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, 5B4AHJ, or via the Help Desk.
|Call||Date/Note (follow callsign links to see exact dates, QSLs and additional notes)|
|SY1MA||1972 - October|
|SV1DB/A, SV1ER/A||1973 - April|
|SY1MA||1973 - April/May|
|SV1GA/A||1975 - July|
|SY1MA||1977 - December|
|SV1DC/A, SV1IW/A, SV1JG/A||1979 - August|
|SV1DC/A, SV1IW/A, SV1JG/A||1980 - April|
|W6LAS/SVA||1983 - April/May confirmation required that this operation is good for DXCC credit|
|DL7FT/SV/A ||1985 - June/July|
|DL7FT/SV/A ||1986 - March/April|
|SV2RE/SY, SV2QO/SY, SV2TX/SY, SV2UA/SY, SV2UF/SY, SV2WT/SY||1987 - September|
|SV2ASP/A||1989 - January until 2019 - May, continuously, but interspersed with some pirate operations.|
|SV2RE/A, SV2UA/A||1990 - November|
|SY/DJ6SI||1991 - April|
|SV2AUA/SY||1991 - April|
|SY2A||2000 - October until December|
|SV2RSG/A||2016 - April, ongoing, but interspersed with some pirate activity|
|The ones that didn't count|
|SY5MA||Late 1973. No licence granted by Ministry of Telecommunications in Athens |
|DJ5CQ/SV/A||1984 - May/June. DXNS: "ARRL has had the DJ5CQ/SV/A paperwork trtanslated and 'found no basis for authentication" and "Incomplete documentation".|
|SY1MA||Believed to be a pirate operation,|
|SV0BV/A||1995 - July|
|SY1UA||1987 June until December. QTH Athens.|
|SV2/SV1RP/A||QTH Giannitsa City, northern Greece.|
|SY1MA||2008 - Pirate|
|SV2/SV1RP/T||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