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2019 Helpful Hints

 

Last Update - 16 May 2019

 

Bad Spots

Callsign Notes

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.

  • Valid Callsigns & Callsign Notes

    CALLSIGN NOTES
    3A2MA 30m FT8 activity on 13 March was valid
    3A2MW The 20m FT8 operation on March 2 and 11 was a pirate
    3Y0I Spots on 25Feb aat 17-18Z on 80cw were from a pirate
    4U1A Counts as 4U1VIC; All 60 meter operations are from a pirate
    4U500M Counts as 4U1VIC
    4U73B Counts as Italy
    5U4SK Was actually F5USK on 7.175 on 17 February at 2330Z
    5X2B Activity from  2200Z 23 Feb to 0400Z 24 Feb was from a pirate
    5Z4/LZ4NM Valid for 2019 DX Marathon
    7Z1IS Any 30, 60, 160 meter activity is from a pirate
    9M4CKT East Malaysia - 9M6
    9M4CRP East Malaysia - 9M6
    9M19TEA West Malaysia, 27Mar-27Apr
    C7A Counts as 4U1VIC
    DF13BLN Valid January 1 to June 30 - Germany
    DF13BUD Valid January 1 to June 30 - Germany
    DF13DEJU Valid January 1 to June 30 - Germany
    DF13MUC Valid January 1 to June 30 - Germany
    DF13PAR Valid January 1 to June 30 - Germany
    DF13STO Valid January 1 to June 30 - Germany
    DQ1200ASP Valid January 1 to December 31 - Germany
    E51NPQ  Planned Schedule - South Cook: March 9-11 and March 27 - April 11
    E51NPQ Planned Schedule - North Cook: March 13-25
    HV0A Operation on 4 March was from a pirate
    P29KW Valid for the 2019 DX Marathon
    TC10GITRAD Asia Turkey
    TC100ATA Asia Turkey
    TC100MKA Asia Turkey
    TC174EGM European Turkey
    TC18GL Used in multiple locations
    TC23TC European Turkey
    TC3A Asia Turkey
    TC5OCK Asia Turkey
    TO19A Same as FR (Reunion Island)
    TO2BC Same as FY - 21 March -2 April
    TO2MB Same as FM 15-24 December
    TO3Z Same as FG
    TO7D Same as FG - 14 Jan to 13 Mar
    TO8T Same as FM
    TX2A Austral Islands - FO/A
    V84SAA Was actually FR/UA4WHX on 12 Feb, 2220Z, 10105 CW
    VE7ACN/VE2 Zone 5, August 21-31, IOTA NA-077
    VP8CTR Is located in Antarctica IOTA AN006, Zone 13
    XF0X Counts as Mexico - NOT XF4
    Z22VC Valid for the 2019 DX Marathon
    ZA/IW2JOP Valid for the 2019 DX Marathon
       

    Invalid Callsigns

    INVALID CALLSIGNS
    1C0CAT Invalid callsign
    3A/I2COF NOT valid for the 2019 DX Marathon
    3A/IK4FXX No info on IK4FXX - we presume it is another 3A pirate
    3A2RC Apparent Pirate
    9D2DX Pirate
    9Q5/PD0LK Pirate
    D0 Invalid prefix
    EP3CSA Invalid callsign
    EP3FS Pirate
    FS/IZ5KID Not valid - operating from a boat
    FS5DX Invalid callsign
    HS10KING Not valid - operating from a ship
    JX7DX  Pirate
    JX7J Pirate
    JX7U Pirate
    JX7X Pirate
    P5USA Invalid callsign
    PJ7/IZ5KID Not valid - operating from a boat
    T2UP Invalid callsign
    T3ST Invalid callsign
    TI9DZ Pirate - 13March, 30m FT8
    TJ/PD0LK Pirate
    TJ/PH7Y Pirate
    TT/PH7Y Pirate
    ZL8FBH Invalid callsign
    ZL9CNB/MM Not valid for DX Marathon - operating from a boat

     

    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 CQWW CW 2018
    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
    2M0VIK GM/S
    GM0GFL GM/S
    GM0JDB 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
    GS7V GM/S
    GZ1DVP GM/S
    GZ5Y GM/S
    MA0XAU GM/S
    MM0SHF/P GM/S
    MM0XAU GM/S
    MM0ZRC GM/S
    MM5PSL GM/S
    MM6PTE GM/S
    MS0INT 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
    8J60JARE 39
    8T2BH 39
    D8A 30
    DH5CW 38
    DP0GVN 38
    DP1POL 38
    EM1UA or EM1U 13
    FT3YL 30
    HF0POL 13
    HL5BDS 13
    IA0/IZ1KHY 29
    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
    LU4ZA  
    LU4ZS 13
    OJ1ABOA  
    OP0LE 38
    OR4TN 38
    R1ANC 29
    R1ANR 38
    R1ANT 29
    RI1ANA 39
    RI1ANC 29
    RI1AND 38
    RI1ANL 38
    RI1ANL 39
    RI1ANM 38
    RI1ANN ?
    RI1ANP 39
    RI1ANR 38
    RI1ANT 29
    RI1ANV 29
    RI1ANW 38
    RI1ANX  
    RI1ANZ 39
    VK0GM 29
    VK0HZ 39
    VK0JJJ 39
    VP8CTR 13
    VP8DMH  
    VP8DPJ 13
    VP8ME 38
    VP8ROT 13
    VU3LBP/P  
    ZL5A 30
    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