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Worked ITU Zones

This award may be claimed by any licensed radio amateur eligible under the General Rules who can produce evidence of having contacted, since 15 November 1945, land based amateur radio stations in at least 70 of the 75 broadcasting zones as defined by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The certificate holder may claim, on payment of a contributory charge, a handsome plaque with a plate detailing name, callsign, date and number of the award. Additionally, an amateur providing evidence of having contacted all 75 ITU zones may claim the Supreme Plaque in recognition of the magnitude of the achievement again on payment of a contributory charge.

5 Band Worked ITU Zones (5BWITUZ)

This award, available in 5 classes, may be claimed by any licensed radio amateur eligible under the General Rules who can produce evidence of having contacted, since 15 November 1945, the required number of land based amateur radio stations located in the 75 ITU broadcasting zones, using all 5 bands, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Each station should be located in a different ITU zone per band. The 5 classes are for contacts as follows:

  • 5BWITUZ Supreme 350 zones
  • 5BWITUZ Class 1 325 zones
  • 5BWITUZ Class 2 300 zones, with a minimum of 50 on each band
  • 5BWITUZ Class 3 250 zones, with a minimum of 40 on each band
  • 5BWITUZ Class 4 200 zones, with a minimum of 30 on each band

Certificates will be issued to winners of all classes. Also, as in the case of the WITUZ, winners of the Class 1 award may claim a handsome plaque suitably inscribed, while winners of the Supreme Award will be eligible for the Supreme Plaque, both on payment of a contributory charge.

WARC Band Endorsement

A holder of the basic award who can produce evidence of contact with the required number of ITU zones on the 10, 18 and 24 MHz bands may claim a WARC Band “sticker” endorsement. This is available in 5 classes as follows:

  • 5BWITUZ (WARC) Supreme 210 zones
  • 5BWITUZ (WARC) Class 1 195 zones
  • 5BWITUZ (WARC) Class 2 180 zones, with a minimum of 50 on each band
  • 5BWITUZ (WARC) Class 3 150 zones, with a minimum of 40 on each band
  • 5BWITUZ (WARC) Class 4 120 zones, with a minimum of 30 on each band

Note: on 10 MHz credit will only be given for contacts on CW.

Top Band Endorsement

A holder of the basic award who can produce evidence of contact with the required number of ITU zones on the 1.8 MHz band may claim a Top Band “sticker” endorsement. This is available in 5 classes for 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 zones.

Notes

(a) The number of ITU broadcasting (ie land) zones recognised by the ITU is 75 (zones 1 to 75) and this therefore is the maximum score which can be claimed per band. However, the islands of Minami Torishima (JD1) and Salas-y-Gomez (CE0) lie outside the 75 zones in sea zones 90 and 78 respectively. For 5BWITUZ (including endorsements) contacts with these islands may count in place of one “missing” credit each on any band up to the maximum 75 for that band. Contacts with Minami Torishima or Salas-y-Gomez do not count for WITUZ.

(b) In the case of the WITUZ and 5BWITUZ confirmations need not bear the appropriate ITU zone number but in order to count for credit they should give the location of the station in sufficient detail to place it clearly within one particular zone. Doubtful cases indicating possible overlap across two zones will not be given credit.

(c) The RSGB Awards Manager will use as his reference the list below which is based on the Radio Amateurs Prefix Map of the World published by Radio Amateur Callbook, P.O. Box 2013, Lakewood, NJ 08701, USA. In the case of countries which encompass two or more ITU zones, eg USA, Russia and Brazil, zonal boundaries will generally follow the longitude/latitude grid lines as shown in the map. In the few instances of discrepancy between the map and the accompanying prefix/country list the decision of the HF Awards Manager will be final.

Applications for WITUZ and 5BWITUZ

Applicants for both award programmes should use the special application form provided below. In the case of WITUZ, write the callsign in the 28 MHz column for each card included. Make sure you complete both pages of the application form and enclose them with the certificate fee and adequate postage for the return of cards.

Applicants from within the UK, Channel Is and Isle of Man should enclose QSL cards with their claim. Applicants from elsewhere must also send QSL cards except when claiming Classes 2, 3 and 4 of 5BWITUZ and 5BWITUZ (WARC). For these categories they may forward a statement from their national society that the necessary cards have been checked. However they should note that all cards will need to be submitted to the HF Awards Manager if they subsequently apply for the Supreme or Class 1 awards.

Alternatively forms can be obtained by sending an A4 size SASE to the RSGB Awards Manager

List of ITU zones

1. KL
2. VE6, VE7, VE8 (south of 80N and west of 110W), VY1
3. VE5, VE3/4/8 (south of 80N and between 90 & 110W)
4. VE2/3/4/8 (south of 80N and between 70 and 90W including all Baffin Island)
5. OX (south of 80N)
6. W6, W7 (excluding Wyoming & Montana east of 110W)
7. W5 (excluding Mississippi), W7 (Wyoming & Montana east of 110W), W0
8. W1, W2, W3, W4, W5 (Mississippi only), W8, W9, 4U (New York)
9. CY9, CY0, FP, VE1, VE2 (east of 70W), VO1, VO2, VY2
10. FO8 (Clipperton), XE, XF4
11. C6, CO, FG, FM, FJ/FS, HH, HI, HK0 (San Andres), HP, HR, J3, J6, J7, J8, KG4, KP1, KP2, KP3/4, KP5, P4, PJ (Netherlands Antilles), PJ Sint Maarten), TG, TI, V2, V3, V4, VP2 (Anguilla), VP2 (Br. Virgin Is), VP2 (Montserrat), VP5, VP9, YN, YS, YV0, ZF, 6Y, 8P, 9Y
12. CP, FY, HC, HC8, HK, HK0 (Malpelo), OA, PY (west of 60W), PZ, TI9, YV, 8R
13. PY (north of 16.5S & east of 60W), PY0 (Fernando de Noronha), PY0 (St Peter & Paul)
14. CE (north of 40S), CE0 (Juan Fernandez), CE0 (San Felix), CX, LU (north of 40S), ZP
15. PY (south of 16.5S), PY0 (Trindade)
16. CE (south of 40S), LU (south of 40S), VP8 (Falklands)
17. TF
18. JW (south of 80N), JX, LA, OH, OH0, OJ0, OY, OZ, SM
19. UA1 (between 60 and 80N and west of 50E), UA9 (between 60 and 80N and west of 50E)
20. R1F (FJL south of 80N), UA1 (between 60 and 80N and east of 50E), UA9 (between 60 and 80N and between 50 and 75E)
21. UA9/0 (between 60 and 80N and between 75 and 90E)
22. UA0 (between 60 and 80N and between 90 and 110E)
23. UA0 (between 60 and 80N and between 110 and 135E)
24. UA0 (between 60 and 80N and between 135 and 155E)
25. UA0 (between 60 and 80N and between 155 and 170E)
26. UA0 (between 60 and 80N and east of 170E)
27. C3, EI, F, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, LX, ON, PA, 3A
28. DL, HA, HB, HB0, HV, I (excluding IG9 & IH9), IS, LZ, OE, OK, OM, S5, SP, SV, SV (Mt Athos), SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TK, YO, YU, Z3, ZA, 1A0(SMOM), 4U (Geneva), 9A, 9H
29. R1M (MV Island), EK (Armenia), ER (Moldova), ES (Estonia), EU (Belarus), LY (Lithuania), UA1 (south of 60N), UA2, UA3, UA4 (west of 50E), UA6, UN(Kazakhstan west of 50E), UR (Ukraine), YL (Latvia), 4J (Azerbaijan), 4L (Georgia)
30. EX (Kyrgyzstan west of 75E), EY (Tajikistan), EZ (Turkmenistan), UA4 (east of 50E), UA9 (south of 60N and west of 75E), UK (Uzbekistan), UN(Kazakhstan between 50 and 75E)
31. EX (Kyrgyzstan east of 75E), UA9/0 (south of 60N and between 75 and 90E), UN (Kazakhstan east of 75E)
32. JT (west of 110E), UA0 (south of 60N and between 90 and 110E)
33. BY (north of 44N), JT (east of 110E), UA0 (south of 60N and between 110 and 135E)
34. UA0 (south of 60N and between 135 and 155E including Primor’ye and Sakhalin but excluding the Kurils)
35. UA0 (south of 60N and between 155 and 170E including the Kurils)
36. CT3, CU, EA8
37. CN, CT, EA, EA6, EA9, IG9, IH9, S0, ZB, 3V, 7X
38. SU, 5A
39. A4, A6, A7, A9, HZ, JY, OD, TA, YI, YK, ZC4, 4X, 5B, 7O, 9K
40. EP, YA
41. A5, AP, S2, VQ9, VU (India), VU (Laccadives), 4S, 8Q
42. BY (west of 90E), 9N
43. BY (between 90 and 110E, excluding Hainan)
44. BV, BY (south of 44N and east of 110E, including Hainan), BV9P (Pratas), HL,P5, VR2/VS6, XX9
45. JA, JD1 (Ogasawara)
46. C5, D4, EL, J5, TU, TY, TZ, XT, 3X, 5N, 5T, 5U, 5V, 6W, 9G, 9L
47. S9, TJ, TL, TT, 3C
48. E3, ET, J2, ST, ST0, T5, 5X, 5Z
49. HS, VU (Andamans), XU, XV, XW, XZ
50. DU, BY (Scarborough Reef), 1S (Spratly)
51. H4, P2, YB8/9 (east of 130E)
52. D2, TN, TR, 3C0, 9Q, 9U, 9X
53. C9, D6, FH, FR (Reunion), FR (Gloriosos), FR (Juan de Nova), FR (Tromelin), S7, Z2, 3B6/7, 3B8, 3B9, 5H, 5R, 7Q, 9J
54. V8, VK9 (Christmas), VK9 (Cocos-Keeling), YB1-7, YB8/9 (west of 130E), 9M2, 9M6/8, 9V
55. VK4, VK8, VK9 (Willis)
56. FK, VK9 (Mellish Reef), YJ, 3D2 (Fiji), 3D2 (Conway Reef), 3D2 (Rotuma)
57. A2, V5, ZS, ZS8, 3DA, 7P
58. VK6
59. VK1, VK2, VK3, VK5, VK7
60. VK9 (Lord Howe), VK9 (Norfolk), VK0 (Macquarie), ZL, ZL7, ZL8, ZL9
61. KH1, KH3, KH4, KH5 (Palmyra but not Jarvis), KH5 (Kingman Reef), KH6/7, KH7K, T32 (Northern Line Is only)
62. A3, FW, KH5 (Jarvis), KH8, T31, ZK1 (North Cooks), ZK2, ZK3, 5W
63. CE0 (Easter), FO, T32 (Central & Southern Line Is), VR6, ZK1 (South Cooks)
64. KC6/T8, KH2, KH0, V6 (west of 150E)
65. C2, KH9, T2, T30, T33, V6 (east of 150E), V7
66. ZD7, ZD8, ZD9
67. Antarctica (north of 80S and between 20W and 40E), 3Y (Bouvet)
68. FT (Amsterdam), FT (Crozet), FT (Kerguelen), VK0 (Heard)
69. Antarctica (north of 80S and between 40 and 100E)
70. Antarctica (north of 80S and between 100 and 160E)
71. Antarctica (north of 80S and between 160E and 140W)
72. Antarctica (north of 80S and between 140 and 80W), 3Y (Peter 1)
73. Antarctica (north of 80S and between 80 and 20W), VP8 (S. Georgia), VP8 (S. Orkneys), VP8 (S. Sandwich), VP8 (S Shetlands)
74. Antarctica (between 80 and 90S South Pole)
75. JW (north of 80N), OX (north of 80N), R1F (FJL north of 80N), UA0 (Severnaya Zemlya north of 80N), VE8 (north of 80N)
78 CE0 (Salas-y-Gomez)
90. JD1 (Minami Torishima)