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Callsign Notes

Zone 2 Callsigns

Shetland Is (GM/S) Callsigns

CQ Zones for Antarctic Callsigns

Map of Turkish Callsigns

USA/VE Zone Definitions

CQ Statement on Crimea

 

  • Each year there are pirates, operations that are not approved, callsigns that are copied incorrectly and unusual operations that are valid.   We attempt to document as many of these operations as possible - see the lists of valid callsigns, invalid callsigns,  and callsign notes.  We encourage you to share your findings on pirates, illegal operations or confusing callsigns with us.  Please send your callsign updates to the DX Marathon administrator at: k9el at dxmarathon,com

  • Many points are lost each year due to bad spots on the packetcluster network.  We have assembled an extensive list of bad spots - please check the list before entering any of these callsigns!

  • Please check USA/VE zones carefully - use www.qrz.com to check zones before submitting.   The number in the callsign does not necessarily match the location.  Did you know that West Virginia (W8) is in Zone 5?  and that Alabama (W4) is in Zone 4?  See US/VE zone detail below.

  • Check Zone 2 submissions carefully - see Zone 2 information below.

  • When a prefix can count for more than country (e.g. E51) double check your entry.

  • Although you can use the same QSO for a country and a Zone, if there is an error, two points will be lost!  We suggest using a different QSO for country and zone.

  • Review your submission carefully and make sure your logging program country database is up to date.

  • Callsign Notes

    CALLSIGN NOTES
       
    3B9DX No license
    3C1L Was actually VP2MDL on 160CW 0100-0400Z 9 November on 1823.2
    3XY4D QSO's after 6 Nov were most likely 3XY3D.
    4U0WFP Counts as Italy
    4U1A Counts as 4U1VIC
    4U1GSC Counts as Italy
    4U1ITU This callsign is often pirated - check online log.  One pirate  report: 7Jan 20M CW
    4U1WB Counts as USA, CQ Zone 5
    4U20B Counts as Italy
    4U2U Counts as 4U1VIC
    4U24OCT Counts as Italy
    4U7F Counts as Italy
    4U7FOC Counts as Italy
    5A1AL 18March 80M activity around 1900Z was from a pirate
    5A5A Valid for 2017 Marathon
    5H3MG Pirate
    5H3PM Pirate 
    5U5R  Station was active 10-12 January and 9-20 March. 
    7P8EUDXF Pirate was using his callsign on 20 February between 1510 and 1627Z
    9K2WA Operating through a remote in W6 - 18Oct 40 SSB
    9M4IOTA Counts as 9M2
    9M60MA Same as 9M2
    9M60MB Same as 9M2
    9M60MC Same as 9M2
    9M60MD Same as 9M2
    9M60MJ Same as 9M2
    9M60MK Same as 9M2
    9M60MM Same as 9M2
    9M60MN Same as 9M2
    9M60MP Same as 9M2
    9M60MQ Same as 9M2
    9M60MR Same as 9M2
    9M60MS Same as 9M6
    9M60MT Same as 9M2
    9M60MW Same as 9M6
    9M60MY Same as 9M2
    A25UK 10107, 27 April, 0200-0300 was actually 4M5CW
    A25UK 1.8MHz, 0100-0400, 28 April operation was from a pirate
    A5A Was on 14026 on 14Feb around 13-1400Z.  Station spotted as A5A on 14025 was R2017M.
    A61FK/MD MD = Martyrs Day, station operating from A6, not GD.
    AT7M Was active from India VU, NOT VU7.
    C21XF False spot - 1Dec 160m
    C91B Was actually H74B on 20CW on 1 January around 2100Z
    C91PA As of his note in January, he does not work CW
    CG3C2C Valid for 2017 Marathon
    D0B Invalid callsign
    D0NECK Invalid callsign
    D0Y Invalid callsign
    D1A Invalid callsign
    D1B Invalid callsign
    D1D Invalid callsign
    D1DNR Invalid callsign
    D1DPR Invalid callsign
    D1T Invalid callsign
    D1WW Invalid callsign
    E31A Was actually A61Q on 21015, CW, 24May, 140-1500Z
    EL/DL8USA Pirate
    EP2C Valid for 2017 Marathon
    EZ  No EZ callsigns are currently accepted
    FK8IK/M On Boat - not valid
    FX5XT Operating maritime mobile in September
    H2017PFO Same as 5B4
    HC8/SQ5BIH/MM Martime Mobile stations do not count in the DX Marathon
    HV/50RR1AR Not valid for 2017 DX Marathon
    J39JF Valid for 2017 Marathon
    J8/DF7RW Valid December 1st and 5th - all other dates he was /MM
    J88HF Not valid for 2017 DX Marathon as he is on a boat.
    JW2US Active from EU063 until 1Jun - counts as regular JW.  He may activate Bear Island in Dec.
    JX2017A Pirate
    JX7F Pirate
    KH2N USA - Zone 5
    KH2RU Located in KP4
    KH6M USA - Zone 5
    KL7YY USA - Zone 4
    LU1ZI South Shetland Islands
    LU4AA/Z South Shetland Islands
    LU4CJM/Z South Shetland Islands
    N0J Same as KH0
    OX5T Pirate
    P48DX Was actually PV8DX on 28May on 6 meters
    RI1AND Antarctica
    RI1ANO South Shetland Islands
    RI1ANZ Antarctica
    RI1F Counts as Franz Josef Land in the 2017 DX Marathon
    RI1PA EU Russia
    RI59ANT VP8 S Shetland
    S9SS Pirate
    SV2/SV1RP/A Was actually IK2AOO on 14012, 28May, 12-1300Z
    SV2ASP/A Was active 1/1 40mSSB 14-1500 and 1/2 17 SSB 14-1500
    SV2ASP/A 14 Jan CW activity was from a pirate
    SV2ASP/A 15 Jan 20 SSB OK around 0700 and again 1500Z. A later spot was actually EI88WAW
    SV2ASP/A Active 29 and 30 June on 20SSB; 15 October 20 CW
    T00CW Seborga - not valid
    T00RM Seborga - not valid
    T2LP Pirate
    T6/IZ1CCK Valid for 2017 DX Marathon
    T6/IZ1CCK Was actually HG17FINA on 16 Jul after 0830Z on 20m SSB
    TA0/DL7UCX Asiatic Turkey
    TC0A Asiatic Turkey
    TC0F Asiatic Turkey
    TC0K Asiatic Turkey
    TC0M Asiatic Turkey
    TC0T Asiatic Turkey
    TC1LHW EU Turkey
    TC10A Asiatic Turkey
    TC10E Asiatic Turkey
    TC10F Asiatic Turkey
    TC10K Asiatic Turkey
    TC10L Asiatic Turkey
    TC10M Asiatic Turkey
    TC10R Asiatic Turkey
    TC10S Asiatic Turkey
    TC10T Asiatic Turkey
    TC10U Asiatic Turkey
    TC102GP Asiatic Turkey
    TC102GS Asiatic Turkey
    TC178JAN EU Turkey
    TC18GL Asiatic Turkey
    TC29EKM EU Turkey
    TC4LOVE Asiatic Turkey
    TC564FETIH EU Turkey
    TC630MECCA Asiatic Turkey
    TC7C Asiatic Turkey
    TO1A FY
    TO2E FG
    TO2SP FJ
    TO3Z FG
    TO5A FM
    TO5W FM
    TO7A FM
    TO7D FG
    TX5EG FO (French Polynesia)11jun-17Jul & 15Aug-5Sep
    TX5EG FO (Marquesas) 29Jul-6Aug
    TX5T FO - Austral
    TZ6BB Pirate was using his callsign on 12 March on 20m SSB
    V73/PD0LK Pirate
    VC3C2C Valid for 2017 Marathon
    VK9AA Was actually UK9AA in February on 17 CW
    VK9MAV Counts as Australia
    VP2V/K2MH Operating /MM
    VQ9Z Invalid callsign
    XU7XXX There are some questions about the validity of his license - please work a different XU
    XX9D Was really TX5T on 24Feb, 1300Z, 30m CW
    YI1AKS Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1DZ Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1H Pirate
    YI1MOK Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1RZ No longer in Iraq
    YI1SAL Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1UNH Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI3WHR Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI9/IT9ADT Waiting for confirmation of licensing before approval for 2017 Marathon
    YK1AO Pirate
    ZC4A Was actually PY0F/PP1CZ on 7001 0200Z 4Feb.
    ZC4A Valid for 2017 Marathon
    ZL7NW Invalid callsign
    ZS8Z Any CW operations are from a pirate
     
    NOTE: The Valid and Invalid callsign listings have been incorporated into this listing
    CALLSIGN NOTES
       
    3B9DX No license
    3C1L Was actually VP2MDL on 160CW 0100-0400Z 9 November on 1823.2
    3XY4D QSO's after 6 Nov were most likely 3XY3D.
    4U0WFP Counts as Italy
    4U1A Counts as 4U1VIC
    4U1GSC Counts as Italy
    4U1ITU This callsign is often pirated - check online log.  One pirate  report: 7Jan 20M CW
    4U1WB Counts as USA, CQ Zone 5
    4U20B Counts as Italy
    4U2U Counts as 4U1VIC
    4U24OCT Counts as Italy
    4U7F Counts as Italy
    4U7FOC Counts as Italy
    5A1AL 18March 80M activity around 1900Z was from a pirate
    5A5A Valid for 2017 Marathon
    5H3MG Pirate
    5H3PM Pirate 
    5U5R  Operation on 10-12 January is valid
    7P8EUDXF Pirate was using his callsign on 20 February between 1510 and 1627Z
    9K2WA Operating through a remote in W6 - 18Oct 40 SSB
    9M4IOTA Counts as 9M2
    9M60MA Same as 9M2
    9M60MB Same as 9M2
    9M60MC Same as 9M2
    9M60MD Same as 9M2
    9M60MJ Same as 9M2
    9M60MK Same as 9M2
    9M60MM Same as 9M2
    9M60MN Same as 9M2
    9M60MP Same as 9M2
    9M60MQ Same as 9M2
    9M60MR Same as 9M2
    9M60MS Same as 9M6
    9M60MT Same as 9M2
    9M60MW Same as 9M6
    9M60MY Same as 9M2
    A25UK 10107, 27 April, 0200-0300 was actually 4M5CW
    A25UK 1.8MHz, 0100-0400, 28 April operation was from a pirate
    A5A Was on 14026 on 14Feb around 13-1400Z.  Station spotted as A5A on 14025 was R2017M.
    A61FK/MD MD = Martyrs Day, station operating from A6, not GD.
    AT7M Was active from India VU, NOT VU7.
    C21XF False spot - 1Dec 160m
    C91B Was actually H74B on 20CW on 1 January around 2100Z
    C91PA As of his note in January, he does not work CW
    CG3C2C Valid for 2017 Marathon
    D0B Invalid callsign
    D0NECK Invalid callsign
    D0Y Invalid callsign
    D1A Invalid callsign
    D1B Invalid callsign
    D1D Invalid callsign
    D1DNR Invalid callsign
    D1DPR Invalid callsign
    D1T Invalid callsign
    D1WW Invalid callsign
    E31A Was actually A61Q on 21015, CW, 24May, 140-1500Z
    EL/DL8USA Pirate
    EP2C Valid for 2017 Marathon
    EZ  No EZ callsigns are currently accepted
    FK8IK/M On Boat - not valid
    FX5XT Operating maritime mobile in September
    H2017PFO Same as 5B4
    HC8/SQ5BIH/MM Martime Mobile stations do not count in the DX Marathon
    HV/50RR1AR Not valid for 2017 DX Marathon
    J39JF Valid for 2017 Marathon
    J8/DF7RW Valid December 1st and 5th - all other dates he was /MM
    J88HF Not valid for 2017 DX Marathon as he is on a boat.
    JW2US Active from EU063 until 1Jun - counts as regular JW.  He may activate Bear Island in Dec.
    JX2017A Pirate
    JX7F Pirate
    KH2N USA - Zone 5
    KH2RU Located in KP4
    KH6M USA - Zone 5
    KL7YY USA - Zone 4
    LU1ZI South Shetland Islands
    LU4AA/Z South Shetland Islands
    LU4CJM/Z South Shetland Islands
    N0J Same as KH0
    OX5T Pirate
    P48DX Was actually PV8DX on 28May on 6 meters
    RI1AND Antarctica
    RI1ANO South Shetland Islands
    RI1ANZ Antarctica
    RI1F Counts as Franz Josef Land in the 2017 DX Marathon
    RI1PA EU Russia
    RI59ANT VP8 S Shetland
    S9SS Pirate
    SV2/SV1RP/A Was actually IK2AOO on 14012, 28May, 12-1300Z
    SV2ASP/A Was active 1/1 40mSSB 14-1500 and 1/2 17 SSB 14-1500
    SV2ASP/A 14 Jan CW activity was from a pirate
    SV2ASP/A 15 Jan 20 SSB OK around 0700 and again 1500Z. A later spot was actually EI88WAW
    SV2ASP/A Active 29 and 30 June on 20SSB; 15 October 20 CW
    T00CW Seborga - not valid
    T00RM Seborga - not valid
    T2LP Pirate
    T6/IZ1CCK Valid for 2017 DX Marathon
    T6/IZ1CCK Was actually HG17FINA on 16 Jul after 0830Z on 20m SSB
    TA0/DL7UCX Asiatic Turkey
    TC0A Asiatic Turkey
    TC0F Asiatic Turkey
    TC0K Asiatic Turkey
    TC0M Asiatic Turkey
    TC0T Asiatic Turkey
    TC1LHW EU Turkey
    TC10A Asiatic Turkey
    TC10E Asiatic Turkey
    TC10F Asiatic Turkey
    TC10K Asiatic Turkey
    TC10L Asiatic Turkey
    TC10M Asiatic Turkey
    TC10R Asiatic Turkey
    TC10S Asiatic Turkey
    TC10T Asiatic Turkey
    TC10U Asiatic Turkey
    TC102GP Asiatic Turkey
    TC102GS Asiatic Turkey
    TC178JAN EU Turkey
    TC18GL Asiatic Turkey
    TC29EKM EU Turkey
    TC4LOVE Asiatic Turkey
    TC564FETIH EU Turkey
    TC630MECCA Asiatic Turkey
    TC7C Asiatic Turkey
    TO1A FY
    TO2E FG
    TO2SP FJ
    TO3Z FG
    TO5A FM
    TO5W FM
    TO7A FM
    TO7D FG
    TX5EG FO (French Polynesia)11jun-17Jul & 15Aug-5Sep
    TX5EG FO (Marquesas) 29Jul-6Aug
    TX5T FO - Austral
    TZ6BB Pirate was using his callsign on 12 March on 20m SSB
    V73/PD0LK Pirate
    VC3C2C Valid for 2017 Marathon
    VK9AA Was actually UK9AA in February on 17 CW
    VK9MAV Counts as Australia
    VP2V/K2MH Operating /MM
    VQ9Z Invalid callsign
    XU7XXX There are some questions about the validity of his license - please work a different XU
    XX9D Was really TX5T on 24Feb, 1300Z, 30m CW
    YI1AKS Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1DZ Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1H Pirate
    YI1MOK Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1RZ No longer in Iraq
    YI1SAL Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1UNH Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI3WHR Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI9/IT9ADT Waiting for confirmation of licensing before approval for 2017 Marathon
    YK1AO Pirate
    ZC4A Was actually PY0F/PP1CZ on 7001 0200Z 4Feb.
    ZC4A Valid for 2017 Marathon
    ZL7NW Invalid callsign
    ZS8Z Any CW operations are from a pirate
     
    NOTE: The Valid and Invalid callsign listings have been incorporated into this listing

     

    Zone 2 Information and Callsigns

    Zone 2 Official Definition: Northeastern Zone of North America: VO2 (Labrador), the portion of VE2 Quebec north of the 50th parallel, and Nunavut Territories east of 102 degrees (Includes the islands of King Christian, King William. Prince of Wales, Somerset, Bathurst, Devon, Ellesmere, Baffin and the Melville and Boothia Peninsulas, excluding Akimiski Island, Bear Islands and East Pen Island in Hudson Bay).

    Nunavut Territory is Canada is the most difficult to determine as it lies within 3 WAZ Zones.  Click here for a detailed Nunavut map.

     

    CANADIAN CALLSIGNS FOR ZONES 1,2,5
    ZONE CALLSIGN COMMENTS
    1 CK8G  
    VE8 (any) All VE8 stations are in Zone 1
    VY0M  
    VY1 (all) All VY1 stations are in Zone 1
    XO1X  
    2 CF2RC  
    CI0BRR  
    CI0CF  
    VA2NDX/VY0  
    VA2RC starting 1/1/2016
    VA2SG/2 CQWW SSB 2017
    VA2ZM 2017 CQWW SSB
    VA3CYW/VY0  
    VB2T  
    VB2W CQWW SSB 2016
    VC2EME 2M & 6M, June 2017
    VC2Q  
    VC2X CQWW SSB 2012
    VC3W/2 CQWW CW 2016
    VE1RUS/VY0 Active February 2015
    VE2CSI  
    VE2DXY  
    VE2EKA  
    VE2FDJ/P August - NA-084
    VE2GSO Z2 Until July 2015, Zone 5 after that date
    VE2IDX 2011, 2015, 2016 CQWW SSB
    VE2IM  
    VE2SSS CQWW CW 2016
    VE2TKH Z2 Until October 2015, Zone 5 after that date
    VE2XAA Silent Key
    VE2Z  
    VE3KTB/VY0  
    VE3LYC/VY0 Active August 2015
    VE3VID/VY0 Active march 2015
    VF0X  
    VG2O  
    VO2 (any) All VO2 stations are in Zone 2
    VY0BRR  
    VY0CF  
    VY0ERC  
    VY0HL  
    VY0JA  
    VY0JCW  
    VY0O  
    VY0RAC  
    VY0RST Op: VY0CF
    VY0X  
    W4TMO/VE2  
    5 VA2AM  
    VA2ASS  
    VA2DF  
    VA2ES  
    VA2EW  
    VA2MM  
    VA2OP  
    VA2PW  
    VA2SPO  
    VA2TG  
    VA2UP  
    VA2WA  
    VC2A  
    VC2T  
    VC2VQ  
    VC2W  
    VE1 (any) All VE1 stations are in Zone 5
    VE2AXO  
    VE2BCH  
    VE2BVV  
    VE2BWL  
    VE2CAQ  
    VE2CJR  
    VE2CWT  
    VE2DC  
    VE2DSB  
    VE2DX  
    VE2DYX  
    VE2EB  
    VE2EBK  
    VE2EZD  
    VE2FBD  
    VE2FDJ  
    VE2FK  
    VE2FU  
    VE2FXL  
    VE2GDI  
    VE2GQF  
    VE2GSO Effective July 2015
    VE2HJ  
    VE2JCW  
    VE2JWH  
    VE2KBS  
    VE2MF  
    VE2MLS  
    VE2NVR  
    VE2OPB  
    VE2PDS  
    VE2PIB  
    VE2PID  
    VE2PZ  
    VE2RO  
    VE2RYY  
    VE2SCA  
    VE2SG  
    VE2TFL  
    VE2TKH Effective October 2015
    VE2TZT  
    VE2UC  
    VE2UVC  
    VE2VAT  
    VE2XK  
    VE2ZBI/M  
    VE2ZT  
    VE9 (any) All VE9 stations are in Zone 5
    VO1 (any) All VO1 stations are in Zone 5
    VY2 (any) All VY2 stations are in Zone 5
    XM2I  

    Known Shetland Islands Callsigns

    The following stations are known to have operated from the Shetland Islands (GM/S) at some time over the last few years.  Not all are currently active.

    2M0SPX GM/S
    GB2AES GM/S
    GB2ELH GM/S
    GB2QM GM/S
    GB2SAA GM/S
    GB2SLH GM/S
    GB2SUM GM/S
    GM0EKM GM/S
    GM4JPI GM/S
    GM4LER GM/S
    GM4S  GM/S
    GM4SLV GM/S
    GM4SSA GM/S
    GM4WSB/P GM/S
    GS0AAA GM/S
    GS3BSQ GM/S
    GZ1DVP GM/S
    GZ5Y GM/S
    MA0XAU GM/S
    MM0SHF/P GM/S
    MM0XAU GM/S
    MM5PSL GM/S
    MM6PTE GM/S
    MS0OXE GM/S
    MZ5A GM/S
    MZ5B GM/S

    Known CQ Zones for Antarctic Callsigns

    CALLSIGN CQ ZONE COMMENTS
    4K1A 39  
    4K1B 29  
    4K1C 29  
    4K1D 36  
    4K1E 29  
    4K1F 13  
    4K1G 30  
    4K1H 32  
    4K1J 13  
    8J1RL 39 Syowa Base 
    8J60JARE 39 Syowa Base 
    8T2BH 39  
    D8A 30  
    DP0GVN 38  
    DP1POL 38  
    FT3YL AN-017 Dumont D'Urville, F6KPQ, Start Feb 2017
    HF0POL 13  
    HL5BDS 13  
    IA0MZ 30  
    KC4/N2TA    
    KC4AAA 12,13,29,30,32,38,39  
    KC4AAC 13  
    KC4AAD 13  
    KC4AAE 29  
    KC4USB 32  
    KC4USN 12,13,29,30,32,38,39  
    KC4USV 30  
    LU4ZA   Marambio Base; LU4DXU
    LU4ZS 13  
    OJ1ABOA    
    OP0LE 38  
    OR4TN 38  
    R1ANC 29  
    R1ANR 38  
    R1ANT 29  
    RI1ANA ?  See ZS1OIN Molodyozhnaya Base, till March 2017
    RI1ANC 29 End 15 Feb 2017
    RI1AND 38  
    RI1ANN ? Progress station till 2/22
    RI1ANP 39  
    RI1ANR 38  
    RI1ANT 29  
    RI1ANZ 39  
    VK0GM 29  
    VK0JJJ 39  
    VP8DMH    
    VP8DPJ 13  
    VP8ME 38  
    VP8ROT 13  
    VU3LBP/P   Bharati Station 
    ZL5AA 30  

     

    Map of Turkish Callsign Prefixes

     

     

    USA/VE Zone Listing

    Zone 1. Northwestern Zone of North America: KL (Alaska), VY1/VE8 Yukon, the Northwest and Nunavut Territories west of 102 degrees (Includes the islands of Victoria, Banks, Melville, and Prince Patrick).

    Zone 2. Northeastern Zone of North America: VO2 Labrador, the portion of VE2 Quebec north of the 50th parallel, the VE8 Northwest and Nunavut Territories east of 102 degrees (Includes the islands of King Christian, King William, Prince of Wales, Somerset, Bathurst, Devon, Ellesmere, Baffin and the Melville and Boothia Peninsulas, excluding Akimiski Island).

    Zone 3. Western Zone of North America: VE7, W6, and the W7 states of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

    Zone 4. Central Zone of North America: VE3, VE4, VE5, VE6, VE8 Akimiski Island, and W7 states of Montana and Wyoming. W0, W9, W8 (except West Virginia), W5, and the W4 states of Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

    Zone 5. Eastern Zone of North America: 4U1UN, CY9, CY0, FP, VE1, VE9, VY2, VO1 and the portion of VE2 Quebec south of the 50th parallel. VP9, W1, W2, W3 and the W4 states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and the W8 state of West Virginia.

    CQ Special Statement on Crimea