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[CQ-Contest] Re: CQ Zone 16/17

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Re: CQ Zone 16/17
From: John Warren <nt5c@texas.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 11:35:00 -0500
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Surely what matters in this discussion is where the "continental divide" is between Europe and Asia? European stations are presumably Z16, Asian Z17.

Art RX9TX has pointed out that the UA9S and UA9T suffixes are assigned randomly within Orenburg oblast, so that distinction doesn't help.

The Ural River flows through Orenburg city and oblast, and is shown in my National Geographic atlas as the boundary between Europe and Asia. This fits Art's suggestion that stations northwest of the river are in Europe Z16, and those southeast of it (like himself) are in Asia Z17 (correct Art?).

No matter. I learned sometime back that a station's Zone is what CQ says it is! The 9M0s on Layang-Layang atoll in the Spratly chain are about 100mi outside the eastern boundary of Z26 on most maps - but they count for Z26 (fortunately!).

John, NT5C.
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