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2017 Helpful Hints

Last Update - 30Jan2017

 

Bad Spots

Invalid Callsigns

Valid Callsigns

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:  john@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.

  • Valid Callsigns

    2017 VALID CALLSIGNS
    4U0WFP Counts as Italy
    4U1WB Counts as USA
    4U20B Counts as Italy
    4U7F Counts as Italy
    EP2C Valid for 2017 Marathon
    H2017PFO 5B4
    J39JF Valid for 2017 Marathon
    KH2N USA - Zone 5
    KH2RU KP4
    KL7YY USA - Zone 4
    LU1ZI VP8 S Shetland
    LU4AA/Z VP8 S Shetland
    RI1AND Antarctica
    RI1ANZ Antarctica
    RI1PA Eu Russia
    RI59ANT VP8 S Shetland
    TO3Z FG
    TO5A FM
    TO7D FG
    TX5T FO - Austral
    YI1AKS Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1DZ Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1MOK Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1SAL Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI1UNH Valid for 2017 Marathon
    YI3WHR Valid for 2017 Marathon
    ZC4A Valid for 2017 Marathon

    Callsign Notes

    CALLSIGN UPDATES AND OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION
       
    5U5R  Operation on 10-12 January is valid
    C91B Was actually H74B on 20CW on 1 January around 2100Z
    C91PA As of his note in January, he does not work CW
    LU4CJM/Z Presuming S. Shetlands, but checking
    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
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

     

     

    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
    2 K9AJ/VY0  
    KD6WW/VY0  
    VA2NDX/VY0  
    VA2RC starting 1/1
    VA3CYW/VY0  
    VB2T  
    VB2W CQWW SSB 2016
    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
    VY0CF  
    VY0ERC  
    VY0HL  
    VY0JA  
    VY0JCW  
    VY0O  
    VY0X  
    5 VA2AM  
    VA2ASS  
    VA2DF  
    VA2ES  
    VA2EW  
    VA2MM  
    VA2OP  
    VA2PW  
    VA2SPO  
    VA2TG  
    VA2UP  
    VA2WA  
    VC2A  
    VC2T  
    VC2VQ  
    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 active from the Shetland Islands (GM/S):

    SHETLAND  
    2M0SPX GM/S
    GB2AES GM/S
    GB2ELH GM/S
    GB2QM 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
    4K1A 39
    4K1B 29
    4K1C 29
    4K1D 36
    4K1E 29
    4K1F 13
    4K1G 30
    4K1H 32
    4K1J 13
    8J1RL 39
    8T2BH 39
    D8A 30
    DP0GVN 38
    DP1POL 38
    HF0POL 13
    HL5BDS 13
    IA0MZ 30
    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
    LU4ZS 13
    OR4TN 38
    R1ANC 29
    R1ANR 38
    R1ANT 29
    RI1ANA ?  See ZS1OIN
    RI1ANC 29
    RI1AND 38
    RI1ANP 39
    RI1ANR 38
    RI1ANT 29
    RI1ANZ 39
    VK0GM 29
    VK0JJJ 39
    VP8DPJ 13
    VP8ME 38
    VP8ROT 13
    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