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KZ5FN was established in 2014, to "REMEMBER" all former Canal Zone “KZ5” Licensed Amateur Radio Operators and Observers from 1914-1979.   KZ5FN operates and maintains only vintage radio stations, microphones and keys of the same exact type that were used in the former “Panama Canal Zone” during the 1960s and 1970s.  All antennas are located in the attic!  (See full list ot vintage rigs below)

BRIEF HISTORY:  Canal Zone "KZ5 Amateurs" over the years, maintained a constant line of worldwide communications from this vital and strategic location.  They ran countless phone patches for civilian and military families and provided training and Field Day demonstrations for US government employees and their dependents living in the 10 mile wide by 50 miles long US territory known as the “Canal Zone”.   

Amateur Radio exams in the Canal Zone were administered by Coordinator of Civil Radio Activities and the US Military. Upon passing both the written and code exams you were issued a prestigious and somewhat rare "KZ5" call.  Based on old Callbooks, there were never more than about 300 KZ5 stations active at one time including the many military and MARS stations.  (In 1929 there were 6 stations listed, In 1947 there were 15 KZ5 stations and by Winter 1960, the list had grown to over 200 KZ5 stations)Because licensing regulations and code requirements were exactly the same as the USA, you were also issued a reciprocal call in the United States of the same license class. Canal Zone Novice class holders were assigned an "N" after their call sign. Later after upgrading, the "N" would be removed.

On September 30, 1979 the US Territory known as the “Canal Zone” and operation of the Canal itself were returned to Panama. On that date the “Canal Zone” sadly became nonexistent and "KZ5" land became a DXCC deleted entry*.    After September 30 1979, all KZ5 license holders that stayed in Panama, became licensed as HP's under the treaty. 

* (ARRL DXCC List - KZ5-Canal Zone - Only contacts dated before September 30, 1979 will count for this entity.) 

 

Are you an Ex-KZ5... ?? 

Or just Interested in Canal Zone Amateur Radio... ??

Please Visit -

https://kz5fn7.wixsite.com/kz5fn    or    https://kz5land.wixsite.com/kz5land

 

To share any KZ5 related history, QSL cards or documents please contact 

Mike kz5land@yahoo.com   or   Guy kz5fn@outlook.com   

 

 

KZ5FN VINTAGE STATIONS:

Collins KWM-2 from 1961 - Electro-Voice 664 Mic & 419 stand

 

Yaesu FTdx400 from 1969 - Yaesu UD-844 Mic

 

Drake TR-4 From 1970

 

Yaesu FTdx560 from 1971

 

Drake Tr-4cw/Rit from 1978

 

KZ5FN Operating position

 

 

QSL Cards and Photos from Canal Zone 

(For many more KZ5 QSL cards please visit)  https://kz5land.wixsite.com/kz5land

 

   

  

   

   

   

       

         

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kz5fn@outlook.com

 

 

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