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.


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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.

Please advise any missing Kerguelen callsigns, to Alan, 5B4AHJ, email address on QRZ.COM, or via the Help Desk. 


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 QRV dates required, please. Possibly also QRV in 1979 & 1983, confirmation required.
FB8XR
1977 QRV dates required, please
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
   
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 

Acknowledgements

ARRL/QST

F2JD  calls-taaf.xls

hamgallery.com Kerguelen Island, Africa FT8X, FB8X

Institut Polaire Français Subantarctic Islands - Kerguelen

LNDX FB8XX Archipel des Kerguelen

LNDX FB8XA-FB8XAD Archipel des îles Kerguelen

LNDX FT8XA-FT5X_ Archipel des îles Kerguelen 

RSGB & Geoff Watts DX News Sheet, various issues

WAP-WACA Antarctic, Sub-Antarctic and Peri-Antarctic Directory 2013 


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