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A female amateur radio operator can be referred to as a YL, from the abbreviation used for "young lady", regardless of the operator's age. Amateur station call signs in the US take the format of one or two letters the prefix , then a numeral the call district , and finally between one and three letters the suffix. Licenses to operate amateur stations for personal use are granted to individuals of any age once they demonstrate an understanding of both pertinent FCC regulations and knowledge of radio station operation and safety considerations. The Department of Commerce created a new top-level license in , the Amateur Extra First Grade, that conveyed extra operating privileges. The Technician License The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. The term "ham" as a nickname for amateur radio operators originated in a pejorative usage like "ham actor" by operators in commercial and professional radio communities, and dates to wired telegraphy.