I understand the reciprocal agreement between USA and Canada, specifically,
pre-dates the CEPT arrangement by many years, and specifies a locational
suffix . whereas under CEPT and (I believe) under most other reciprocal
agreements, a locational prefix is the norm, leaving the suffix to designate
the type of installation e.g. mobile, maritime mobile, portable,
aeronautical mobile etc.


So, the VE or W locational suffix is an exception . hence probably not an
ideal example to use for the global audience.  


Prefixes, suffixes, special calls, remote operations, /QRP, IOTA & zones
references, and whether to log or ignore suffixes etc. opens a massive can
of worms that WSJT-X is not going to fix, so I suggest ducking the issue as
far as possible in the documentation, preferably using the more common CEPT
locational prefix as an example rather than the exceptional VE suffix?


That still leaves the issue of the program correctly identifying the
locations of stations from their callsigns: good luck with that, given the
vagaries of licensing and inconsistent usage in practice!  The grid
reference is an alternative means of identifying where someone actually is .
but perhaps the whole issue is best left to our logging software rather than



Gary  ZL2/GW4iFB/email!


From: John LeRoy via wsjt-devel <> 
Sent: Friday, 13 April 2018 4:31 a.m.
Cc: John LeRoy <>
Subject: Re: [wsjt-devel] Type 2 compound callsigns support

1.      I am an amateur radio operator visiting Canada from another country.
While in Canada can I use my call sign from my home country? 

As per the document RIC-9: Call sign policy and special event prefixes
<> , you may use
the call sign assigned by your country's administration in Canada, but you
must bring your amateur radio operator's certificate/licence and have
obtained a CEPT certificate from your home administration. If your country
is not part of the CEPT agreement you must obtain a letter of authority from
the Amateur Radio Service Centre (ARSC)
<> . Visiting amateurs
must include the prefix of the geographical location, and the area of
operation with the identification of their station. Therefore, an amateur
from the United Kingdom with the call sign G**** who will be operating in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, would append the prefix "Portable VE4" or "/VE4" to
their home call sign, and transmit "Winnipeg" at least once during each


On 4/12/2018 12:00 PM, Wolfgang wrote:

Hello Claude and all,
in 9.2.II of that referred document, it says:
" adding an oblique character ("/")"
They say 'adding' and for CW this would mean '/p' or something.
in 9.2.c it says " adding the Canadian amateur call sign
This would mean, if we follow the previous logic of 'adding':
<homecall>/<prefix> and prefix is according to the mentioned
'Schedule IV' table.
A ham of a CEPT country has to set it in front, " amateur
station licensed by the Government of the United States.."
(see 9.2 of that document) has to append the canadian prefix. (?)
73's de OE1MWW
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5:22:50 PM, you wrote:

On 04/12/2018 04:17 PM, John LeRoy via wsjt-devel wrote:


Hi John & All,


Canada requires a postpend. Check the Canadian regs.


According to the recent information (CQ-DL 4-2018) about the operation
according to the CEPT agreement, Canada requires a prefix, as usual,
such as VE4/ VO2/ VY2/ etc.


Perhaps, there is more information here:


Best wishes,
Claude (DJ0OT)


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