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Prefixes that are used for radio and television are usually allocated by ITU. They also form the basis for, but do not exactly match, aircraft registration identifiers. But in some cases, especially among amateur radio operators other, by ITU unallocated, callsigns are used when operating from disputed areas or countries that are internationally not (yet) recognized. They can be:

  • unofficial - used by individuals without any issued permit
  • temporary - issued by local authority
  • official - recognized internationally by different organisations

Prefixes for those stations are either unallocated or unavailable by ITU definitions.

ITU unallocated and unavailable call sign prefixesEdit

Unallocated: The following call sign prefixes are available for future allocation by the ITU. (x represents any letter; n represents any digit from 2–9.)

  • E8, E9, H5, J9, On, S4, T9*, Un, V9, Xn, YZ*, Z4–Z7, Z9, 4N*.

(* Indicates a prefix that has recently been returned to the ITU.)

Unavailable: Under present ITU guidelines the following call sign prefixes shall not be allocated .[1] (x represents any letter; n represents any digit from 2–9.)

  • nn, x0, x1, 0x, 1x, Qx.
  • no prefixes beginning with Q are used—they may be confused with Q codes.
  • no prefixes with the digits 1 or 0 are used—they may be confused with the letters I or O.
  • two digit prefixes (nn) are not as yet considered by the ITU.

Table of Non-ITU radio prefixesEdit

[2][3]

Call Sign Series State / territory Status Organisation(s)
0
0Q Bavaria Official status unknown / unofficial N/A
0S Principality of Seborga Official status unknown / unofficial N/A
1
1A Sovereign Military Order of Malta Official, DXCC entity SMOM Sovereign Military Order of Malta
1B Northern Cyprus Official status unknown / unofficial N/A
1B Blenheim Reef Unofficial N/A
1C Chechnya Unofficial - now RA6 N/A
1G Geyser Reef Unofficial N/A
1L Liberland Temporary LARA Liberland Amateur Radio Association
1M Minerva Reefs Unofficial N/A
1S Spratly Islands Unofficial - now 9M0, DX0 or BV9, DXCC entity N/A
1SL, 1S Principality of Sealand Official status unknown / unofficial N/A
1X Chechnya Unofficial - now RA6 N/A
1Z Kayin State Official status unknown / unofficial N/A
D
D0–D1 Donetsk People's Republic Official status unknown / unofficial Unknown
H
H5 Bophuthatswana Official status unknown / unofficial N/A
M
M1 San Marino Temporary, no longer used - now T7 N/A
O
O1 South Ossetia Unofficial N/A
S
S0 Western Sahara Official, DXCC entity Western Sahara's Amateur Radio Society (SØ1WS)
S4 Ciskei (South Africa) Unofficial, no longer used - now ZS N/A
S8 Transkei Unofficial, no longer used - now ZS N/A
T
T0 Principality of Seborga Official status unknown / unofficial N/A
T1 Transnistria Unofficial N/A
T4 Venda (South Africa) Unofficial, no longer used - now ZS
Prefix is assigned to Cuba
N/A
T8 Principality of Seborga Official status unknown / unofficial
Prefix is assigned to Palau
N/A
V
V9 Vendaland (South Africa) Unofficial, no longer used - now ZS N/A
X
X5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Temporary, no longer used - now E7 N/A
Z
Z6 Kosovo Official in Kosovo, unapproved by ITU [4]
DXCC entity [5]
SHRAK Shoqata e Radioamatorëve të Kosovës

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://life.itu.int/radioclub/rr/res-13.pdf
  2. ^ "AMATEUR RADIO PREFIXES". Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Amateur Radio Prefixes". Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  4. ^ https://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-t/opb/sp/T-SP-OB.1149-2018-OAS-PDF-E.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.arrl.org/news/amendment-to-arrl-dxcc-rules-will-expand-dxcc-list

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