The DXCC entity of Banaba Island was added to the DXCC Countries List in 1989.

The ARRL Letter 1989-12-18 carries the following announcement::

"By unanimous vote (7-0), the ARRL Awards Committee has accepted the recommendations of the DX Advisory Committee to add Conway Reef (3D2) and Banaba (T33) to the ARRL DXCC Countries List Criteria"

<snip Conway paragraph>

"Banaba (T33), part of the Republic of Kiribati, is an island located approximately 260 miles southwest of Tarawa in Western Kiribati (T31). There were a few operations from Banaba, formerly known as Ocean Island, before the T33JS/T33RA activity of May 1989. Those VR1 operations will also be creditable."


"There are a few DXCC members who have been given credit for Western Kiribati (formerly known as Gilbert Islands, including Tarawa) based on an Ocean Island QSO with a VR1 station before 1979. They may submit this QSL card for the proper Banaba credit  (along with a Gilbert Islands or Western Kiribati card for Western Kiribati credit) <snip>.

Location map (credit: Martin W. Lewis, GeoCurrents

Prefix:  T33, VR1

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The IOTA reference for Banaba Island  is OC-018.


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

CallDate/Note (follow callsign links to see exact dates, QSLs and additional notes)
1960 - November until 1964 - October
VR1N1963 - May/June
VR1L1967 - September until 1970 - September
VR1AF1976 - April to 1979 - October
VR1AG1977 - March to 1978 - September
T3KA1979 - October QSL required
T33JS, T33RA1989 - May T33RA QSL required
T33C, T33WV, T33X1990 - November QSLs required
T33R T33T1990 - November
T33CS, T33KK1994 - March/April
T33JH1997 - July
T33VU1998 - December until 1999 - February
T33RD1999 - March/April
T33CW, T33Y
1999 - October/November
T33C, T33CA, T33CF, T33LP, T33I, T33IC, T33MR, T33OA, T33ND, T33NN T33PA,  T33S, T33TW, T33WP, T33WU2004 - March/April  T33CA, T33CF, T33IC, T33LP, T33MR, T33ND, T33NN, T33OA, T33S QSLs required
T33ZZ2008 - October

T33AT33FL, T33KV, T33PT, T33X 2013 - November T33X QSL required, please. 
T33T, T33KC2022 - November
T33KK2022 - November on going (resident)
T33BA, T33BB2023 - January

Unconfirmed  operations
T33HA2011 - October. Confirmation required that this operation took place.

Operations that did not happen or do not count
T33YLLicence issued but call never activated

Acknowledgements and references

ARRL Letter 1989-12-18

Hamgallery Banaba Island (Ocean Is.), Oceania

Les Nouvelles DX VR1 - Banaba

NCDXF Newsletter Winter 1990

Wikipedia Banaba