Australians will be able to use the AX Prefix in place of the VK callsign prefix from 19th to 23rd September 2022, to Commemorate Queen Elizabeth 2nd.

The RASA and WIA Presidents approached the ACMA, the Australian Spectrum Regulator, seeking support for the use of the AX Prefix to commemorate the life of Queen Elizabeth II. ACMA advised that the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination 2015 limits the use of the AX prefix on three specific days: 26 January, 25 April and 17 May.

The ACMA does not have discretion to authorise the use of the AX prefix on any other days. However, ACMA noted the significance of the event, and the desire of RASA and the WIA to commemorate the passing of Queen Elizabeth II by using the AX prefix. ACMA advised that compliance action for the use of the AX prefix for the period requested would not be a priority for the ACMA.

On this basis, we encourage VK amateurs to exchange VK with AX for the period 19-23 September 2022 in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd. Vale Queen Elizabeth II.