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2018 Helpful Hints

Last Update - 16Jan2018

 

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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
       
    4U0R Counts as 4U1VIC
    4U0WFP Counts as Italy
    4U1A Counts as 4U1VIC
    4U1GSC Counts as Italy
    4U1WB Counts as USA, CQ Zone 5
    6O6O Was actually E31A on 14195, 15 Jan 1400Z
    HS/RA4AR Local Thai hams claim he has no license, we are investigating
    JW2US Currently operating from Bear Island
    JX3EX Pirate
    TC5OCK Asia Turkey
    TO3Z Same as FG
    TX5X Tahiti
    YI1H Pirate
    YI1RZ No longer in Iraq
    YI1SAL Valid for 2018 Marathon
    YI1UNH Valid for 2018 Marathon
    YI3WHR Valid for 2018 Marathon
    ZS8Z Any CW operations are from a pirate

     

    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.

     

    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
    VE100VIMY/VY0 19-25 February 2017
    VE1RUS/VY0 Active February 2015
    VE2CSI  
    VE2DXY  
    VE2EKA  
    VE2FDJ/P August - NA-084
    VE2GSO Z2 Until July 2015, Zone 5 after that date
    VE2IDX 2015, 2016, 2017 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  

    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