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2018 Helpful Hints

Last Update - 12Jun2018

 

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

     

    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

    C7A

    Counts as 4U1VIC

    JW2US

    Currently operating from Bear Island

    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

    TO2BC

    Same as FY

    TO3Z

    Same as FG

    TO5A

    Same as FM

    TO5GI

    Same as FG

    TO7D

    Same as FG

    TO972A

    Same as FM

    TX5X

    Tahiti

    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.

    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!)

     

     

     

    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
    D1IY Invalid callsign
    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
    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

     

    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

    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
    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