The County Hunters Award sponsored by CQ Magazine uses 4 Alaska Judicial Districts as counties.
(Not the U.S Census Districts or Boroughs in Alaska)
One can use the callsign lookup resources and convert Buckmaster, RAC Callbook Listings, or QRZ internet search - Detail - US County listing of an Alaska station's 'county' or 'location' to one of the four Alaska Judicial Districts used by the County Hunters Award system.
There is a map at the bottom of this page that graphically shows you the Judicial Districts boundaries versus the many U.S Census Districts and Boroughs. Zip codes can't be used as the first 3 numbers in some areas do cross Judicial District boundaries.
Alaska First Judicial District encompasses the following listed by callbooks as counties:
- Hoonah - Angoon
- Ketchikan Gateway
- Prince of Wales - Hyder
Alaska Second Judicial District encompasses the following listed by callbooks as counties:
- North Slope
- Northwest Arctic
- [This district includes man made oil drilling islands/pads in the Arctic Ocean]
Alaska Third Judicial District encompasses the following listed by callbooks as counties:
- Aleutians East
- Aleutians West
- Bristol Bay
- Chugach (Valdez-Cordova)
- Copper River
- Kenai Peninsula
- Kodiak Island
- Lake and Peninsula
Alaska Fourth Judicial District encompasses the following listed by callbooks as counties:
- Fairbanks North Star
- Kusilvak (Renamed in 2015 from former Wade Hampton census district. Apparently this census district was then put in the Fourth Judicial Distirct by the Alaska Court System *)
- Southeast Fairbanks
- Yukon - Koyukuk
THE FOUR JUDICIAL DISTRICTS OF ALASKA USED BY THE COUNTY HUNTERS AWARD.
Graphically the U.S Census Districts & Boroughs (often called counties by callbook references) that comprise the 4 Judicial Districts.*
Notes from KL7J.
There are no counties in Alaska because the conditions for statehood by the USA under lobbying pressure from mining and salmon canning interests was no counties with their ability to tax them. The Alaskan response in order to gain statehood was not to create counties. Alaska Constitution, Article 10, Section 3 subsequently mandated the entire state be divided into boroughs (per: Tom Stewart - AK constitutional convention chairman).
A confusing designation is regions. One can not use tourism or state legislative regions such as South Central, South Eastern, Far North, Interior, to define a judicial district as those regions can overlap judicial districts. More information is available in a video by PBS television on Alaska Statehood. For now the County Hunters Award uses the 4 Judicial Districts to be utilized as counties.
* Detailed Judicial Districts Map by the Alaska Court System that shows small villages/communities and towns. Download Map
Alaska is a huge area, this map has zoom ability and is a large server push file (asp), be patient.
** AK Census Districts Map   Alaska Boroughs and 2020 Census Districts.
1998. Updated 12/30/2021, Les Buchholz - KL7J, Soldotna, AK 99669.
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