ITU: Punctuation Marks in Radio Station Callsigns

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Mon Apr 1 01:03:32 EST 1996


GENEVA (1 April) - The International Telecommuications Union
(ITU) announced that starting today, it will expand the
available callsign blocks by introducing punctuation marks
as charcaters in radio station callsigns.  This has become
necessary as the number of newly-independent states has
exceeded the number-letter combinations hitherto used by the
ITU to distinguish radio stations around the world.  Four
new ITU members were allocated blocks of callsigns in the
new format which they may assisn to radio stations under
their jurisdiction.  The new allocations are as follows:
Gallardia - @AA to @ZZ; Grand Fenwick - #AA to #ZZ; 
Dispepsia - &AA to &ZZ; Republic of Madawaska !AA to !ZZ.
(Comment: Amateur callsigns would likely follow the format
@A1CW, &M3DX, etc.)

Several ITU member administrations have indicated that they
will follow the ITU's example and employ punctuation marks
to supplement the callsign blocks now available to them. 
Industry Canada has announced that starting 1 January 1999,
all new station licences issued to Radio Amateurs in the new
territory of Nunavut will bear VE# prefixes, and VE8
amateurs in the new territory can exchange their existing
calls for VE# at their option.  Effective today, IC will
begin issuing two-character suffix callsigns with !, @, $,
%, ^, &, *, ( and ) in all Canadian call areas.  IC will
also include these characters in morse code examinations for
the Amateur Service.  

>From Esteban J. Morao" <yv5dta at  Mon Apr  1 00:46:57 1996
From: Esteban J. Morao" <yv5dta at (Esteban J. Morao)
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 1996 19:46:57 -0500
Subject: Pilots mikes?
Message-ID: <01BB1F4D.61B1B680 at>

Hello Gang...
I have a question on mikes....I wonder if the mike that pilot uses (the =
thin headphone. microphones) are good for contest? anyone have any =
experience with this mikes?
E-mail me direct and I will post a summary later

73 De Steve W4/YV5DTASteve Romagni Morao BSMIS
Systems Analyst=20
Allders International
e-mail:yv5dta at


>From michael d. ihry" <mihry at  Mon Apr  1 04:19:27 1996
From: michael d. ihry" <mihry at (michael d. ihry)
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 1996 22:19:27 -0600
Subject: need e-mail address
Message-ID: <199604010419.WAA03067 at>

hi all

need address where the scores are posted.
thought it was 3830.?? but seemed to
have lost the address.
de ac5ct..mike in tx

>From Ed Tanton N4XY <n4xy at>  Mon Apr  1 04:51:21 1996
From: Ed Tanton N4XY <n4xy at> (Ed Tanton N4XY)
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 1996 23:51:21 -0500
Subject: QRO
References: <199603312004.PAA23829 at>
Message-ID: <315F60C9.57A8 at>

Me too Rick... mine is an Alpha 78. But the problem raising all this 
commentary isn't either the 76 or the 78, but rather the pairs (and 
worse) of 8877s and such. There is a perfectly reasonable argument for 
such on RTTY: the 100% duty cycle thing; there is even a possibility 
that having the reserve PEP really DOES add to the REALLY instantaneous 
peaks without raising the measured (slowly/averaged) PEP our meters 
usually read. 

The primary problem I have with the 'truly high power' crowd is that 
4000-5000W OUTPUT is dishonest and illegal-and actually it is mainly 
with those who OPENLY-and apparently PROUDLY-flaunt it in the rest of 
our faces. That just isn't right, and it invites actions by the FCC that 
eventually will hurt ALL of us. Yes, it is just as wrong to run it 'in 
the dark', but at least the liklihood of repercussions affecting the 
rest of us are reduced. Thanks for your comments. 73
        Ed Tanton  N4XY  (770) 971-0436  Marietta, GA
        email: n4xy at   URL: Coming Soon

>From Ed Tanton N4XY <n4xy at>  Mon Apr  1 05:09:39 1996
From: Ed Tanton N4XY <n4xy at> (Ed Tanton N4XY)
Date: Mon, 01 Apr 1996 00:09:39 -0500
Subject: More Power, the real rule
References: <960331160726_260652430 at>
Message-ID: <315F6513.285F at>

W8JITom at wrote:
> You said:
> >I'm sure Tom that we both look like a couple of cats spitting back and
> >forth... I should have restrained myself when I let loose.
> That's always a good idea. I initally was going to let you have it. I was
> pretty disgusted when I read your posts. I'm not saying this out of anger,
> just as a point of fact. I'm saying it because I think you may not understand
> exactly how you "present yourself".
> For example you said:
> "Well Tom since you insist... whenever I have a QSO I always reduce
> power-if it was the Alpha 78-if I get something over 5x9... if I don't,
> I figure he isn't hearing me all that well to begin with and maintain.
> It did not take getting out of the third grade to be able to reason that
> out. Try it some time OM."
> What a snotty immature comment! And the closest you come to an apology for
> that very rude personal remark is "we both sound like cats spitting"! I made
> a point with no personal comments, and you attacked and insulted me!
> In another post, you were sure to mention what kind of car you had and point
> out what a responsible driver you were! Take a minute and re-read your
> comments Ed.
> If your point was the car can go 135 (or whatever) just say it and make your
> point. Why is it necessary to point out what type of car YOU have (implying
> value),  and then immediately launch into a comment on what a great driver
> YOU are?
> You may be a real nice guy, but my initial impression is you sound like a
> self-centered jerk!
> 73,
> Tom

Hi Tom... Well, what can I say. The honest truth is that I CAN be a 
self-centered jerk-especially when I get passionate AND angry. I took 
your remarks personally, and replied in what was (meant to be, I admit) 
a snotty manner-but a truthful one. I really DO ask and reduce power the 
way I mentioned; I really WILL NOT knowingly exceed the power limit for 
any reason; and I never thought about the KIND of car simply because I 
MEANT to imply a car 'faster than the average car'... e.g a two-hole 
Alpha 77 of a car! 

I do not apologize for the impassioned attempt to plead what I see as an 
ABUSE OF PRIVILEGE by some, and an eventual threat to my own privileges 
to run 1500W when needed. The only guys I SHOULD be pissed at are the 
ones who not only run it, but FLAUNT it. They are the characterless 
people I impune would be willing to do anything they deemed necessary to 
win a contest or get a rare QSO.

I DO APOLOGIZE for taking it personal and dumping it in that manner 
(or lack of them) on you. No excuse sir. 73 

        Ed Tanton  N4XY  (770) 971-0436  Marietta, GA
        email: n4xy at   URL: Coming Soon

>From Gary Schwartz <garyk9gs at>  Mon Apr  1 05:06:14 1996
From: Gary Schwartz <garyk9gs at> (Gary Schwartz)
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 1996 23:06:14 -0600 (CST)
Subject: TO5T
Message-ID: <Pine.3.02.9603312312.C24842-b100000 at>

On Sun, 31 Mar 1996, Jim Reisert AD1C wrote:

> TO callsigns are NEVER mainland France, they are the overseas territories. 
> Unfortunately, there are no strict rules on exactly which overseas
> territory.  For example, TO5M has been used both in Martinique and St.
> Pierre et Miquelon (FP).
> TO5T was in Martinique.
> 73 - Jim AD1C

Jim is exactly correct.  I was one of the ops for the TO5M operation to
Miquelon Is. in October 1995.  I was the one that handled all the
licensing.  For ANY/ALL of the French overseas territories, ANY callsign
having the prefix TO# can be chosen for a very limited amount of time and
for a special event like a contest.  This is the reason that the TO calls
are recycled so often.  Usually the special callsign is good for a maximum
period of 1 week.  The location has absolutely no bearing on the prefix.

Gary K9GS 
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>From AA7BG--Matt <AA7BG at>  Mon Apr  1 05:51:46 1996
From: AA7BG--Matt <AA7BG at> (AA7BG--Matt)
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 1996 05:51:46 GMT
Subject: More Power, the real rule
Message-ID: <199604010551.FAA16027 at>

At 01:21 AM 3/31/96 +0000, you wrote:
>	>>Within the FCC's jurisdiction, if you've EVER used more power 
>        >>than necessary to communicate with someone else, you've broken 
>        >>section "a" of the power rules.
>Yeah, silly really...
>A51AA:  QRZ?
>me (1 KW) :  AA5BT
>A51AA:  AA5BT - you're too loud, QRZ?
>me (100w): AA5BT
>A51AA:  BT, still hearing you easily
>me (10w): AA5BT
>A51AA: nothing heard, QRZ?
>me:  %&$#?**(&!
>Derek AA5BT, G3NMX 
>oo7 at

  A great bit of reflectalism. A real laugher-out-louder. Great stuff, great
	"Not in eleven years will man ever see worse condx."--unanimous
AA7BG at 			AA7BG				Matt Trott


>From sercom at (Andy)  Mon Apr  1 11:23:48 1996
From: sercom at (Andy) (Andy)
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 1996 13:23:48 +0200 (METDST)
Subject: WPX certificate
Message-ID: <199604011123.NAA13404 at>

Today 01/04/96 (isn't an April fool) I received my certificate for WPX 94 CW.
After received a lot of messages from people having trouble in getting WPX
certificate I send an E-mail to Steve Bolia, N8BJQ. I got no answer but I
get my certificate. And this is good. 

Thank you to anyone answerd me, thank you to the OM that gave me Bolia
E-mail, and above all thank you to Mr Bolia.

73 IK4WMG Andy - ShortWaveLongLife

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