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Old 20-12-2011, 16:32   #1
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Which country issues ZM callsigns?

Does anyone know which country issues ZM marine callsigns? There's a guy (English?) who keeps trying to check into ham nets but only has a marine callsign starting with ZM.
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Re: Which country issues ZM callsigns?

It's the ITU prefix for New Zealand.
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Thanks, just found the wiki page. Now I'm looking for a way to search for the owner.
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Re: Which country issues ZM callsigns?

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Does anyone know which country issues ZM marine callsigns? There's a guy (English?) who keeps trying to check into ham nets but only has a marine callsign starting with ZM.
For ham call signs, ZM is allocated to New Zealand, and is used only for "special events". I believe that the marine licenses use the same blocks of letters as the ham ones, so that is the likely origin for this chap's call sign (if real)

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For ham call signs, ZM is allocated to New Zealand, and is used only for "special events". I believe that the marine licenses use the same blocks of letters as the ham ones, so that is the likely origin for this chap's call sign (if real)

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Thanks. I think it's real, but I'm not sure he understands the difference between amateur and marine frequencies -- he seems to have tried checking in multiple times after being told we can't talk to him unless it's an emergency.
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Re: Which country issues ZM callsigns?

You can find the name of the ship correspnding to the callsign on this page of the ITU website: Particulars of Ship stations

But finding the name of the guy is another matter.

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You can find the name of the ship correspnding to the callsign on this page of the ITU website: Particulars of Ship stations

But finding the name of the guy is another matter.

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Here's the NZ ship registers info: Searching the register of ships - Maritime New Zealand
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I'm not sure he understands the difference between amateur and marine frequencies -- he seems to have tried checking in multiple times after being told we can't talk to him unless it's an emergency.
It's too bad the marine operators can't police themselves like the ham community does.
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