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Last Update - 16 June 2020

 

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
    3A2MW Pirate - 10 January 1600-1800z 20m FT8
    4U1A Valid callsign - Same as 4U1VIC
    4U1GSC Counts as Italy
    4U1ITU Closed starting March 10th.  Activity in April and May is from a pirate.
    4U2STAYHOME Valid callsign - Same as 4U1VIC
    4U9STAYHOME Counts as Italy
    4UNR Valid callsign - Same as 4U1VIC
    6O0/AK4KJ Investigating.  Callsign owner not replying to inquiries.
    9M4STAYHOME Planned to be used all over Malaysia
    9M4DUDUKRUMAH Planned to be used all over Malaysia
    9M4COVID19 Planned to be used all over Malaysia
    9N7AM Pirate on 3 February
    AX2020STAYHOME Zone depends on Operator
    CE9/WW3TRG Location unknown - attampting to confirm
    D2MEL Was actually DL2MEL on 4 Feb.  He was sending his callsign wrong.
    E51DDG South Cook
    JD1BMH Ogasawara
    JF7MTO/JD1 Ogasawara
    JU1XA Was actually YU1XA on 29Jan and 3 Feb - both on 40 SSB
    KL7AF Was operating from Grid EM70 on 15 June on 6M FT8
    P29ZL Pirate activity after 6 April
    R1ANN Antarctica Zone 38
    SV2RSG/A Pirate on 1 May 40M and 2 May on 20M
    TC0X Asia Turkey
    TC100KIDS Asia Turkey
    TC100TBMM Asia Turkey
    TC105GL Asia Turkey
    TC112ACIL Asia Turkey
    TC18GL European Turkey
    TC1STAYHOME European Turkey
    TC4PLH European Turkey
    TO0A Same as FS
    TO0CWO Same as FG
    TO10CWO Same as FG
    TO3F 30-31 May
    TO3FM Same as FM - 3-8 Feb
    TO3Z Same as FG, 21 Feb - 8 March
    TO4A Same as FM, 15-16 February
    TO5A Same as FM
    TO5O Same as FM; 22-30 July
    TO5T Same as FP, August 10-17
    TO7BP Same as FM - Operation cancelled
    TO7D Same as FG 13 Jan to 9 Mar
    TO7DL Same as FR 4-16 March
    TO8FTDM Same as FG
    TX4N Same as FO - Tahiti  11-17 Feb
    TX4VK Same as FO - Tahiti  11-17 Feb
    TX7MB Marquesas November, primarily EME
    TX8A Same as FK - 10-18 March
    VP8PJ Was actually YS/OE3GEA on 26Feb between 2141Z and 2357Z on 14023
    VP8PJ Was actually ZS1OPB on 1 March around 1700Z on 14192
    VU4R Activity on 2May was a pirate
    VX3X Special callsign for VE3IKV
    XM3T Special callsign for VE3DZ
    ZC4UW Last QSO was 8Jan at 09:56:19Z; A pirate was active after that date/time
       

     

    Invalid Callsigns

    INVALID CALLSIGNS
    9V1AW Pirate in late March
    CE0X Pirate
    CY0/N2NUB Presumed Pirate
    D2MEL Was actually DL2MEL on 4 Feb.  He was sending his callsign wrong.
    EZ  No EZ callas are accepted.  Turkmenistan has been off the air since August 2006.
    EZ/IK7JTF Pirate
    FK8IK/MM Maritime Mobile stations not valid for the DX Marathon
    FM/PE1IGM Not valid - operating from a boat
    J88HF Not valid - operating from a boat
    JD1BNA Pirate
    JX7G Pirate
    JX7R Pirate
    JX8R Pirate
    PH7Y/EP Pirate
    SG6T All QSOs invalid as operation is often from a USA based remote but location given as Sweden.  
    VU4AAV Pirate
    YI/TA2EZ No valid license

     

    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  
    VA2NDX/VY0  
    VA2RC Z2 1Jan2016 thru 1Jun2019
    VA3CYW/VY0  
    VA3ELE/2 June 28 to July 8, 2019
    VB2T  
    VC2Q  
    VE2/UT3UA Zone 2: 23-29 Jan & 20-25 Nov
    VE2CSI  
    VE2DXY  
    VE2FDJ/P August - NA-084
    VE2GT/150 IOTA NA-176 1 Sept 2019
    VE2IM CQWW CW 2019
    VE2TWO June 28 to July 8, 2019
    VE2XAA Silent Key
    VE2Z  
    VE3KTB/VY0  
    VF0X  
    VG2O  
    VO2 (any) All VO2 stations are in Zone 2
    VY0BRR  
    VY0CF  
    VY0ERC  
    VY0HL  
    VY0JA  
    VY0JCW  
    VY0O  
    VY0RAC  
    VY0RST Op: VY0CF
    VY0X  
    VY2NA/VE2 December 6-12, 2019
    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/MM0VIK 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 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 38 AN016; Neumayer station, Dec 2017-Feb2019
    DP0GVN 38 Neumayer Station III
    DP1POL 38  
    EM1UA or EM1U 13 Vernadsky Base, AN006
    FT3YL 30 Dumont D'Urville, F6KPQ, Start Feb 2017 AN017
    HF0POL 13  
    HL5BDS 13  
    IA0/DK6SQX or DK5SXQ 29 Concordia
    IA0/IZ1KHY 29 Concordia Jan2019
    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)
    LU1ZV 13 BASE ANTÁRTICA ESPERANZA 
    LU4ZA   Marambio Base; LU4DXU
    LU4ZS 13  
    OJ1ABOA    
    OP0LE 38  
    OR4TN 38  
    R1ANC 29 Vostek Station
    R1ANN 38  
    R1ANR 38  
    R1ANT 29  
    RI1ANA 39 Molodyozhnaya Base, till March 2017
    RI1ANC 29 Starts again 10 Feb 2020 with new op
    RI1AND 38  
    RI1ANL 38 Novolazarevskaya AN-016 Mar2018 to March2019
    RI1ANL 39 March 18, 2018 ONLY - Molodezhnaya Station
    RI1ANM 38 Vostok Station
    RI1ANN 38 Progress station till 2/22
    RI1ANP 39  
    RI1ANR 38  
    RI1ANT 29  
    RI1ANV 29 Vostek Station
    RI1ANW 38 Novolazarevskaya
    RI1ANX   NEED INFO
    RI1ANZ 39  
    VK0GM 29  
    VK0HZ 39 Davis Base
    VK0JJJ 39  
    VP8CTR 13 AN006
    VP8DMH    
    VP8DPJ 13  
    VP8HAL   Halley VI Base (SQ1SGB)
    VP8ME 38  
    VP8ROT 13  
    VU3LBP/P   Bharati Station 
    ZL5A 30 Scott Base
    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