One of my main interests in amateur radio is contesting, where I'm always trying to beat my own previous record, and where I might occasionally come in the top three of a category. But only if I choose the right contest ;-) - in the big worldwide contests, I'm very lucky if I can get into a top 100. The other thing about contesting which I like is that there is no requirement or obligation to send QSL cards. Because I have NO interest in sending or receiving QSL cards.
Also important to me are the ham-radio oriented websites which I maintain - these are:
I'm a member of my local Amateur Radio Club, the Isarwinkel club DK0IW (IW = Isar Winkel) in the German DOK C07. The Club is fortunate enough to have a Club Station out in the country - so QRM is normally at a minimum - a few kilometers east of Bad Tölz, and on top of a small hill surrounded by rich farmland and mixed woods. The Alps are just a couple of kilometers away to the south.
The station is doubly fortunate to own a 34-meter vertical antenna - perfect for 160 meters - and the Club often achieves good results in the CQ World Wide 160-Meter Contest. The antenna can also be made to tune onto other bands (apart from 80-meters), and I myself have made contact with Ducie Island on 20m and 40m using it.
We also have a Titanex 11-element wire log periodic on a small mast, not really very high, but it works OK.
I have in the past operated from Tuscany in Italy, where I signed as I/DM1CM.
While operating there, I received numerous calls telling me that I should be operating as I5/DM1CM, the "I5" being the regional prefix for Italian stations operating from Tuscany. So, is "I/DM1CM" or "I5/DM1CM" correct?
In fact, the regulations for CEPT licensees operating from other CEPT countries are very clear on this point: "I/DM1CM" is the correct way to sign in this case.
Referring to the document "Recommendation T/R 61-01" issued by the CEPT ECC (Electronic Communications Committee) , Section 2 "Conditions of Utilisation", Subsection 2.3:
ANNEX 2 in that document gives the call sign prefix for Italy as simply "I".
So, the following examples should make the situation clear:
You can also find a link to the document "Recommendation T/R 61-01" at the IARU website: http://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=206:tr-61-01
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