Addition of Mount Athos to the DXCC List.

The following DXCC note was published on p98 of the February 1973 issue of QST:

"Official announcement is hereby made of the addition to the ARRL Countries List of Mt. Athos.  Located on the eastern peninsula of Halkidiki, Greece, Mt. Athos is a community devoted to religion and nothing else.  It is considered to be a Theocratic State within Greece and is unique in its distinctively separate administration with relation to the rest of Greece.  Consideration as a separate entity on the ARRL Countries List is therefore made under Point 1 of the Criteria (see page 131, October, 1972 QST). Submission of confirmations for DXCC credits for contacts with Mt. Athos may be made starting March 1, 1972. Confirmations for Mt. Athos submitted before March 1, 1972, will be returned without credit."

Location and extent of Mount Athos (red) in Greece


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Prefix SV/A, SY until????

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Mount Athos is a whitelisted DXCC entity. The following table lists stations known to have been QRV from Mount Athos and which are thought to be good for DXCC credit.
The callsigns below are the only ones that Club Log will map to Mount Athos. 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 Mount Athos but will be mapped as INVALID.
Please advise any missing valid Mount Athos callsigns to Alan, 5B4AHJor via the Help Desk.


CallDate/Note (follow callsign links to see exact dates, QSLs and additional notes)
SY1MA1972 - October
SV1DB/A, SV1ER/A1973 - April
1973 - April/May
SV1GA/A1975 - July
1977 - December
SV1DC/A, SV1IW/A, SV1JG/A1979 - August
1980 - April
W6LAS/SVA1983 - April/May confirmation required that this operation is good for DXCC credit
DL7FT/SV/A  1985 - June/July
1986 - March/April
SV2RE/SY, SV2QO/SY, SV2TX/SY, SV2UA/SY, SV2UF/SY, SV2WT/SY1987 - September
SV2ASP/A1989 - January until 2019 - May, continuously, but interspersed with some pirate operations.
SV2RE/A, SV2UA/A1990 - November
SY/DJ6SI1991 - April
SV2AUA/SY1991 - April
SY2A2000 - October until December
SV2RSG/A2016 - April, ongoing, but interspersed with some pirate activity
The ones that didn't count

SY5MALate 1973. No licence granted by  Ministry of Telecommunications in Athens   
DJ5CQ/SV/A1984 - May/June. DXNS: "ARRL has had the DJ5CQ/SV/A paperwork trtanslated and 'found no basis for authentication" and "Incomplete documentation".
SY1MABelieved to be a pirate operation,
SV0BV/A1995 - July
SY1UA1987 June until December. QTH Athens.
QTH Giannitsa City, northern Greece.
2008 - Pirate
June 2015 - June. Permission  to operate not granted by the Holy Council

Acknowledgements and references

Hamgallery Mount Athos, Europe

Les Nouvelles DX  

PA0ABM Mount Athos stories

Wikipedia Mount Athos

73 Amateur Radio Magazine Mount Athos at Last  - Chod Harris VP2ML

whitelisted DXCC entity