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How many old two-letter calls are left in Italy?

Updated to March 2013

 

How to identify the old two-letter calls

Just for fun, I have written a simple computer program for counting the old Italian calls having a two-letter suffix (like mine, JX). The current number of such calls is not very high, as they are not reassigned when becoming available (no vanity call program in Italy). Those calls can have:

Two-letter calls with IW prefix are not herein considered. As a matter of fact the IW calls (originally assigned to VHF-only licensees but now having also access to HF) may have a two-letter suffix, but these are not necessarily old calls, them being simply assigned in alphabetical order along with the three-letter suffixes (e.g. a typical assignment sequence is IW0BZY, IW0BZZ, IW0CA, IW0CAA, IW0CAB...).

It should also be noted that:

My program takes data from QRZ.com and OM-ITALIA, a nearly official Italian callbook being regularly updated every two months. I cannot be 100% sure that all deceased hams and expired licences were removed from those databases, so the current grand total of 272 calls may be somewhat overstimated.

 

The "active" old two-letter calls

How many of these are active? Difficult to tell, also because one should firstly define what "active" means. So, I have arbitrarily considered two thresholds with regard to the number of lookups that a ham has got on QRZ.COM:

The result of such analysis is shown below:

 

Italian Call-areas, Regions, Provinces

Italy is subdivided into twenty Regions. Picture below shows the Regions and the associated ham-radio call area.

As you can see, a call area encompasses one or more Regions (with the single exception of Region Basilicata, also called Lucania, which spans across two call areas). The five special-statute Regions (Trentino Alto Adige, Sardegna, Sicilia, Friuli Venezia Giulia e Valle d'Aosta) have a special prefix (IN3, IS0, IT9, IV3, IX1) instead of the usual I, IK or IZ.

Each Region comprises one or more Provinces. Picture below shows the inter-Region boundaries marked in red, and the inter-Province boundaries in blue. In most cases the Province name coincides with that of the Province chief town (e.g. we have the "Roma Province", the "Milano Province", etc.); accordingly the Province two-letter code usually is an abbreviation of the Province chief town (e.g. Province "MI" for Milan; you can see those codes on car plates).

 

The above picture does not show 7 new provinces that have been recently been added (the total number of provinces is currently 110). These are:

Those new provinces have however all been taken into account in the calls list shown below.

 

Old two-letter calls listing

As already mentioned:

 

Call area 0 (46 calls, 10 of which "active")

REGION LAZIO: 41 calls
- Province FROSINONE (FR): chief town Frosinone, zip code 03XXX, prefixes I0, IK0, IW0AA-PZZ, IZ0
1 call: I0PL

- Province LATINA (LT): chief town Latina, zip code 04XXX,  prefixes I0, IB0, IK0, IW0AA-PZZ, IZ0 
1 call: I0ZS 

- Province RIETI (RI): chief town Rieti, zip code 02XXX, prefixes I0, IK0, IW0AA-PZZ, IZ0
3 calls: I0CG I0HF I0NN

- Province ROMA (RM): chief town Roma, zip code 00XXX, prefixes I0, IK0, IW0AA-PZZ, IZ0 
35 calls: I0BF I0DP I0GO I0GQ I0HC I0HY I0IA I0IJ I0JU I0JX I0KT I0LL I0LY I0PT I0PV I0QH I0QI I0QM I0RE I0RM I0UR I0VF I0WG I0WK I0WM I0WU I0WV I0XF I0XJ I0YL I0YR I0ZE I0ZF I0ZV I0ZY

- Province VITERBO (VT): chief town Viterbo, zip code 01XXX, prefixes I0, IK0, IW0AA-PZZ, IZ0
1 call: I0BR

REGION UMBRIA: 2 calls
- Province TERNI (TR): chief town Terni, zip code 05XXX, prefixes I0, IK0, IW0QA-TZZ, IZ0
0 calls

- Province PERUGIA (PG): chief town Perugia, zip code 06XXX, prefixes I0, IK0, IW0QA-TZZ, IZ0
2 calls: I0WP I0YO

REGION SARDEGNA: 3 calls
- Province CAGLIARI (CA): chief town Cagliari, zip code 09XXX, prefixes IM0, IS0, IW0UA-ZZZ 
2 calls: IS0EP IS0GF

- Province CARBONIA-IGLESIAS (CI): chief towns Carbonia and Iglesias, zip code 090XX, prefixes IM0, IS0, IW0UA-ZZZ 
0 calls 

- Province MEDIO CAMPIDANO (MD): chief towns Sanluri and Villacidro, zip code 090XX, prefixes IM0, IS0, IW0UA-ZZZ 
0 calls 

- Province NUORO (NU): chief town Nuoro, zip code 08XXX, prefixes IM0, IS0, IW0UA-ZZZ 
0 calls 

- Province OGLIASTRA (OG): chief towns Lanusei and Tortoli, zip code 080XX, prefixes IM0, IS0, IW0UA-ZZZ 
0 calls 

- Province OLBIA-TEMPIO (OT): chief towns Olbia and Tempio Pausania, zip code 070XX, prefixes IM0, IS0, IW0UA-ZZZ 
0 calls 

- Province ORISTANO (OR): chief town Oristano, zip code 09XXX, prefixes IM0, IS0, IW0UA-ZZZ 
1 call: IS0OA

- Province SASSARI (SS): chief town Sassari, zip code 07XXX, prefixes IM0, IS0, IW0UA-ZZZ 
0 calls 

 


Call area 1 (41 calls, 4 of which "active")

REGION LIGURIA: 11 calls
- Province GENOVA (GE): chief town Genova, zip code 16XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1PA-ZZZ, IZ1
2 calls: I1SV I1UP

- Province IMPERIA (IM): chief town Imperia zip code 18XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1PA-ZZZ, IZ1
4 calls: I1MQ I1YM I1YS I1YX

- Province LA SPEZIA (SP): chief town La Spezia, zip code 19XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1PA-ZZZ, IZ1
1 call: I1WZ

- Province SAVONA (SV): chief town Savona, zip code 17XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1PA-ZZZ, IZ1
4 calls: I1BY I1FX I1GC I1ZB

REGION PIEMONTE: 29 calls
- Province ALESSANDRIA (AL): chief town Alessandria, zip code 15XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1AA-OZZ, IZ1
2 calls: I1DT I1SX

- Province ASTI (AT): chief town Asti,  zip code 14XXX,, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1AA-OZZ, IZ1
1 call: I1TH

- Province BIELLA (BI): chief town Biella, zip code 13XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1AA-OZZ, IZ1
3 calls: I1EG I1FY I1PW

- Province CUNEO (CN): chief town Cuneo, zip code 12XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1AA-OZZ, IZ1
2 calls: I1SU I1XC

- Province NOVARA (NO): chief town Novara, zip code 28XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1AA-OZZ, IZ1
2 calls: I1CF I1EL 

- Province TORINO (TO): chief town Torino, zip code 10XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1AA-OZZ, IZ1
17 calls: I1DO I1EM I1GK I1JS I1KO I1LM I1OP I1RB I1TV I1UW I1UX I1WJ I1XA I1XQ I1XR I1XZ I1YG

- Province VERBANO-CUSIO-OSSOLA (VB): chief town Verbania, zip code 28XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1AA-OZZ, IZ1
2 calls: I1EA I1NH

- Province VERCELLI (VC): chief town Vercelli, zip code 13XXX, prefixes I1, IK1, IW1AA-OZZ, IZ1
0 calls

REGION VALLE D'AOSTA: 1 call
- Province AOSTA (AO): chief town Aosta, zip code 11XXX, prefixes IX1, IW1AA-OZZ
1 call: IX1KF

 


Call area 2 (63 calls, 7 of which "active")

REGION LOMBARDIA: 63 calls
- Province BERGAMO (BG): chief town Bergamo, zip code 24XXX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2
5 calls: I2CU I2IL I2NV I2NX I2VO

- Province BRESCIA (BS): chief town Brescia, zip code 25XXX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2
4 calls: I2AE I2FU I2RD I2SP

- Province COMO (CO): chief town Como, zip code 22XXX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2
3 calls: I2GL I2MS I2SO

- Province CREMONA (CR): chief town Cremona, zip code 26XXX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2 
0 calls 

- Province LECCO (LC): chief town Lecco, zip code 23XXX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2
3 calls: I2FB I2FJ I2XN

- Province LODI (LO): chief town  Lodi, zip code 26XXX,, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2
1 call: I2MG

- Province MANTOVA (MN): chief town Mantova, zip code 46XXX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2
2 calls: I2KQ I2PY 

- Province MILANO (MI): chief town Milano, zip code 20XXX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2
31 calls: I2AK I2AV I2AZ I2BH I2BQ I2BT I2CD I2EE I2FD I2GM I2IH I2IV I2JQ I2JR I2JZ I2KH I2MI I2ML I2OM I2OS I2QS I2QW I2RR I2RV I2SG I2TL I2VT I2WQ I2XU I2YD I2ZU

- Province MONZA E BRIANZA (MZ): chief town Monza, zip code 200XX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2 (effective starting year 2008; until then territory belongs to MI province)
6 calls: I2AT I2GE I2KB I2LG I2TR I2ZX

- Province PAVIA (PV): chief town Pavia, zip code 27XXX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2
3 calls: I2PK I2RA I2UV

- Province SONDRIO (SO): chief town Sondrio, zip code 23XXX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2
0 calls

- Province VARESE (VA): chief town Varese, zip code 21XXX, prefixes I2, IK2, IW2AA-ZZZ, IZ2
5 calls: I2EF I2LI I2QX I2VW I2ZP 

 


Call area 3 (35 calls, 2 of which "active")

REGION FRIULI - VENEZIA GIULIA: 10 calls
- Province GORIZIA (GO): chief town Gorizia, zip code 34XXX, prefixes IV3, IW3QA-ZZZ
0 calls:

- Province PORDENONE (PN): chief town Pordenone, zip code 33XXX, prefixes IV3, IW3QA-ZZZ
1 call: IV3BP

- Province UDINE (UD): chief town Udine, zip code 33XXX, prefixes IV3, IW3QA-ZZZ
8 calls: IV3BO IV3GI IV3QC IV3RJ IV3TG IV3UT IV3VS IV3WH 

- Province TRIESTE (TS): chief town Trieste, zip code 34XXX, prefixes IV3, IW3QA-ZZZ
1 call: IV3OH

 

REGION TRENTINO - ALTO ADIGE: 6 calls

- Province TRENTO (TN): chief town Trento, zip code 38XXX, prefixes IN3, IW3AA-DZZ
2 calls: IN3NN IN3SQ

- Province BOLZANO (BZ): chief town Bolzano, zip code 39XXX, prefixes IN3, IW3AA-DZZ
4 calls: IN3BA IN3HB IN3HO IN3SW


REGION VENETO: 19 calls
- Province BELLUNO (BL): chief town Belluno, zip code 32XXX, prefixes I3, IK3, IW3EA-PZZ, IZ3
0 calls

- Province PADOVA (PD): chief town Padova, zip code 35XXX, prefixes I3, IK3, IW3EA-PZZ, IZ3
10 calls: I3AN I3BC I3BN I3EI I3HZ I3MZ I3OK I3ON I3VU I3ZH

- Province ROVIGO (RO): chief town Rovigo, zip code 45XXX, prefixes I3, IK3, IW3EA-PZZ, IZ3
0 calls

- Province TREVISO (TV): chief town Treviso, zip code 31XXX, prefixes I3, IK3, IW3EA-PZZ, IZ3
3 calls: I3UK I3VM I3ZO

- Province VENEZIA (VE): chief town Venezia, zip code 30XXX, prefixes I3, IK3, IW3EA-PZZ, IZ3
2 calls: I3LE I3TW

- Province VERONA (VR): chief town Verona, zip code 37XXX, prefixes I3, IK3, IW3EA-PZZ, IZ3
2 calls: I3EJ I3MW

- Province VICENZA (VI): chief town Vicenza zip code 36XXX, prefixes I3, IK3, IW3EA-PZZ, IZ3
2 calls: I3MU I3SY

 


Call area 4  (28 calls, 2 of which "active")

REGION EMILIA ROMAGNA: 28 calls
- Province BOLOGNA (BO): chief town Bologna, zip code 40XXX, prefixes I4, IK4, IW4AA-ZZZ, IZ4
6 calls: I4CC I4LD I4MK I4NE I4TA I4VI

- Province FERRARA (FE): chief town Ferrara, zip code 44XXX, prefixes I4, IK4, IW4AA-ZZZ, IZ4
4 calls: I4OG I4VQ I4YH I4YY

- Province FORLI-CESENA (FO): chief town Forli', zip code 47XXX, prefixes I4, IK4, IW4AA-ZZZ, IZ4
2 calls: I4DZ I4FN

- Province MODENA (MO): chief town Modena, zip code 41XXX, prefixes I4, IK4, IW4AA-ZZZ, IZ4
8 calls: I4BX I4CH I4HD I4OC I4QV I4RY I4TZ I4UD

- Province PARMA (PR): chief town Parma, zip code 43XXX, prefixes I4, IK4, IW4AA-ZZZ, IZ4
3 calls: I4ID I4VX I4ZC

- Province PIACENZA (PC): chief town Piacenza, zip code 29XXX, prefixes I4, IK4, IW4AA-ZZZ, IZ4
0 calls

- Province RAVENNA (RA): chief town Ravenna, zip code 48XXX, prefixes I4, IK4, IW4AA-ZZZ, IZ4
3 calls: I4GU I4OR I4VB 

- Province REGGIO EMILIA (RE): chief town Reggio Emilia, zip code 42XXX, prefixes I4, IK4, IW4AA-ZZZ, IZ4
0 calls

- Province RIMINI (RN): chief town Rimini, zip code 47XXX, prefixes I4, IK4, IW4AA-ZZZ, IZ4
2 calls: I4LX I4OF

 


Call area 5  (21 calls, 2 of which "active")

REGION TOSCANA: 21 calls
- Province AREZZO (AR): chief town Arezzo, zip code 52XXX, prefixes I5, IK5, IW5AA-ZZZ, IZ5
3 calls: I5CW I5UF I5ZT

- Province FIRENZE (FI): chief town Firenze, zip code 50XXX, prefixes I5, IK5, IW5AA-ZZZ, IZ5
8 calls: I5BZ I5PU I5RP I5UA I5UB I5VD I5XS I5YU

- Province GROSSETO (GR): chief town Grosseto, zip code 588XXX, prefixes I5, IA5, IK5, IW5AA-ZZZ, IZ5
1 call: I5DM

- Province LIVORNO (LI): chief town Livorno, zip code 57XXX, prefixes I5, IA5, IK5, IW5AA-ZZZ, IZ5
5 calls: I5IS I5RF I5WE I5XX I5YI

- Province LUCCA (LU): chief town Lucca, zip code 55XXX, prefixes I5, IK5, IW5AA-ZZZ, IZ5
3 calls: I5ES I5KG I5WC

- Province MASSA-CARRARA (MS): chief town Massa, zip code 54XXX, prefixes I5, IK5, IW5AA-ZZZ, IZ5
0 calls

- Province PISA (PI): chief town  Pisa, zip code 56XXX, prefixes I5, IK5, IW5AA-ZZZ, IZ5
1 call: I5BG

- Province PISTOIA (PT): chief town Pistoia, zip code 51XXX, prefixes I5, IK5, IW5AA-ZZZ, IZ5
0 calls

- Province PRATO (PO): chief town Prato, zip code 59XXX, prefixes I5, IK5, IW5AA-ZZZ, IZ5
0 calls

- Province SIENA (SI): chief town Siena, zip code 53XXX, prefixes I5, IK5, IW5AA-ZZZ, IZ5
0 calls

 


Call area 6  (12 calls, 2 of which "active")

REGION ABRUZZO: 3 calls
- Province CHIETI (CH): chief town Chieti, zip code 66XXX, prefixes I6, IK6, IW6MAA-ZZZ, IZ6
1 call: I6EH

- Province L'AQUILA (AQ): chief town L'Aquila, zip code 67XXX, prefixes I6, IK6, IW6MAA-ZZZ, IZ6
1 call: I6CX

- Province PESCARA (PE): chief town Pescara, zip code 65XXX, prefixes I6, IK6, IW6MAA-ZZZ, IZ6
1 call: I6SA

- Province TERAMO (TE): chief town Teramo, zip code 64XXX, prefixes I6, IK6, IW6MAA-ZZZ, IZ6
0 calls 

REGION MARCHE: 9 calls
- Province ANCONA (AN): chief town Ancona, zip code 60XXX, prefixes I6, IK6, IW6AA-LZZ, IZ6
4 calls: I6IG I6KM I6PZ I6YF

- Province ASCOLI PICENO (AP): chief town Ascoli Piceno, zip code 63XXX, prefixes I6, IK6, IW6AA-LZZ, IZ6
0 call:

- Province FERMO (FM): chief town Fermo, zip code 630XX, prefixes I6, IK6, IW6AA-LZZ, IZ6 (effective starting year 2009; until then territory belongs to AP province)
1 call: I6AU

- Province MACERATA (MC): chief town Macerata, zip code 62XXX, prefixes I6, IK6, IW6AA-LZZ, IZ6
1 call: I6BS

- Province PESARO E URBINO (PS): chief towns Pesaro and Urbino zip code 61XXX, prefixes I6, IK6, IW6AA-LZZ, IZ6
3 calls: I6DU I6KK I6NO

 


Call area 7  (5 calls, 1 of which "active")

REGION BASILICATA also called LUCANIA (see also call area 8): 0 calls
- Province MATERA (MT): chief town Matera, zip code 75XXX, prefixes I7, IK7, IW7PA-ZZZ, IZ7
0 calls

REGION PUGLIA: 5 calls
- Province BARI (BA): chief town Bari, zip code 70XXX, prefixes I7, IK7, IW7AA-OZZ, IZ7
2 calls: I7AH I7DN

- Province BARLETTA-ANDRIA-TRANI (BT): chief towns Barletta, Andria and Trani , zip code 700XX and 710XX, prefixes I7, IK7, IL7, IW7AA-OZZ, IZ7 (effective starting year 2008; until then territory belongs to BA and FG provinces)
2 calls:  I7HH I7WL

- Province BRINDISI (BR): chief town Brindisi, zip code 72XXX, prefixes I7, IK7, IL7, IW7AA-OZZ, IZ7
1 call: I7QA

- Province FOGGIA (FG): chief town Foggia, zip code 71XXX, prefixes I7, IK7, IL7, IW7AA-OZZ, IZ7
0 calls

- Province LECCE (LE): chief town Lecce, zip code 73XXX, prefixes I7, IK7, IW7AA-OZZ, IZ7
0 calls

- Province TARANTO (TA): chief town Taranto, zip code 74XXX, prefixes I7, IK7, IW7AA-OZZ, IZ7
0 calls 

 


Call area 8  (13 calls, 0 of which "active")

REGION BASILICATA also called LUCANIA (see also call area 7): 0 calls
- Province POTENZA (PZ): chief town Potenza, zip code 85XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8ZA-ZZZ, IZ8
0 calls


REGION CALABRIA
: 6 calls
- Province CATANZARO (CZ): chief town Catanzaro, zip code 88XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8PA-WZZ, IZ8
0 calls

- Province COSENZA (CS): chief town Cosenza, zip code 87XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8PA-WZZ, IZ8
1 call: I8YQ

- Province CROTONE (KR): chief town Crotone, zip code 88XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8PA-WZZ, IZ8
0 calls

- Province REGGIO CALABRIA (RC): chief town Reggio Calabria, zip code 89XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8PA-WZZ, IZ8
5 calls: I8CQ I8HG I8RS I8RZ I8VZ

- Province VIBO VALENTIA (VV): chief town Vibo Valentia, zip code 89XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8PA-WZZ, IZ8
0 calls


REGION CAMPANIA
: 7 calls

- Province AVELLINO (AV): chief town Avellino, zip code 833XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8AA-OZZ, IZ8
0 calls

- Province BENEVENTO (BN): chief town Benevento, zip code 82XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8AA-OZZ, IZ8
0 calls

- Province CASERTA (CE): chief town Caserta, zip code 81XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8AA-OZZ, IZ8
2 calls: I8DE I8JO

- Province NAPOLI (NA): chief town Napoli, zip code 80XXX, prefixes I8, IC8, IK8, IW8AA-OZZ, IZ8
5 calls: I8CI IC8HN I8JH I8NS I8TX

- Province SALERNO (SA): chief town Salerno, zip code 84XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8AA-OZZ, IZ8
0 calls


REGION MOLISE
: 0 calls

- Province CAMPOBASSO (CB): chief town Campobasso, zip code 86XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8XA-YZZ, IZ8
0 calls

- Province ISERNIA (IS): chief town Isernia, zip code 86XXX, prefixes I8, IK8, IW8XA-YZZ, IZ8
0 calls

 


Call area 9  (8 calls, 0 of which "active")

REGION SICILIA: 9 calls
- Province AGRIGENTO (AG): chief town Agrigento, zip code 992XXX, prefixes IG9, IH9, IT9, IW9AA-ZZZ 
0 calls

- Province CALTANISSETTA (CL): chief town Caltanissetta, zip code 93XXX, prefixes IT9, IW9AA-ZZZ
0 calls

- Province CATANIA (CT): chief town  Catania, zip code 95XXX, prefixes IT9, IW9AA-ZZZ
4 calls: IT9JT IT9OT IT9XH IT9XY

- Province ENNA (EN): chief town Enna, zip code 94XXX, prefixes IT9, IW9AA-ZZZ
0 calls

- Province MESSINA (ME): chief town Messina, zip code 98XXX, prefixes ID9, IT9, IW9AA-ZZZ 
1 call: IT9YE

- Province PALERMO (PA): chief town Palermo, zip code 90XXX, prefixes IE9, IT9, IW9AA-ZZZ 
3 calls: IT9DK IT9PA IT9UU

- Province RAGUSA (RG): chief town Ragusa, zip code 97XXX, prefixes IT9, IW9AA-ZZZ
0 calls

- Province SIRACUSA (SR: chief town Siracusa, zip code 96XXX, prefixes IT9, IW9AA-ZZZ
0 calls

- Province TRAPANI (TP): chief town Trapani, zip code 91XXX, prefixes IF9, IT9, IW9AA-ZZZ 
0 calls

 


GRAND TOTAL OF ITALIAN HAM RADIO LICENCES (Is + IKs + IWs + IZs): 52,081

GRAND TOTAL OF Is WITH A TWO-LETTER CALL: 272 (0.52%)

GRAND TOTAL OF "ACTIVE" Is WITH A TWO-LETTER CALL: 30

Call-area with highest number of two-letter calls: call-area 2 (63 calls)
Call-area with highest number of "active" two-letter calls: call-area 0 (10 calls)

Call-area with lowest number of two-letter calls: call-area 7 (5 calls)


Region with highest number of two-letter calls: Lombardia (63 calls)
Region with highest number of "active" two-letter calls: Lazio (10 calls)
Regions with lowest number of two-letter calls: Basilicata and Molise (0 calls)
 

Province with highest number of two-letter calls: Roma (35 calls)
Province with highest number of "active" two-letter calls: Roma (9 calls)
Provinces with lowest number of two-letter calls: 38 provinces have 0 calls 


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