Amateur Radio

First issued 1956

pairs 1956-1974

Plate serial is owners FCC ID.
South Carolina is in Call Area 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia). I believe if one relocates to SC from another region, they may keep their call sign.
FCC issued original prefix of K after WWII (K4AAA to K4ZZZ), then W prefix (W4AAA to W4ZZZ), then Wx (WA4xxx ...)
In 1976, Federal Communications Commission revised issuance categories http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.htm?job=call_signs_1&id=amateur

1956
(pair)
state name and year embossed; serial number screenprinted
black/yellow


1957 (pair)
state name and year embossed; serial number screenprinted
white/blue


1958 (pair)
state name and year embossed; serial number screenprinted
blue/white


1959 (pair)

white/blue


1960 (pair)

blue/white


1961
(pair)

red/white


1962
(pair)

white/red


1963
(pair)

white/green


1964
(pair)

white/black


1965
(pair)

black/white


1966 (pair)

white/blue


1967
(pair)

blue/white


1968
(pair)

white/black


1969
(pair)

white/blue


1970
(pair)

white/green


1971
(pair)

white/brown


1972 (pair)

white/black


1973
(pair)

white/blue


1974
(pair)

white/green


1975
(single)

white/maroon


1976-1978

passenger stickers
Bicentennial base


1979


black/white


1980


blue/white


1981


red/white


1982
marked NOV. 30th
green/white


1983
"EXP. NOV. 30th 83" bottom
black/white


1984

"EXP. NOV. 30 84" top
white/blue


1985

"EXP. NOV. 30 85"
red/white


1986

"EXP. 11/30" bottom corners
green/white


1987

"EXP. 11/30" bottom corners
black/white


1988

"EXP. RADIO AMATEUR 11/30" bottom
blue/white


1989-1990

stickered (1989 non-pass; 1990 passenger)
red/white


1991-2009

stickered (1991 non-pass sticker; 1992+ passenger stickers)
black/white


2010-2015

same design as 1991-2009, but flat. Most call letters that included the number 0 did not use the slash.
 prior embossed variation valid with renewal
black/white


2015-current

Redesign effective 5/1/2015
Full replacement complete by 4/30/2017

note: SCDMV website shows the following image, but no plates with the radio symbol have been physically spotted: