Norway introduces 2x1 contest call signs with LC prefix
Following a longtime request from the Norwegian contest community, the Norwegian Communication Authority (NCA) recently permitted the use of 2x1 contest call signs for individual radio amateurs.
With few exceptions 2x1 call signs have been reserved for club stations, which have also been permitted to use the LN prefix in contests. The new call signs will use the LC prefix and one letter suffixes. The 2x1 call signs are available for all radio amateurs with a Norwegian call sign. They are issued for contest use only and must be renewed every five years.
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The first issuance from the new call sign series took place on 15 April during Norsk Hammeting 2018, the biggest ham radio event in Norway. All applicants had to list five call signs in order of priority. Some call signs were applied for by several contesters, and those were allocated by random drawing among the applicants. All applicants received one of their listed call signs. 27 call signs were issued in the first issuance. The remaining call signs will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
Norsk Radio Relae Liga (NRRL), the national ham radio organization of Norway, has been given the responsibility to administer the contest call sign scheme on behalf of NCA. NRRL charges an administrative fee of 1 000 NOK (approx. 125 USD, 103 EUR) on issuance and renewal, while NCA charges the same fee on issuance only.
“We hope the shorter call signs will improve the QSO rates and the call sign readability and reduce the error rates for our contacts. With five and six characters call signs, Norwegian contesters may we have felt a little disadvantaged, but now we can be on equal terms with many contesters in other countries. Our only remaining issue now is our location way into the aurora belt, but that is a challenge we probably will have to live with”, says LB3RE Rag, leader of the NRRL Contest
Committee, with a smile.
“We are very pleased that the 2x1 call signs finally materialized, and hope this will inspire the Norwegian contesters to increased activity and recruit more contesters”, says LB1GB Bjorn, leader of LA Contest Club.
We hope to see you in many contests.
73 Frode LA6VQ
NRRL Contest Committee