I'm afraid to say but AFAIK there are a lot more countries which require a SUFFIX and not a PREFIX - only countries which accept CEPT-license require a prefix. WSJT-X gives us as a feature the country of the compound callsign - so it should be the right country, independent of prefix or suffix.

Enrico, OE1EQW

Am 12.04.2018 um 22:45 schrieb g...@isect.com:


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 WSJT-X.


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