At the suggestion of Paul, ZL4TT, we applied to Radio Spectrum Management for, and have been granted, approval to treat the COVID-19 lock down period as a "special event".

This means that, for the duration of the lock down, New Zealand Amateurs may use the ZM prefix instead of the ZL prefix on their callsign.

Please feel free to use these call signs from today.

We hope that the use of the ZM prefix will:

  • help to relieve the boredom for amateurs stuck at home over the lockdown period; and
  • increase the profile of New Zealand amateurs (and New Zealand in general) overseas.

Stay safe in your bubble.



Originally published as an Infoline special on the 30th of March, 2020.