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2020 Helpful Hints

 

Last Update - 17 Jan 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
    E51DDG South Cook
    JD1BMH Ogasawara
    JF7MTO/JD1 Ogasawara
    TO0CWO Same as FG
    TO10CWO Same as FG
    TO3FM Same as FM - 3-8 Feb
    TO5A Same as FM
    TO7BP Same as FM
    TO7D Same as FG 13 Jan to 9 Mar
    TX4N Same as FO - Tahiti  11-17 Feb
    TX4VK Same as FO - Tahiti  11-17 Feb
    TX7MB Marquesas November, primarily EME
       
       
       
       
       
       

    Invalid Callsigns

    INVALID CALLSIGNS
       
    J88HF Not valid - operating from a boat
    JX7G Pirate
       
       
       
       
       

     

    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 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