The DXCC entity of Mellsh Reef was added to the DXCC Countries list in 1972.
QST October 1972 announces:
"Announcement is hereby made of the addition to the ARRL Countries List of Mellish Reef. Located at approximately 17 degrees 25 minutes South latitude and 155 degrees 52 minutes East longitude, Mellish Reef is territory belonging to Australia. This addition to the Countries List is made under Point 2(a) of the criteria <snip>.
Submissions for DXCC credits of confirmations for contacts made with Mellish Reef may be made starting November 1, 1972"
Unusually, no statement is made of the date from which QSOs count, but this is believed to be 1945-11-15, although the first activity did not take place from Mellish Reef until July 1972.
Location map (credit: https://www.qsl.net/vk9ml/
Prefix: VK9M, AX9M, VI9M, VJ9M, VL9M.
Ranking in "Most Wanted" league.
The IOTA reference for Mellish Reef is OC-072.
Mellish Reef is a whitelisted DXCC entity. The following table lists stations known to have been QRV from Mellish Reef and which are thought to be good for DXCC credit.
The callsigns below are the only ones that Club Log will map to Mellish Reef . 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 Mellish Reef but will be mapped as INVALID.
Please advise any missing valid Mellish Reef callsigns to Alan, 5B4AHJ, or via the Help Desk.
|Call||Date/Note (follow callsign links to see exact dates, QSLs and additional notes)|
|VK9JW||1972 - July|
|VK9ZR||1978 - October|
|VK9ZR||1982 - May|
|VK9MR||1984 - October|
|VK9ZM||1989 - January|
|VK9MM||1993 - September|
|VK4ALF/VK9M (VK4ALF/VK9)||1995 - October/November|
|VK9ML||2001 - April|
|VK9ML||2002 - April|
|VK9GMW||2009 - March/April|
|VK9MT||2014 - March/April|
|VK9MA||2017 - November|
|The ones that didn't happen|
|VK9NP/P||1971 - Deterioration of WX and of the condition of the boat after VK9NP/W|
|VK9MO||Licence issued but call never used|
|VK9MX||Licence issued but call never used|
Acknowledgements and references
ARRL - QST October 1972
Hamgallery - Mellish Reef, Oceania VK9M
Les Nouvelles DX
Amateur Radio (VK) - The Mellish Reef Saga - Don Marshall VK4ZAF
Wikipedia - Coral Sea Islands - Mellish Reef