Author: Alan, 5B4AHJ
Following the announcement by ARRL that the ARRL Awards Committee had voted 6 to 1 to accept the DXAC recommendation that the UK Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus should be added to the DXCC list, the following was published in RSGB DX News Sheet #1151, dated 1985-01-22.
"ZC4 The ARRL News Release on ZC4 says: "Any credit submissions as a result of this action will not be accepted until June 1, 1985, and will be handled in the following manner:
Credits for ZC4 contacts made before August 16, 1960, will continue to be credited to the Cyprus listing.
All 5B4 credits count for Cyprus.
All ZC4 contacts made after the 1960 date were not necessarily with stations operating within the Sovereign Base Areas.
Cards that indicate operation from within the Bases will be so credited.The DXCC Desk will make good faith effort to ascertain the location of ZC4 stations where the location is not clearly indicated...The military bases are Akrotiri and Dhekelia."
1960-08-16 was the date that Cyprus became an independent republic.
To complicate matters, SBA stations also switched to the 5B4 prefix on 1962-07-01, but reverted to the ZC4 prefix on 1964-09-17, see the "Related article" listed at the end of this article for further information. Thus, in the period 1962-07-01 until 1964-09-17, both SBA and Republic of Cyprus stations used the 5B4 prefix, and all stations counted for Cyprus, due to the statement in the ARRL News Release above "All 5B4 credits count for Cyprus".
ZC4CI Famagusta - however some stations in Ayios Nikolaos, which lies very close to Famagusta, stated their QTH as Famagusta on their QSL cards.
ZC4CN Famagusta - as above
ZC4MO Mount Olympus - definitely counts as Cyprus, not British SBAs on Cyprus
ZC4RS Limassol - the nearest city to WSBA (very close)
ZC4SS Famagusta - known to be within ESBA - see below
"A DXNS correspondent, who was active as a ZC4, reports that since 1960, all ZC4 licences have been issued by the Joint Signals Board and are subject to the rules, regulations and frequent inspection by that body. There is no question at all that all operations by ZC4s were and are from within either the two Sovereign Base Areas or from within smaller areas administered by the SBAs, No ZC4 callsign has been used from Cyprus territory and no Cypriot national has used a ZC4 call other than from within SBA administered territory."