Wednesday, December 19, 2007

St. Barthelemy (FJ) to Count for CQ DX Awards

From the CQ Newsroom...

St. Barthelemy (FJ) to Count for CQ DX Awards

CQ DX Awards Manager Billy Williams has announced that the Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy - prefix FJ - has been added to the CQ DX Awards entity list, effective immediately, for confirmed contacts with the island made on or after February 21, 2007. For purposes of the CQ DX Field Awards, St. Barthelemy is in grid field FK.

Until now, the island (along with surrounding smaller islands) has been considered part of French St. Martin (FS) for awards purposes. Last February 21, the French government gave St. Barthelemy a new status as an "overseas collective," leading the U.S. State Department last Friday (December 14) to add the island to its list of "Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty." Presence on this list is one of the criteria used to designate a location as a separate entity for award purposes. The ARRL was expected to add St. Barthelemy to its DXCC list in the near future as well.

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