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CB DX Divisions: a good example of self-organization

Because many radio amateurs began experimenting with radio on Citizens' Band (CB), it is worth discussing this topic here. In fact, it was the cheapest and easiest way to get started when you are young. And, if you liked it, then you kept progressing with the hobby.

Local or regional contacts with friends or unknown people on CB are fun. But sometimes, unexpectedly, the surprise occurs and the propagation opens. Then, international contacts are possible and the excitement is superlative.

But over the years, CB users have been organizing themselves to facilitate and enjoy long distance contacts (DX), and subsequent confirmations with QSL cards, by dividing the world into territories, called "divisions".

These territories, in much the same way as radio amateurs do with entities in the DXCC, tend to be countries, but they can also be islands, overseas regions, areas with certain special characteristics, cultural and/or linguistic ones, etc. In CB, these territories (divisions) have been numbered and that number is used as a prefix of the callsign.

A couple of examples: the current list begins with Italy, which is assigned the division 1, and ends with the most recent assignment: the Republic of Kosovo, as division 352.

CB DX Divisions

Using these divisions, our member association in Spain, FEDI-EA, in order to promote its services (specially its QSL Service), has launched a CB QSL Party this summer, which EURAO fully supports and adopts for its already traditional parties. Also other members and several EuroBureauQSL entry points have joined this initiative (see next page).

The Party's goal is the free exchange of QSL cards "via EuroBureauQSL" for anyone from June to September, 2021. You needn't to be a member, just send a SASE.

Any activity, individual or collective, can participate in this CB QSL Party. The only requirement is to use callsigns of the DX type that include the concept "CB division". For example, such as those assigned by FEDI-EA with the format 30FD001 (30 = Spain, FD = Federación Digital, 001 = consecutive number).

All the activities participating in the CB QSL Party may be announced in the specific CB forum that FEDI-EA maintains active. Do not hesitate, participate and have fun!

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EURAO General Assembly 2021: on June 26, virtual again nuevo

Online Assembly Because COVID-19, the popular Friedrichshafen HAM RADIO exhibition has been canceled again. However, EURAO will hold its General Assembly on the scheduled date: Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 17:00 CEST, virtual for the second time.

Like last year, Google Meet will be used for the meeting and the resulting image will be more similar to the picture on the left than the usual group of people around a table.

Newsletter issue: 2021-06-01
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EURAO member associations
  • CISAR: Centro Italiano di Sperimentazione ed Attività Radiantistiche (Italy)
  • FEDI-EA: Federación Digital EA (Spain)
  • VRA: Vlaamse RadioAmateurs (Belgium)
  • UFRC: Union Francophone des Radio Clubs (Belgium)
  • FeRaCat: Federació de Radio­afi­cio­nats de Catalunya (Spain)
  • ARR: Asociatia Radioclubul României (Romania)
  • RCL: Radioamador Clube de Loulé (Portugal)
  • RNRE: Raggruppamento Nazionale Radiocomunicazioni di Emergenza (Italy)
  • ARRLx: Associação de Radio­ama­dores da Região de Lisboa (Portugal)
  • LigaCBR: Liga Española de Asociaciones CB y Radio­aficionados (Spain)
  • RFDX: Romeo Foxtrot International DX Club (The Netherlands)
  • IECRO: International Emergency Communication Registry of Operators
  • NRSI: National Radio Society of Ireland
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