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The International Telecommunications Union sets many international standards for radio usage around the world. Among these standards are the first characters of radio station callsigns. All radio and television broadcasters, amateur radio operators, and other users of the radio spectrum are assigned callsigns by their country's telecommunications regulatory authority, and are usually required to transmit their callsign at periodic intervals. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is an international organization established to standardize and regulate international radio and telecommunications. ... A radio station is a site configured for broadcasting sound. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid... Broadcast could refer to: Broadcast, an electronica musical group broadcasting, the distribution of audio and video signals Broadcast address, an IP address allowing information to be sent to all machines on a given subnet. ... Amateur radio, commonly called ham radio, is a hobby enjoyed by many people throughout the world (as of 2004 about 3 million worldwide, 60,000 in UK, 70,000 in Germany, 5,000 in Norway, 57,000 in Canada, and 700,000 in the USA). ... Radio frequency, or RF, refers to that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum in which electromagnetic waves can be generated by alternating current fed to an antenna. ...


Here is the most current list of callsign prefixes assigned by the ITU.

Callsign series Allocated to
AA-AL United States of America (non-broadcast)
AM-AO Spain
AP-AS Pakistan (Islamic Republic of)
AT-AW India (Republic of)
AX Australia
AY-AZ Argentine Republic
A2 Botswana (Republic of)
A3 Tonga (Kingdom of)
A4 Oman (Sultanate of)
A5 Bhutan (Kingdom of)
A6 United Arab Emirates
A7 Qatar (State of)
A8 Liberia (Republic of)
A9 Bahrain (State of)
B China (People's Republic of)
  CA-CE * Chile
CF-CK Canada *
CL-CM Cuba
CN Morocco (Kingdom of)
CO Cuba
CP Bolivia (Republic of)
CQ-CU Portugal
CV-CX Uruguay (Eastern Republic of)
CY-CZ Canada
C2 Nauru (Republic of)
C3 Andorra (Principality of)
C4 Cyprus (Republic of)
C5 Gambia (Republic of the)
C6 Bahamas (Commonwealth of the)
C7 World Meteorological Organization
C8-C9 Mozambique (Republic of)
DA-DR Germany (Federal Republic of)
DS-DT Korea (Republic of)
DU-DZ Philippines (Republic of the)
D2-D3 Angola (Republic of)
D4 Cape Verde (Republic of)
D5 Liberia (Republic of)
D6 Comoros (Islamic Federal Republic of the)
D7-D9 Korea (Republic of)
EA-EH Spain
EI-EJ Ireland
EK Armenia (Republic of)
EL Liberia (Republic of)
EM-EO Ukraine
EP-EQ Iran (Islamic Republic of)
ER Moldova (Republic of)
ES Estonia (Republic of)
ET Ethiopia (Federal Democratic Republic of)
EU-EW Belarus (Republic of)
EX Kyrgyz Republic
EY Tajikistan (Republic of)
EZ Turkmenistan
E2 Thailand
E3 Eritrea
E4 Palestinian Authority
F France
G United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
HA Hungary (Republic of)
HB Switzerland (Confederation of)
HC-HD Ecuador
HE Switzerland (Confederation of)
HF Poland (Republic of)
HG Hungary (Republic of)
HH Haiti (Republic of)
HI Dominican Republic
HJ-HK Colombia (Republic of)
HL Korea (Republic of)
HM Democratic People's Republic of Korea
HN Iraq (Republic of)
HO-HP Panama (Republic of)
HQ-HR Honduras (Republic of)
HS Thailand
HT Nicaragua
HU El Salvador (Republic of)
HV Vatican City State
HW-HY France
HZ Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of)
H2 Cyprus (Republic of)
H3 Panama (Republic of)
H4 Solomon Islands
H6-H7 Nicaragua
H8-H9 Panama (Republic of)
I Italy
JA-JS Japan
JT-JV Mongolia
JW-JX Norway
JY Jordan (Hashemite Kingdom of)
JZ Indonesia (Republic of)
J2 Djibouti (Republic of)
J3 Grenada
J4 Greece
J5 Guinea-Bissau (Republic of)
J6 Saint Lucia
J7 Dominica (Commonwealth of)
J8 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
K United States of America
LA-LN Norway
LO-LW Argentine Republic
LX Luxembourg
LY Lithuania (Republic of)
LZ Bulgaria (Republic of)
L2-L9 Argentine Republic
M United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
N United States of America (non-broadcast)
OA-OC Peru
OD Lebanon
OE Austria
OF-OJ Finland
OK-OL Czech Republic
OM Slovakia
ON-OT Belgium
OU-OZ Denmark
PA-PI Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
PJ Netherlands (Kingdom of the) - Netherlands Antilles
PK-PO Indonesia (Republic of)
PP-PY Brazil (Federative Republic of)
PZ Suriname (Republic of)
P2 Papua New Guinea
P3 Cyprus (Republic of)
P4 Netherlands (Kingdom of the) - Aruba
P5-P9 Democratic People's Republic of Korea
R Russian Federation
SA-SM Sweden
SN-SR Poland (Republic of)
SSA-SSM Egypt (Arab Republic of)
SSN-STZ Sudan (Republic of the)
SU Egypt (Arab Republic of)
SV-SZ Greece
S2-S3 Bangladesh (People's Republic of)
S5 Slovenia (Republic of)
S6 Singapore (Republic of)
S7 Seychelles (Republic of)
S8 South Africa (Republic of)
S9 São Tomé and Príncipe (Democratic Republic of)
TA-TC Turkey
TD Guatemala (Republic of)
TE Costa Rica
TF Iceland
TG Guatemala (Republic of)
TH France
TI Costa Rica
TJ Cameroon (Republic of)
TK France
TL Central African Republic
TM France
TN Congo (Republic of the)
TO-TQ France
TR Gabonese Republic
TS Tunisia
TT Chad (Republic of)
TU Côte d'Ivoire (Republic of)
TV-TX France
TY Benin (Republic of)
TZ Mali (Republic of)
T2 Tuvalu
T3 Kiribati (Republic of)
T4 Cuba
T5 Somali Democratic Republic
T6 Afghanistan (Islamic State of)
T7 San Marino (Republic of)
T8 Palau (Republic of)
T9 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Republic of)
UA-UI Russian Federation
UJ-UM Uzbekistan (Republic of)
UN-UQ Kazakhstan (Republic of)
UR-UZ Ukraine
VA-VG Canada
  VH-VN * Australia (VL for broadcast, VK for amateur)
VO Canada (Newfoundland)
VP-VQ United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
VR China (People's Republic of) - Hong Kong
VS United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
VT-VW India (Republic of)
VX-VY Canada
VZ Australia
V2 Antigua and Barbuda
V3 Belize
V4 Saint Kitts and Nevis
V5 Namibia (Republic of)
V6 Micronesia (Federated States of)
V7 Marshall Islands (Republic of the)
V8 Brunei Darussalam
W United States of America
XA-XI Mexico (XE for AM, XH for FM)
XJ-XO Canada
XP Denmark
XQ-XR Chile
XS China (People's Republic of)
XT Burkina Faso
XU Cambodia (Kingdom of)
XV Viet Nam (Socialist Republic of)
XW Lao People's Democratic Republic
XX Portugal
XY-XZ Myanmar (Union of)
YA Afghanistan (Islamic State of)
YB-YH Indonesia (Republic of)
YI Iraq (Republic of)
YJ Vanuatu (Republic of)
YK Syrian Arab Republic
YL Latvia (Republic of)
YM Turkey
YN Nicaragua
YO-YR Romania
YS El Salvador (Republic of)
YT-YU Yugoslavia (Federal Republic of)
YV-YY Venezuela (Republic of)
YZ Yugoslavia (Federal Republic of)
Y2-Y9 Germany (Federal Republic of)
ZA Albania (Republic of)
ZB-ZJ United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
ZK-ZM New Zealand
ZN-ZO United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
ZP Paraguay (Republic of)
ZQ United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
ZR-ZU South Africa (Republic of)
ZV-ZZ Brazil (Federative Republic of)
Z2 Zimbabwe (Republic of)
Z3 The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
2 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
3A Monaco (Principality of)
3B Mauritius (Republic of)
3C Equatorial Guinea (Republic of)
3DA-3DM Swaziland (Kingdom of)
3DN-3DZ Fiji (Republic of)
3E-3F Panama (Republic of)
3G Chile
3H-3U China (People's Republic of)
3V Tunisia
3W Viet Nam (Socialist Republic of)
3X Guinea (Republic of)
3Y Norway
3Z Poland (Republic of)
4A-4C Mexico
4D-4I Philippines (Republic of the)
4J-4K Azerbaijani Republic
4L Georgia (Republic of)
4M Venezuela (Republic of)
4N-4O Yugoslavia (Federal Republic of)
4P-4S Sri Lanka (Democratic Socialist Republic of)
4T Peru
4U-4U United Nations
4V Haiti (Republic of)
4W United Nations
4X Israel (State of)
4Y International Civil Aviation Organization
4Z Israel (State of)
5A Libya (Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
5B Cyprus (Republic of)
5C-5G Morocco (Kingdom of)
5H-5I Tanzania (United Republic of)
5J-5K Colombia (Republic of)
5L-5M Liberia (Republic of)
5N-5O Nigeria (Federal Republic of)
5P-5Q Denmark
5R-5S Madagascar (Republic of)
5T Mauritania (Islamic Republic of)
5U Niger (Republic of the)
5V Togolese Republic
5W Western Samoa (Independent State of)
5X Uganda (Republic of)
5Y-5Z Kenya (Republic of)
6A-6B Egypt (Arab Republic of)
6C Syrian Arab Republic
6D-6J Mexico
6K-6N Korea (Republic of)
6O-6O Somali Democratic Republic
6P-6S Pakistan (Islamic Republic of)
6T-6U Sudan (Republic of the)
6V-6W Senegal (Republic of)
6X Madagascar (Republic of)
6Y Jamaica
6Z Liberia (Republic of)
7A-7I Indonesia (Republic of)
7J-7N Japan
7O Yemen (Republic of)
7P Lesotho (Kingdom of)
7Q Malawi
7R Algeria (People's Democratic Republic of)
7S Sweden
7T-7Y Algeria (People's Democratic Republic of)
7Z Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of)
8A-8I Indonesia (Republic of)
8J-8N Japan
8O Botswana (Republic of)
8P Barbados
8Q Maldives (Republic of)
8R Guyana
8S Sweden
8T-8Y India (Republic of)
8Z Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of)
9A Croatia (Republic of)
9B-9D Iran (Islamic Republic of)
9E-9F Ethiopia (Federal Democratic Republic of)
9G Ghana
9H Malta
9I-9J Zambia (Republic of)
9K Kuwait (State of)
9L Sierra Leone
9M Malaysia
9N Nepal
9O-9T Democratic Republic of the Congo
9U Burundi (Republic of)
9V Singapore (Republic of)
9W Malaysia
9X Rwandese Republic
9Y-9Z Trinidad and Tobago
Callsign series Allocated to

*Note: Australian broadcasters usually drop the VL prefix, thus "5UV" or "2XX" actually means VL5UV or VL2XX. The CBC in Canada uses CB, though this is not internationally legal because it is assigned to Chile. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is an intergovernmental organization with a membership of 187 Member States and Territories. ... Korea (occasionally spelled Corea) is a formerly unified country, situated on the Korean Peninsula in northern East Asia, bordering on China to the west and Russia to the north. ... The West Bank The Palestinian National Authority (PNA or PA) is a semi-autonomous state institution nominally governing the bulk of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (which it calls the Palestinian Territories). It was established as a part of Oslo accords between the PLO and Israel. ... The State of the City of the Vatican or the Vatican City (Latin: Status Civitatis Vaticanae, Italian Stato della Città del Vaticano) is the smallest independent state in the world (both in area and in population), a landlocked enclave surrounded by the city of Rome in Italy. ... The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe is a tiny two- island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, distanced 140 kilometers from one another, and situated about 250 and 225 kilometers, respectively, off the northwestern coast of Gabon. ... Côte dIvoire (often called Ivory Coast in English; see below about the name) is a country in West Africa. ... Somalia (Somali: Soomaaliya; Arabic: الصومال, As-Sumal), formerly known as the Somali Democratic Republic, is an African country that exists solely in a de jure capacity. ... Newfoundland (French: Terre-Neuve; Irish: Talamh an Éisc; Latin: Terra Nova) is a large island off the north-east coast of North America, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ... The Sultanate of Brunei, more commonly referred to as Brunei Darussalam or simply Brunei, is an oil-rich country located on the island of Borneo, in southeast Asia. ... Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija in all south Slavic languages) is a term used for three separate but successive political entities that existed during most of the 20th century on the Balkan Peninsula in Europe. ... Azerbaijan or Azerbeijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan, Azərbeycan) is a country in the Caucaus region, adjacent to the Caspian Sea. ... The United Nations, or UN, is an international organization established in 1945 and now made up of 191 states. ... The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency of the United Nations, develops the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth. ... The Independent State of Samoa (conventional long form) or Samoa (conventional short form) is a country comprising a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. ... CBC redirects here, as this is the most common use of the abbreviation. ...


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