Author: Alan, 5B4AHJ & Francesco, IV3TMM


The correct CQ zone for some Antarctic bases is not always apparent from QSL cards, and other sources. In fact, a number of QSL cards for Antarctic stations state the CQ zone incorrectly. eg R1AND. The correct CQ zone can be determined from the longitude coordinate of the base, from the following table. Refer also to CQ Antarctica zone map below.


Zone boundaries


Zone  Continent Eastern boundary, below 60° South

Western boundary, below 60° South

Notes by IV3TMM 
12 SA

70° W

120° W


13 SA 

26° W 

70° W

70° W is the first meridian which include all islands of the Antarctic peninsular 

38 AF

0° W 

36° E

26° W 

0° E

26° W because VP8 South Sandwich islands have to be in WAZ 13


39 AF 

80° E

36° E  


29 OC

129° E

80° E


30 OC 

170° E

129° E

129° E is along the boundary between the Australian states of Western Australia and South Australia 

32 OC

120° W

180° E

180° W

170° E



Original CQ zone map (1947)


CQ Antarctica zone map


List of all Antarctic bases & settlements
At the bottom of the page you will find a downloadable spreadsheet, compiled by IV3TMM, which is an excellent and comprehensive list of Antarctic bases and settlements. Complementing this is a kmz file, also by IV3TMM, for use with Google Earth.



Acknowledgements
All information above has been supplied by Francesco Crosilla, IV3TMM, and is believed to have been taken mainly from CQ Magazine sources.
Original zone map from CQ Magazine.


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