Addition of Kermadec Islands to the DXCC List.
The following DXCC note was published on p69 of the September 1955 issue of QST:
"Announcement is hereby made of one addition to the ARRL Postwar Countries List. The addition will be the Kermadec Islands. These Islands are located approximately 500 miles NNE of North Cape, New Zealand, and are administered by New Zealand.
DXCC credit will be given starting November 1, 1955, for creditable confirmations dated on or after November 15, 1945. This will permit foreign amateurs to start receiving credits at the same time as those in U. S. A. Confirmations received prior to November 1, 1955, will be returned without credit.
In future ARRL DX Competitions, those making contact with amateur stations located in the Kermadec Islands may claim credit for a separate country in accordance with DXCC rules."
Location and map
The Kermadec Islands consist of 13 islands and islets, located between 800km and 1000km north-east of New Zealand. Macauley and Raoul account for over 95% of the land.
Location map (credit www.seafriends.co.nz):
Kermadec Islands (main islands) credit Hobe / Holger Behr - Own work - tnx Wikipedia.
Prefix Initially ZL home call, from c1969 ZL/K, followed by ZL8 from 1984-01-01
Most Wanted List ranking
Kermadec Islands is a whitelisted DXCC entity. The following table lists stations known to have been QRV from Kermadec Islands and which are thought to be good for DXCC credit.
The callsigns below are the only ones that Club Log will map to Kermadec Islands. These callsigns have been taken from QSL cards and other sources.
Callsigns that are not listed below, or QSOs outside the exception date range, will be not be mapped to Kermadec Islands but will be mapped as INVALID.
Please advise any missing valid Kermadec Islands callsigns to Alan, 5B4AHJ, or via the Help Desk.
|Call||Date/Note (follow callsign links to see exact dates, QSLs and additional notes)|
|ZL1AI||1966 - December until 1967 July|
|ZM1AAT/K||1969 - October until 1970 - October|
|ZL1AA/K, ZL1YL/K||1977 - October, November|
|ZL1BIQ/K||1978 - 1979 exact dates required|
|ZL2BJU/K||1978 - July |
|ZL8AFH||1984 - January until August|
|1984 - March|
|ZM8OY||1985 - October until December|
|ZL8OY||1986 - January until July|
|ZL8HV||1986 - October until 1987 - September|
|ZL8GBS||1991 - September/October|
|ZL8RS||1992 - March, June until September|
|G4MFW/ZL8||1995 - May|
|ZL8RI||1996 - May|
|ZL8RS||1998 - February, July, November|
|ZM8CW||2000 - November|
|ZM8CW||2001 - October/November|
|ZM8CW||2003 - October|
|ZM8CW||2006 - June/July|
|ZM8CW, ZL1GO/8||2007 - March|
|ZL8R||2006 - October|
|ZL8X||2010 - November, December|
|The ones that didn't count|
|ZL1ABZ||1958 - cross-band QSOs.|
|ZL8BX||1994/19950. Pirate operation|
|ZL8RI||1996 - June and later. Pirate operations|
|ZL80FOC||2018 - May, Counts as New Zealand|
Acknowledgements and references
ARRL QST, September 1955
Anthony Quest G4UZN
Chiltern DX Club Newsletter December 1991 pp 7-10 - "Ramblings of a DX Editor" by Brendan McCartney, G4DYO.
Chris Hannagan, ZL2DX/ZL7DX, ex ZL8OY/ZM8OY
DokuFunk Hamradio from Kermadec
Hamgallery Kermadec Island
Les Nouvelles DX ZL / K - Kermadec
RSGB The DX News Magazine #12 June 1996 pp 6-13 "Thoughts of a Neophyte (and last time?) DXpeditioner or ZL8RI Raoul Island and the Ship to Hell" by Peter Watson ZL3GQ
Wikipedia Kermadec Islands
whitelisted DXCC entity