen Dutch DJ (DJ Sven)
KC6IWA / N6YOS Priscilla Beaulieu Presley Ex-wife of Elvis Presley
KK6OTD Tim Dick (Tim Allen) Actor, comedian. Known for series Home Improvement, Last Man Standing
AA6JA John Amodeo Producer, Last Man Standing series
?????? Christoph Sanders Actor, Last Man Standing series
Famous Radio Hams – Royalty and Heads of State
Call-sign Name Title
9K2CS Yousuf Al-Sabah Prince, Kuwait
A41AA Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said Sultan of Oman
EA0JC Juan Carlos King of Spain
HS1A Bhumibol Adulyadej King of Thailand
HS1LY Prince Titiphan Price, Thailand
HZ1TA Talal bin Abdulaziz Prince, Saudi Arabia
JY1 Hussein bin Talal King of Jordan
JY2 Noor Al Hussein Queen of Jordan
Famous Radio Hams – Presidents and Prime Ministers
Call-sign Name Title
I0FCG Francesco Cossiga President, Italy
LU1SM Carlos Saul Menem President of Argentina
VU2RG Rajiv Gandhi Prime Minister, India
ZK1AN Sir Thomas Davis Premier, Cook Islands
YN1AS General Anastasio Somoza President, Nicaragua
Famous Radio Hams – Politicians
Call-sign Name Function
K4TPJ David Funderburk US Congressman and Ambassador
K7UGA/K3UIG Barry Goldwater Senator (US)
VE3RX Arthur Meen Canadian Cabinet Minister
VE3VGW Gilles Morin Canadian Deputy Speaker
VK5NIV Ivan Venning Australian MP
W3ACE Armin Meyer US Ambassador to Japan
Famous Radio Hams – Authors
Call-sign Name Authors
K2ORS Jean Shepard In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash & A Christmas Story
KA6UXR Dr. Alex Comfort The Joy of Sex
K7JPD Jeff Duntemann Author and publisher of Coriolis Group
TI2DR David Ruben MD Everything you wanted to know…