Author: Alan, 5B4AHJ
Kerguelen has been on the DXCC list since 1945. QSOs count for Kerguelen from 1945-11-15.
The DXCC enitity of Kerguelen currently consists of the islands of Foch, Howe, Kerguelen, and many smaller islands (about 300!).
From 1945 - 1950, Amsterdam & St Paul Islands also counted as Kerguelen, but became a separate DXCC entity in 1951, with QSOs counting from 1945-11-15.
All operations from the Kerguelen Island DXCC entity have been from the Port-aux-Français Station on Kerguelen Island. This base is the only base in the Kerguelen group, and is managed by TAAF.
The coordinates of Port-aux-Français Station are 49°21’S 70°13’E. Club Log uses these coordinates in the entity definition.
The IOTA reference for Kerguelen is AF-048.
The prefix for Kerguelen was FB8X until FT#X callsigns began to be issued in 1984, following a major re-organisation of the French callsign system.
Until 1973, personal callsigns were not issued to Kerguelen operators. All operators used the callsign FB8XX.
From 1973, personal callsigns were issued in the range FB8X[A-Z], and when these were exhausted, from 1981 in the range FB8XA[A-D], until the prefix change to the FT#X prefix in 1984.
The very first QSO made from Kerguelen I was on 1950-01-02, by FB8XX (tnx F2VX, LNDX).
Kerguelen is a whitelisted DXCC entity. The following table lists stations known to have been QRV from Kerguelen, and which are thought to be good for DXCC credit.
The callsigns below are the only ones that Club Log will map to Kerguelen, and only for QSO dates within the exception date range. These callsigns have been taken from QSL cards and other sources.
Callsigns not listed below, or QSOs outside the exception date range, will be not be mapped to Kerguelen, but will be mapped as INVALID.
|Call||Date/Note (follow callsign links to see exact dates, QSLs and additional notes)|
|FB8XX||1950 to 1973 - January Callsign used by all operators from Kerguelen I in that period|
|FB8XC||1972 - December to 1974 - February|
|FB8XA||1973 - January to 1974 - February|
|FB8XB||1973 - January to 1974 - February - confirmation of QRV dates required, please|
|FB8XD||1974 - QRV dates required, please|
|FB8XE||1974 - QRV dates required, please|
|FB8XF||1974 - August to 1975 - January|
|FB8XG||1974 - September to 1975 - January - better start date needed|
|FB8XH||1975 - QRV dates required, please|
|FB8XI||1975 - QRV dates required, please|
|FB8XJ||1975 - March to November (known QRV dates) - better dates needed|
|FB8XK||1975 - QRV dates required, please|
|FB8XL||1975 - July to 1976 July (known QRV dates) - better dates needed|
|FB8XM||1975 - July to November (known QRV dates) - better dates needed|
|FB8XN||1976 - QRV dates required, please|
|FB8XO||1976 - February to 1977 - January|
|FB8XP||1976 - QRV dates required, please. Possibly also QRV in 1978 & 1983, confirmation required. Email to DJ4EY.|
|FB8XQ||1977 - June to December. Possibly also QRV in 1979 & 1983, confirmation required.|
|FB8XR||1977 - June to December|
|FB8XS||1978 - January to December|
|FB8XT||1978 - QRV dates required, please|
|FB8XU||1978 - December to 1979. Better dates required, please.|
|FB8XV||1978 - December to 1980 - February|
|FB8XW||1979 - January to 1980 - January|
|FB8XY||1979 - September to 1980 - October|
|FB8XM||1981 - March to April (known QRV dates). Better dates needed.|
|FB8XZ||1981 - QRV dates required, please|
|FB8XAA||1980 - September to 1981 - November|
|FB8XAB||1982 - December to 1983 - December|
|FB8XAC||1984 - QRV dates required, please|
|FB8XAD||1984 - November. Better dates required, please.|
|FT8XA||1984 - December to 1985 - November|
|FT8XB||1984 - December to 1986 - January|
|FT8XC||1985 - September|
|FT8XD||1986 - December to 1987 - December|
|FT0XD||1987 - October|
|FT2XE||1987 - December to 1988 November|
|FT4XF||1988 - July (2 days only)|
|FT4XG||1990 - March to December|
|FT5XA||1990 - January to 1991 January|
|FT5XH||1990 - January to November|
|FT4XI||1990 - dates wanted please|
|FT5XJ||1994 - January to July & November/December|
|FT5XK||1995 - January to December|
|FT5XL||1995 - December to 1996 November|
|FT5XM||1997 - February|
|FT5XN||1997 - December to 1998 - December|
|FT5XO||2005 - March|
|FT5XP||2005 - November|
|FT5XP||2006 - February to March, also October|
|FT5XS||2009 - March|
|FT5XT||2011 - February|
|FT4XU||2015 - December to 2016 January|
|FT5XT||2016 - January, October|
|FT5XT ||2017 - July-August, October|
|FT4XW||2021 - October to 2022 - December. Provisional dates pending further information|
|Call||Ones that don't count|
|FT5XQ||2007 - All QSOs /MM|
|FT5XR||2008 - All QSOs /MM|
|FT5X/FR5HR||1998 - January - "Shipboard operation"|
|Call||More research/info needed - currently not whitelisted.|
|FT5XJ||1995 - March-April? DXNS #1645|
hamgallery.com Kerguelen Island, Africa FT8X, FB8X
Institut Polaire Français Subantarctic Islands - Kerguelen
RSGB & Geoff Watts DX News Sheet, various issues