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Canadians can Operate Using the CF, CG, CH, CI Prefixes

Canadians can operate using the CF, CG, CH, CI prefixes (instead of VA, VE, VO, VY) for the COVID-19 Pandemic (until June 20, 2020)

This is a great opportunity to get the CQ WPX award for those missing some unique Canadian prefixes, or just to add another fun aspect to the hobby while staying at home!

This prefix is IN ADDITION to the other special callsigns we have in Canada now: VC2STAYHOM (until May 6, special QSL card available!), VC3STAYHOM (until May 10), VE9HOME (until May 10).

Stay safe!

How long can I use this prefix?

The ‘special event’ prefix is valid from April 20, 2020 – June 20, 2020.

Which prefix can I use?

  • Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VA will be able to use the CF prefix instead of VA (for example, VA3RAC will be authorized to use the CF3RAC call sign).
  • Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VE will be able to use the CG prefix instead of VE (e.g., VE4RAC will be authorized to use CG4RAC).
  • Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VO will be able to use the CH prefix instead of VO (e.g., VO1RAC will be authorized to use CH1RAC).
  • Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VY will be able to use the CI prefix instead of VY (e.g., VY2RAC will be authorized to use CI2RAC).

Official RAC article likely coming soon. See Industry Canada Special Events page for more info: https://apc-cap.ic.gc.ca/pls/apc_anon/query_spev$.startup

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David Bate

Canadian amateur radio operator since 2007. Operating on the VHF/UHF bands and local repeaters in the Durham Region area. Husband and the father of four.

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