How DXCC started again in 1945

After Worldwar II Soon after World War II, amateur radio did start again, depending on rules in the different countries around the world. Some hams had already permission to start making QSOs and others had to wait until they got permission. In the United States, FCC was given permission to resume amateur contacts by means of FCC Order 130. That order became effective on November 15, 1945. The date, November 15,1945, is very important for DXCC, because it is the start date for giving country credits for the Postwar DX Century Club membership. The full text of FCC order 130 is given below. F.C.C. Order No. 130. At a session of the Federal Communications Commission held at its offices in Washington, D.C., on the 9th day of November, 1945; WHEREAS certain of the frequency bands allocated to the Amateur Radio Service in the Commission's Report of Allocations from 25,000 kilocycles to 30,000,000 kilocycles dated May 25, 1945, are now available for use by amateurs as authorized by this order; and, WHEREAS it is considered advisable that certain orders adopted by the Commission during the emergency, affecting the Amateur Radio Service, be cancelled, and that amateur station licenses be validated for a temporary period to permit the orderly processing of applications for new, renewed and modified licenses; IT IS ORDERED THAT: 1) All amateur radio station licenses which were valid at any time during the period December 7, 1941 to September 15, 1942, and which have not heretofore been revoked are hereby VALIDATED for a six- month period commencing with the effective date of this order and ending May 15, 1946 (3 A.M. Eastern Standard Time). 2) (a) The following frequency bands are available for use for amateur station operation except in Central, Southern and Western Pacific Ocean areas, subject to the limitations and restrictions set forth herein. (1) 28.0 to 29.7 Mc., using type A1 emission. (2) 28.1 to 29.5 Mc., using type A3 emission. (3) 28.95 to 29.7 Mc., using special emission for frequency modulation (telephony). (4) 56.0 to 60.0 Mc., using types A1, A2, A3 and A4 emissions and, on frequencies 58.5 to 60.0 Mc., special emission for frequency modulation (telephony). This band is available for amateur operation until March 1, 1946 (3 A.M. Eastern Standard Time). (5) 144 to 148 Mc., using A1, A2, A3 and A4 emissions and special emissions for frequency modulation (telephony and telegraphy). The portion of this band between 146.5 and 148 Mc. shall not be used, however, by any amateur station located within 50 miles of Washington, D.C., or Seattle, Washington. (6) 2300 to 2450 Mc., 5250 to 5650 Mc., 10,000 to 10,500 Mc., and 21,000 to 22,000 Mc., using on these four bands, A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5 emissions and special emissions for frequency modulation (telephony and telegraphy). (b) Upon the effective date of this order, no frequencies other than those assigned in this order shall be used for amateur operation. 3) The following orders of the Commission are hereby canceled: (a) Order No. 72, dated June 5, 1940, together with all amendments thereto, prohibiting amateur radio operators and amateur radio stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission from exchanging communications with operators or radio stations of any foreign government or located in any foreign country. (b) Order No. 73, dated June 7, 1940, together with all amendments thereto, prohibiting portable and portable-mobile radio station operation by licensed amateur operators and stations on frequencies below 56,000 kilocycles. (c) Order No. 87, dated December 9, 1941, and Order No. 87A, dated January 9, 1942, prohibiting all amateur radio operation. (d) Order No. 87B, dated September 15, 1942, suspending the issuance of renewed or modified amateur station licenses. This order shall become effective the 15th day of November, 1945 (3 A.M., Eastern Standard Time). BY THE COMMISSION: T. J. Slowie, Secretary The above notice was modified by FCC. just before November 15, 1945. Hawaii and the Pacific possesions got their go also: Because military clearance could not be completed in time, the FCC order quoted above did not apply to Hawaii and the island possessions in the Pacific. However, on November 14th, just before the effective date of the order, FCC was able to act, and by means of its Order 130-A it amended the quoted order so that K6 was able to go on the air with the rest of us. In Par. 2(a), the words "except in Central, Southern and Western Pacific Ocean areas" are struck out. However, in the fifth item of frequencies, concerning the 144-148-Mc. band, Honolulu is added to the list of cities within 50 miles of which amateurs may not use the portion between 146.5 and 148 Mc. until further order. ANNOUNCING!! Plans for DX Century Club In QST of December 1945, (page 73) ARRL made the following announcement; It won't be long (we hope!) before it is possible to resume our DX contacts. Just what form the postwar DX picture will take no one can say, but we do know that as we get back our long-range bands, DX work will again take its place as one of the most fascinating of amateur activities. There are sure to be many changes in the line-up of countries. There will be hams at innumerable spots we just dreamed of before. The prospects for interesting DX contacts are more intriguing than ever. The fact is, it looks like we may have an almost new amateur radio so far as DX is concerned. The DX Century Club, as we knew it, will be far out-dated. It must be reorganized to fit the new conditions. Therefore, farewell to the old DX Century Club! We are going to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start. Rules for a new DX Century Club are being formulated. They will be made as simple and straightforward as possible, with full benefit taken from lessons learned under the old rules. A new countries-list must be formulated. The old DX crowd will appreciate the magnitude of that task! The new DX Century Club will have no connection with the old. Everyone will start on an equal footing. Only contacts made after V-J Day will count. Confirmed contacts with 100 countries will remain the basic requirement for membership. Complete details will be announced later. Members of the old DX Century Club and those amateurs who made Century Club listings are invited to continue to send any new cards which confirm contacts made prior to December 8, 1941. There will be no new QST listings of the prewar Century Club. However, upon request from any of the members or any amateur who was listed in the 75-to-100 group, we will send a letter certifying the total number of confirmed countries prior to the Pearl Harbor shut-down. Those desiring such certification are asked to drop us a postal card with current address. If you have received or do receive any additional confirmations covering prewar contacts, send them in for full credit, in accordance with the old rules. Official rules for the new DX Century Club will be announced later. In the meantime, as bands are returned to amateur radio, start working all the DX you can and collect confirmations as of old. Be off to a good start when the rules are announced. Let's go!
Prewar DXCC The statement in the announcement of a plan for a NEW DXCC was very clear. There would be NO connection between the old Prewar DXCC and the upcoming DXCC 1945. ARRL stated also that upon request, one could sent in additions to his or her Prewar DXCC.
Postwar DXCC