GA was a special prefix for amateurs resident in Scotland, valid from January 25, 2014 until November 30, 2014 in honour of the Homecoming Scotland celebration, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow in the summer of 2014, and the independence referendum which was held on September 18th. The "A" in the prefix stands for Alba, the Scottish Gaelic name for Scotland1. You could also hear MA, and 2A prefixes during this period. Looking back on the ten months of using the GA prefix, it was my privilege to have 1,810 QSOs with stations in 221 DXCC entities, and meet so many interesting and competent operators from many walks of life. The standard of operating was almost invariably high, and the behaviour of the people calling me in the occasional pileup was exemplary. It's not all 'doom and gloom':-)
I would like to thank KG7MAK from the QRZ.com administration for changing the flag next to this call to the Scottish flag, as that should help to remove any confusion regarding our DXCC status. Some logging programs give GA as belonging to England, and I'm afraid QRZ.com was supporting this mistake by placing the English flag next to the call. Just in case anyone thinks this is directed against our English neighbours, I would like to emphasise that the detail is important both because of my national pride, and to keep the DXCC record straight!
Full information on the special prefix can be found at:
The last time we had this special prefix was from August 10 until November 30, 2009, when I worked several hundred stations.
If you want a QSL, then I uploaded the GA4JPZ log to LotW already and will try to catch up with direct DX cards asap, plus I will send off all other cards via the bureau over the winter months 2014/15. If you send me a direct card I will answer direct and would appreciate a contribution to the postage if you can afford it. If you can't, that's OK, I'll answer direct anyway.
1I was only asked once (by Jens, OH6FOS, as a matter of fact) if there was a connection between Alba and the same Latin word meaning 'white'. Apparently, there is. The origin of the Gaelic word can be traced back to the Greek word Albion, which referred to the whole island we now know as Great Britain, and did allude to the 'white land'. The conjecture that this meant the White Cliffs of Dover is probably fanciful. The Gaels also originally used the word to describe the whole island, and eventually its use was restricted to the remaining Gaelic-speaking area of Scotland and then Scotland itself.
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