[CQ-Contest] Funny/strange things heard in 'WPX
hhamwv at gmail.com
Tue Jun 1 20:50:03 EDT 2021
Sometimes a simple concept isn't as simple as it appears. The WPX contest
"A station operating from a DXCC entity different from that indicated by
its call sign is
required to sign portable."
But what if its call sign does not indicate a DXCC entity? It may not occur
upon first reading that there is a category of call signs that do not
indicate DXCC entity,
and that therefore those stations are not required to sign portable.
UN and UN agency stations are examples. The call signs for these stations
do not indicate
DXCC entity. I have worked "4U" in seven different DXCC entities on
three continents: USA
& UN (North America); Austria, Switzerland, ITU & Italy (Europe); and
C7 and 4Y,
authorized by the ITU for specific UN agencies, have similar status.
Of course, in WPX contests, the common "4U1" only counts once as a
there have been multiple "4U1" stations operating from different countries
during a single
WPX contest weekend. In the 2018 WPX, for example, 4U1A, 4U1ITU & 4U1WB,
three different DXCC entities on two continents, all were active.
So rules can be difficult to write. Common sense goes a long way, and
interpretations and FAQs
73, Dave K3ZJ
On Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 5:51 PM David Siddall <hhamwv at gmail.com> wrote:
> The requirement to sign portable only applies if your callsign does not
> reflect your DXCC country. In context, the rule reads:
> "A station operating from a DXCC entity different from that indicated by
> its call sign is required to sign portable. The portable prefix must be an
> authorized prefix of the country/call area of operation. In cases of
> portable operation, the portable designator will then become the prefix.
> Example: N8BJQ operating from Wake Island would sign N8BJQ/KH9 or
> N8BJQ/NH9. KH6XXX operating from Ohio must use an authorized prefix for the
> U.S. 8th district (/W8, /AD8, etc.)."
> 73, Dave K3ZJ
> On Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 5:30 PM N4ZR <n4zr at comcast.net> wrote:
>> The rule says, "The portable prefix must be an authorized prefix of the
>> country/call area of operation." It goes on, "KH6XXX operating from
>> Ohio must use an authorized prefix for the U.S. 8th district (/W8, /AD8,
>> Does this mean that my use of the callsign WR8AA from the third call
>> area without a /3 suffix will be disqualified? There were certainly few
>> to no US stations in WPX signing "/#"to denote their actual call area.
>> In fact, I logged exactly one in over 1100 QSOs.
>> 73, Pete N4ZR
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>> On 6/1/2021 12:21 PM, Mike Ricketts wrote:
>> > " The WPX rules require one to have a callsign matching his DXCC
>> > Otherwise scoring issues - 1 point vs 3 points - arise. Since AH2 is
>> > in the USA, he had to send something. I don't think his "/**#" needed
>> > match his USA call area, however."
>> > The rules do indicate that those operating in another DXCC entity, must
>> > a call from that call area. The specific example they use is KH6XXX
>> > operating in Ohio, would need to use something from the 8th call area.
>> > the # portion does matter.
>> > 73,
>> > Mike ND9G
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