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2018 Helpful Hints

 

Last Update - August 18, 2018

 

Bad Spots

Valid Callsigns

Invalid Callsigns

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.

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    Valid Callsigns & Callsign Notes

     

    VALID CALLSIGNS & CALLSIGN NOTES
    3A/I1YRL Valid for the Marathon, but be aware his callsign is sometimes pirated
    3A2MD All QSO's on 19 & 20 April after 2207Z 19Apr were from a pirate
    3A2MD All QSO's on 30 April after 2030Z were a pirate.  No NA worked that day.
    3B7A A pirate was active 13April around 0030Z on 40M - check online log
    3C0W Station active at 0100, 2 March on 40 CW was actually 3C3W
    4S7JL/MM Operating Martiime Mobile in April - does not count for DX Marathon
    4U0R Counts as 4U1VIC
    4U0WFP Counts as Italy
    4U13FEB Counts as Italy
    4U18FIFA Counts as 4U1VIC
    4U1A Counts as 4U1VIC
    4U1GSC Counts as Italy
    4U1WB Counts as USA, CQ Zone 5
    4U29MAY Counts as Italy
    4U8F Counts as Italy
    4U8FOC Counts as Italy
    5Z4/LZ4NM Valid for 2018 DX Marathon
    6O6O Was actually E31A on 14195, 15 Jan 1400Z
    9L/KW4XJ Valid for the 2018 DX Marathon
    9M0W Was actually Z60A on 14014 8 March
    9M0W Was actually TN5R on 14170 13 March
    9M61MA Perak, 9M2
    9M61MB Selangor, 9M2
    9M61MC Pahang, 9M2
    9M61MD Kelantan, 9M2
    9M61MJ Johor, 9M2
    9M61MK Kedah, 9M2
    9M61MM Melaka, 9M2
    9M61MN Negeri Sembilan, 9M2
    9M61MP Penang, 9M2
    9M61MQ Sarawak, 9M8
    9M61MR Perlis, 9M2
    9M61MS Sabah, 9M6
    9M61MT Terengganu, 9M2
    9M61MW Kuala Lumpur, 9M2
    9M61MY HQ, 9M2
    C7A Counts as 4U1VIC
    GR2HQ Used from multiple DXCC locations in the UK.  QSL card indicates country worked.
    IF9/IT9PPG Operating from EU-054 - Italy
    JW2US Currently operating from Bear Island
    K9AJ/VY0 Fafard Island is in Zone 4
    KD6WW/VY0 Fafard Island is in Zone 4
    RI1ANL Zone 38 except on March 18, 2018 - activity was from Zone 39
    S79LD Valid for 2018 DX Marathon
    TA0/IK8LOV Asia Turkey
    TA0/MM0NDX Asia Turkey
    TA0/ON9CFG Asia Turkey
    TC18GL Asiatic Turkey
    TC19M TBD
    TC179JAN Multiple locations, credit will be given for either EU Turkey or Asia Turkey but not both.
    TC3SO Asia Turkey
    TC23TC Investigating QTH
    TC5OCK Asia Turkey
    TF2IM Pirate using TF2IM's callsign
    TO1A Same as FY
    TO1J Same as FM
    TO2BC Same as FY
    TO3Z Same as FG
    TO5A Same as FM
    TO5GI Same as FG
    TO6OK Same as FH
    TO7D Same as FG
    TO972A Same as FM
    TX5T Austral Islands - FO/A
    TX5X Tahiti
    V6J 23July, 14.260, After 0640Z, OJ0C was active.  Many bad spots claimed it was V6J.
    V85SS Any activity since 8 Jul 2017 is from a pirate
    VI70HI Active from both Zone 29 & 30 until 6Jan.  
    VU4G Station on 20CW around 1300 on 2 March was actually 4U1A.  Check the VU4G online log.
    VY0/K9AJ Fafard Island is in Zone 4
    KD6WW/VY0 Fafard Island is in Zone 4
    VK5MAV/9 Counts as Australia - VK
    VU3EBX Is actually located in VU7
    XX9B Was actually PJ5/SP2GCJ on 15 March 30m CW around 0200Z
    XZ2A Simon is submitting paperwork to ARRL DXCC desk.  
    YI1RZ No longer in Iraq
    YI1SAL Valid for 2018 Marathon
    YI1UNH Valid for 2018 Marathon
    YI3WHR Valid for 2018 Marathon
    ZL80FOC Counts as New Zealand (NOT Kermadec!)
    ZS9V Counts as South Africa

    Invalid Callsigns

    INVALID CALLSIGNS

    1A0KM

    Pirate on March 1

    1B/TA7AZC

    Does not count for any country or zone

    1U4UN

    Does not count for any country or zone

    4M5I

    Pirate

    5A/PD0LK

    Pirate

    5H3PM

    Pirate

    5U7VV

    Appears to be a pirate

    D1IY

    Invalid callsign

    EP/PH7Y

    Pirate

    FS/PE1IGM

    NOT valid for DX Marathon as he is operating from a boat

    HS/RA4AR

    Illegal operation, does not count for DX Marathon

    JX2018A

    Pirate

    JX3EX

    Pirate

    JX7A

    Pirate

    KH7KEN

    Invalid callsign

    P5DX

    Pirate

    TF2IM

    Pirate using TF2IM's callsign

    TU8/F5LPY

    Pirate

    YI1H

    Pirate

    YI1RZ

    No longer in Iraq

    ZS6BUU

    Pirate

    ZS8Z

    Not active in 2018

     

    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.

     

    CF2RC  
    CI0BRR  
    CI0CF  
    VA2BK June 7-11 2018 only
    VA2NDX/VY0  
    VA2RC starting 1/1/2016
    VA2SG/2 CQWW SSB 2017
    VA2ZM 2017 CQWW SSB
    VA3CYW/VY0  
    VB2T  
    VC2Q  
    VE2CSI  
    VE2DXY  
    VE2EKA  
    VE2FDJ/P August - NA-084
    VE2GSO Z2 Until July 2015, Zone 5 after that date
    VE2IM  
    VE2TKH Z2 Until October 2015, Zone 5 after that date
    VE2XAA Silent Key
    VE2Z  
    VE3KTB/VY0  
    VE7ACN/VE2 April 10-17, 2018
    VF0X  
    VG2O  
    VO2 (any) All VO2 stations are in Zone 2
    VY0BRR  
    VY0CF  
    VY0ERC Active in 2018
    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

     

    DH5CW

     

    AN016; Neumayer station, Dec 2017-Feb2019

    DP0GVN

    38

    Neumayer Station III

    DP1POL

    38

     

    FT3YL

    30

    Dumont D'Urville, F6KPQ, Start Feb 2017 AN017

    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

     

    LU1ZAB

    13

    Argentine Matienzo Base (LU4DXU)

    LU4ZA

     

    Marambio Base; LU4DXU

    LU4ZS

    13

     

    OJ1ABOA

     

     

    OP0LE

    38

     

    OR4TN

    38

     

    R1ANC

    29

     

    R1ANR

    38

     

    R1ANT

    29

     

    RI1ANA

    39

    Molodyozhnaya Base, till March 2017

    RI1ANC

    29

    End 15 Feb 2017

    RI1AND

    38

     

    RI1ANL

    38

    Novolazarevskaya AN-016 Mar2018 to March2019

    RI1ANL

    39

    March 18, 2018 ONLY - Molodezhnaya Station

    RI1ANN

    ?

    Progress station till 2/22

    RI1ANP

    39

     

    RI1ANR

    38

     

    RI1ANT

    29

     

    RI1ANW

    38

    Novolazarevskaya

    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