CQ Magazine's Annual DX Marathon
2021 Helpful Hints
Last Update - 4 March 2021
Zone 2 Callsigns
Shetland Is (GM/S) Callsigns
CQ Zones for Antarctic Callsigns
Map of Antarctic Bases
Map of Turkish Callsigns
China WAZ Zone Map
USA/VE Zone Definitions
CQ Statement on Crimea
Valid Callsigns & Callsign Notes
|3A||Many pirates - makes ure you can confirm your QSO|
|4U0WFP||Counts as Italy|
|4U1A||Valid callsign - Same as 4U1VIC|
|4U1GSC||Counts as Italy|
|4U1WB||Counts as USA|
|4U13FEB||Counts as Italy|
|4U75A||Valid callsign - Same as 4U1VIC|
|4U75B||Counts as Italy|
|4UNR||Valid callsign - Same as 4U1VIC|
|5N/KE5GUR||he is in Nigeria, but not sure if he is licensed.|
|C7A||Valid callsign - Same as 4U1VIC|
|HC8MA||Activity on 9 Feb was from HC not HC8|
|JD1BMH||All 60m activity is from a pirate|
|VP8/SQ1SGB||Same as CE9 - Zone 13|
|ZS6JSI/TY||Valid for Benin for 2021 DX Marathon|
|ZS7ANF||Same as CE9 - Zone 38|
|1A0KM||Pirate on 20 January|
|DP0POL/MM||Not valid - operating from a boat|
|EZ||No EZ callsigns are accepted. Turkmenistan has been off the air since August 2006.|
|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|
|JH1YJR||Operating a remote in grid DM58|
|T2J||Not active in 2021|
|TY7C||No operation in 2021|
|VU2GSM||Contacts with VU2GSM not valid for the DX Marathon as he uses remote receivers.|
|YK1AH||Pirate - license holder is SK|
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.
The following callsigns are good for Zone 2. As 2021 expeditions are announced, more callsigns will be added.
VE2CSI Resident VE2IDX Contests only VE2IM Resident VO2 (any) All VO2 stations are in Zone 2 VY0ERC Resident
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.
|GM4SSA - Silent Key||GM/S|
Known CQ Zones for Antarctic Callsigns
|DH5CW||38||AN016; Neumayer station, Dec 2017-Feb2019|
|DP0GVN||38||Neumayer Station III|
|EM1UA or EM1U||13||Vernadsky Base, AN006|
|FT3YL||30||Dumont D'Urville, F6KPQ, Start Feb 2017 AN017|
|IA0/DK6SQX or DK5SXQ||29||Concordia|
|LU1ZAB||13||Argentine Matienzo Base (LU4DXU)|
|LU1ZG||13||Base Belgrano II|
|LU1ZV||13||BASE ANTÁRTICA ESPERANZA|
|LU3HRS/Z||ITU Zone 73|
|LU4ZA||Marambio Base; LU4DXU|
|RI01ANT||29, 38||Vostek Station|
|RI1ANA||39||Molodyozhnaya Base, till March 2017|
|RI1ANC||29||Starts again 10 Feb 2020 with new op|
|RI1ANL||38||Novolazarevskaya AN-016 Mar2018 to March2019|
|RI1ANL||39||March 18, 2018 ONLY - Molodezhnaya Station|
|RI1ANN||38||Progress station till 2/22|
|VP8HAL||Halley VI Base (SQ1SGB)|
Map of Turkish Callsign Prefixes
Note: Only TA1 Callsigns are in European Turkey
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