[CQ-Contest] RE: What country...

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Tue Dec 18 13:01:22 EST 2001

On Tue, 18 Dec 2001, John Warren wrote:

> >I worked  E29AL over the wkend but the NA software doesn't give me a mult.
> >Is it a legal one and if so what?
> Quite regularly someone asks "What country is xxxxxx?"; "Where is yyyyy?".
> Every legal operation uses an ITU prefix. Just look it up in 
> "Allocation of International Call Sign Series" in the back of ARRL's 
> DXCC List publication. For example, you'll find "E2A-E2Z  Thailand". 
> If a prefix is not there (e.g. 1B1, T0) it ain't legal! 
> Additions/changes are quite infrequent: "4WA-4WZ  United Nations" is 
> the most recent one, although that doesn't tell you which UN 
> operation.
> I'm sure this official ITU list must be on line somewhere. Also, it's 
> used by the ICAO for aircraft registrations. Look at an El Al 
> airliner, and you'll see a "4X" or "4Z" number.
> John, NT5C.

There is at least one exception - 1A0KM, Soveriegn Military Order of
Malta (actually an extraterritorial region in Rome).

Spratley operations in the past have used 1S as their prefix but none of
the recent operations from Spratley have used this.

73 and Happy Holidays, 
Zack W9SZ

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