Re: BV SP
As far as I know and according toJay -
Actually, the ARRL DXCC list is not the best list for ALL prefixes. Its purpose
is simply to define the entities. For example, you won't find the EM prefix
(used by Ukraine, primarily for Antarctica), the ZX prefix (Brazil, mostly
special event I think), the 3E (Panama), CQ (Portugal), TM (France), 7J-7N
(Japan), and probably many others.You won't even find the very common
VA for Canada. Under the ARRL list, only BY and BT are listed for "China"
(PRC), and we all know that there are other prefixes. (BA and BD come to
A more complete list of prefixes is found in the ARRL Operating Manual. But
my copy (vintage 1996) simply says "China" for BAA-BZZ. So other sources
must be used to segregate the two political entities.
Based on the contributions of all the 070ers on this list, Steve N6YIH/7
compiled the following list of 12 Taiwanese stations that someone has either
worked or heard:
As you can see, only 5 of the 12 have a BV prefix. But I think we have
documented that BX, BW, BN, and BQ are all Taiwanese stations. They are
listed under the HamCall server as Taiwan, in addition to identifying
themselves that way.
NG3K's DXCC page lists alternate prefixes for many countries. Under "BV
Taiwan" he also lists "BM-BQ, BU, BW, BX" which is consistent with the
above. (See http://cpcug.org/user/wfeidt/Dxcc/dxccas.html)
I think it's pretty clear that BV is just an abbreviation for Taiwan in general,
and not intended to be the only prefix, just like we might say DL to mean
Germany (when all of DA-DR would count) or ON for Belgium (when they
actually include ON-OT).
Just my humble contribution.