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                                                    

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, 5B4AHJor via the Help Desk.

CallDate/Note (follow callsign links to see exact dates, QSLs and additional notes)
ZL1AI1966 - December until 1967 July
ZM1AAT/K1969 - October until 1970 - October
ZL1AA/K, ZL1YL/K1977 - October, November
ZL1BIQ/K1978 - 1979 exact dates required
ZL2BJU/K1978 - July 
ZL8AFH1984  - January until August
1984 - March
ZM8OY1985 - October until December
ZL8OY1986 - January until July
ZL8HV1986 - October until 1987 - September
ZL8GBS1991 - September/October
ZL8RS1992 - March, June until September
1995 - May
ZL8RI1996 - May
ZL8RS1998 - February, July, November
ZM8CW2000 - November
2001 - October/November
ZM8CW2003 - October
ZM8CW2006 - June/July
2007 - March
ZL8R2006 - October
ZL8X2010 - November, December
The ones that didn't count

ZL1ABZ1958 - cross-band QSOs.
ZL8BX1994/19950. Pirate operation
1996 - June and later. Pirate operations

ZL80FOC2018 -  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