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2016 Helpful Hints

Last Update - FINAL for 2016

 

Bad Spots

Invalid Callsigns

Valid Callsigns

Callsign Notes

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:  john@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

    VALID CALLSIGNS
    4J1926DORF Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4J1926HR Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4J29RA Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4J90RD Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4J90UD Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4JF1BAKU Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4JF1EU Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4JRA29 Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4K1926DORF Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4K1926HR Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4KF1BAKU Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4KRA29 Valid for 2016 Marathon
    4U0WFP Counts as Italy
    4U1WB Counts as USA
    4U20B Counts as Italy
    4U5F Counts as Italy
    4U6F Counts as Italy
    5A1AL Valid for 2016 Marathon
    9M4LTW Same as 9M6
    9M59MA Same as 9M2
    9M59MB Same as 9M2
    9M59MC Same as 9M2
    9M59MD Same as 9M2
    9M59MJ Same as 9M2
    9M59MK Same as 9M2
    9M59MM Same as 9M2
    9M59MN Same as 9M2
    9M59MP Same as 9M2
    9M59MQ Same as 9M2
    9M59MR Same as 9M2
    9M59MS Same as 9M6
    9M59MW Same as 9M6
    9M59MY Same as 9M2
    9Q6AL Valid for 2016 Marathon
    AO4HAG Spain
    GB0AYR Scotland
    GB0TTS Scotland
    GB100CSW Wales
    GB100TT Isle of Man
    GB2000SET Wales
    GB2003SET Wales
    GB3LMW Wales
    GB4AFS Wales
    GB6GEO England
    GB6NLI Wales
    GP4BRS Guernsey
    J39JF Valid for 2016 Marathon
    K4M Same as KP4 - Feb 2016
    KH2N USA - Zone 5
    KH2RU KP4
    KL7YY USA - Zone 4
    LU1ZI VP8 S Shetland
    LU4AA/Z VP8 S Shetland
    R2016A R0A (Asia - Z18)
    R25ARCK R0U (Asia - Z18)
    R25ARCK/0 R0C (Asia - Z19)
    R25ARCK/1 R1Q (Eu - Z16)
    R25ARCK/2 UA2F - Z15
    R25ARCK/3 R3D (Eu - Z16)
    R25ARCK/4 R9W (Asia - Z16)
    R25ARCK/5 R6R (Eu - Z16)
    R25ARCK/6 R4A (Eu - Z16)
    R25ARCK/7 R6T (Eu - Z16)
    R25ARCK/8 R9J (Asia - Z17)
    R25ARCK/9 R0R (Asia - Z18)
    RI1AND Antarctica
    RI1ANZ Antarctica
    RI1PA Eu Russia
    RI59ANT VP8 S Shetland
    RT9K/7 European Russia
    TC0F AS Turkey
    TC0MI Asia Turkey
    TC0TC Asia Turkey
    TC101E Asia Turkey
    TC101GLB EU Turkey
    TC101GP EU Turkey
    TC101GS EU Turkey
    TC101KT EU Turkey
    TC101SO Asia Turkey
    TC10NOV Asia Turkey
    TC18MART EU Turkey
    TC1LHW EU Turkey
    TC29EKM EU Turkey
    TC2016ANT Asia Turkey
    TC2016EXPO Asia Turkey
    TC3A AS Turkey
    TC3P AS Turkey
    TM39TJ France
    TM6C France
    TO1A Same as FY
    TO200SPM Same as FP
    TO2EE Same as FJ
    TO4OC Same As FM
    TO5A Same as FM
    TO5FP Same as FP
    TO66R Same as FG
    TO6ABM Same as FM
    TO6D France
    TO7D Same as FG
    TO972M Same as FM
    TP30CE Same as F
    TX7EU Marquesas
    TX8F Same as FK
    TX8JOTA Same as FK
    WW6RG/KH9 Valid for 2016 Marathon
    YI1AKS Valid for 2016 Marathon
    YI1DZ Valid for 2016 Marathon
    YI1MOK Valid for 2016 Marathon
    YI1SAL Valid for 2016 Marathon
    YI1UNH Valid for 2016 Marathon
    YI3WHR Valid for 2016 Marathon

    Callsign Notes

    CALLSIGN UPDATES AND OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION
    1A0KM Callsign was used by a pirate in April; No 1A0 activity in 2016.
    3C7A Was actually CT1EHI on 14Mar 2300, 40M SSB
    3C7A 20March, 21015, Between 1350 and 1514, it was actually 5J0P not 3C7A
    4U1ITU Some CW activity is from a pirate. We will use ClubLog to verify good QSO's.
    4X6TT/JY1 4X6TT was NOT in Jordan.  It was a memorial station in Israel
    5A6M Invalid until some proof of operation in Libya can be confirmed
    5N/PA3TG Contacts from 2 Oct are valid.  August QSO's were /MM and not valid
    6Y5JH Pirate use of a valid callsign. 
    C91PA SSB only operation - any CW QSO's are from a pirate
    H44MS Was spotted on 11Mar on 17 SSB but was really TX7EU
    HV0A Operation on 22 Oct was valid.  Operation on 23 Oct was from a pirate.
    HV4NAC Activity on 26Oct being investigated
    N4CC Lives in Idaho, but station is in FL
    SV2ASP/a 20M SSB 13 March - Pirate; Oct 16-18 pirate; Oct 22-23 probably pirate, Oct 9-10 - OK
    SV2RSG SV1RP reports that activity on 14 June was by a pirate
    T32TR Was actually V47TR on 14Feb 20 CW, 2230Z
    TZ4AM Nov 18, 2227-2300 on 160m was a Pirate
    VP6J, K9AJ/VY0 Both were active on 20CW on 28 Aug.  Between 1428-1500, K9AJ/VY0 was called in as VP6J.
    VP8STI - K5P Often these stations were spotted on same freq. Check the online logs to confirm your QSOs
    VU2TS Pirate on CW
    WH6AQ Located in W4, Zone 5 - NOT Hawaii
    YI1DZ Often pirated by operator Hassan
    ZL9A 80M activity on 8Jan at 1300Z was actually T88UW
       

     

     

    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.

     

    CANADIAN CALLSIGNS FOR ZONES 1,2,5
    ZONE CALLSIGN COMMENTS
    1 CK8G  
    VE8 (any) All VE8 stations are in Zone 1
    VY0M  
    VY1 (all) All VY1 stations are in Zone 1
    2 K9AJ/VY0  
    KD6WW/VY0  
    VA2NDX/VY0  
    VA2RC starting 1/1
    VA3CYW/VY0  
    VB2T  
    VB2W CQWW SSB 2016
    VC2Q  
    VC2X CQWW SSB 2012
    VC3W/2 CQWW CW 2016
    VE1RUS/VY0 Active February 2015
    VE2CSI  
    VE2DXY  
    VE2EKA  
    VE2FDJ/P August - NA-084
    VE2GSO Z2 Until July 2015, Zone 5 after that date
    VE2IDX 2011, 2015, 2016 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
    VF0X  
    VG2O  
    VO2 (any) All VO2 stations are in Zone 2
    VY0CF  
    VY0ERC  
    VY0HL  
    VY0JA  
    VY0JCW  
    VY0O  
    VY0X  
    5 VA2AM  
    VA2ASS  
    VA2DF  
    VA2ES  
    VA2EW  
    VA2MM  
    VA2OP  
    VA2PW  
    VA2SPO  
    VA2TG  
    VA2UP  
    VA2WA  
    VC2A  
    VC2T  
    VC2VQ  
    VE1 (any) All VE1 stations are in Zone 5
    VE2AXO  
    VE2BCH  
    VE2BVV  
    VE2BWL  
    VE2CAQ  
    VE2CJR  
    VE2CWT  
    VE2DC  
    VE2DSB  
    VE2DX  
    VE2DYX  
    VE2EB  
    VE2EBK  
    VE2EZD  
    VE2FBD  
    VE2FDJ  
    VE2FK  
    VE2FU  
    VE2FXL  
    VE2GDI  
    VE2GQF  
    VE2GSO Effective July 2015
    VE2HJ  
    VE2JCW  
    VE2JWH  
    VE2KBS  
    VE2MF  
    VE2MLS  
    VE2NVR  
    VE2OPB  
    VE2PDS  
    VE2PIB  
    VE2PID  
    VE2PZ  
    VE2RO  
    VE2RYY  
    VE2SCA  
    VE2SG  
    VE2TFL  
    VE2TKH Effective October 2015
    VE2TZT  
    VE2UC  
    VE2UVC  
    VE2VAT  
    VE2XK  
    VE2ZBI/M  
    VE2ZT  
    VE9 (any) All VE9 stations are in Zone 5
    VO1 (any) All VO1 stations are in Zone 5
    VY2 (any) All VY2 stations are in Zone 5
    XM2I  

    Known Shetland Islands Callsigns

    The following stations are active from the Shetland Islands (GM/S):

    SHETLAND  
    2M0SPX GM/S
    GB2AES GM/S
    GB2ELH GM/S
    GB2QM 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  
    DP0GVN 38  
    DP1POL 38  
    FT3YL   Dumont D'Urville, F6KPQ
    HF0POL 13  
    HL5BDS 13  
    IA0MZ 30  
    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  
    LU4ZA   Marambio Base; LU4DXU
    LU4ZS 13  
    OR4TN 38  
    R1ANC 29  
    R1ANR 38  
    R1ANT 29  
    RI1ANA ?  See ZS1OIN Molodyozhnaya Base 
    RI1ANC 29  
    RI1AND 38  
    RI1ANP 39  
    RI1ANR 38  
    RI1ANT 29  
    RI1ANZ 39  
    VK0GM 29  
    VK0JJJ 39  
    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