[CQ-Contest] ARRL DX, Canadian multipliers

Alan Zack k7acz at cox.net
Mon Feb 20 02:28:43 EST 2006

Yes, it must be confusing to the DX when a W6 gives FL for a state or 
what appears to be the wrong zone in the CQWWDX.  I'd like to see the US 
go back to the old system.  It burns me when a rare DX in Africa is 
working the pile by the numbers and when he gets to the 6 and 7's the 6 
and 7's on the East Coast work him and leave the REAL 6 and 7's 
lacking.  Of course it works the same for the East Coast when the DX is 
in Asia or OC and asks for 1, 2, or 3's and all the 1, 2, and 3's in the 
Western US make the contacts and leaves the East Coast hanging.  Also 
makes it interesting when the US states DMV call letter license plates 
show calls for areas outside the state where the plates are issued.  But 
I shouldn't talk, my auto ham license plates issued to me in the 
Philippines has my former US call letters.

Kelly Taylor wrote:

>Hi all,
>Greetings to all global competitors in ARRL DX. Nice to work all of you. And nice to have sunspots and a forgiving auroral cap to be ABLE to work all of you!
>One thing that became apparent in many QSOs this weekend, though, is that some of you may be under the impression that Canadian prefixes don't indicate geography. This is not true. Unlike the U.S., we must still identify if we are outside of our home call area. So if you know VE4 is Manitoba, and work a VE4 with no portable suffix, he's in Manitoba.
>A complete listing of Canadian prefixes and their respective provinces is at http://www.rac.ca/regulatory/precan.htm
>A complete listing of ARRL multipliers used in ARRL DX is at
>Some may argue that makes Canadian QSOs easier to deduce in heavy QRM, but that's an argument to take up with ARRL. (The contest rules only stipulate a portable designation when your location is a different DXCC entity than your home call area (KH6XZY/W6, for example). FCC regs stopped requiring an N1 in W6 to sign /W6 long ago.)
>73, kelly
>Canada - where prefixes still mean something.

Alan Zack
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