[CQ-Contest] Contest Calls

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Fri Feb 23 17:31:43 EST 2007

For a while it was considered "standard" for a callsign to have a prefix 
followed by a number.  In the case of prefixes like A2, A3, C2, J5 etc. 
that is the prefix and should technically be followed by a number and 
then a letter or more. Hence A22DX, A35DX, C21DX, J57DX etc. (made-up 
examples). I remember working C9RJJ back in the ARRL DX contest 1993 and 
shortly thereafter his call was changed to C91J. So I think this 
convention was adopted around that time.

Maybe this isn't a "rule" and licensing authorities can issue licenses 
leaving out the number, e.g. J7OJ etc.

At any rate, I don't care as long as I log it the way it was sent.

73, Zack W9SZ

On Fri, 23 Feb 2007 ku8e at bellsouth.net wrote:

>   Last time I checked the prefix for Dominica was J7 not J70. I see nothing confusing 
>  about some one using J7OJ as their call. I recall many people using 1x1 calls in past
>  contests like J7J and J7K from Dominica. Can't recall any J7 and some number after it call
>   I think  a lot of these broken calls have to do with some of the programs having a point and click
>   bandmap. Point  to the bandmap and click, It moves your VFO to the frequency and enters the call
>   in the callsign field of your program. If you are tired and it's late at night you might not be able to 
>   tell the difference between J70J and J7OJ on your computer screen.
> Jeff  KU8E

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