NASWA Journal Columns · NASWA Awards, November 2005

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NASWA Awards, November 2005

British Commonwealth DXer

There has been some confusion over what is required for this award. The NASWA Awards Program states that the Senior British Commonwealth DX’er Award is for verification of at least one shortwave broadcast station in each of 30 broadcast countries that are or have belonged to the British Commonwealth. The Master British Commonwealth DX’er is awarded for 40 broadcast countries.

The following is a list of the current 53 Member Countries of the British Commonwealth (Additional Broadcast Countries that are a part of the Member Countries are shown parenthetically). Additional information may be found at their web site: www.thecommonwealth.org

  1. Antigua and Barbuda 1981
  2. Australia 1931
  3. The Bahamas 1973
  4. Bangladesh (East Pakistan) (India)1972
  5. Barbados 1966
  6. Belize (British Honduras) 1981
  7. Botswana (Bechuanaland)1966
  8. Brunei Darussalam 1984
  9. Cameroon (French Cameroon)1995
  10. Canada (Newfoundland)
  11. Cyprus 1961
  12. Dominica 1978
  13. Fiji Islands 1970
  14. The Gambia 1965
  15. Ghana (Gold Coast)1957
  16. Grenada 1974
  17. Guyana (British Guyana)1966
  18. India (Azad Kashmir, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Goa (Portuguese Goa), Kashmir, Sikkim)
  19. Jamaica 1962
  20. Kenya 1963
  21. Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)1979
  22. Lesotho (Basutoland)1966
  23. Malawi (Nyasaland)1964
  24. Malaysia (Malaya, Sabah (British North Borneo), Sarawak)
  25. Maldives 1982
  26. Malta 1964
  27. Mauritius 1968
  28. Mozambique 1995
  29. Namibia (South West Africa)1990
  30. Nauru 1968
  31. New Zealand 1931
  32. Nigeria (Biafra)1960
  33. Pakistan (India)1947
  34. Papua New Guinea (Admiralty Is., Bougainville, New Britain, New Guinea Terr., New Ireland, Papua Terr.)
  35. St Kitts and Nevis 1983
  36. St Lucia 1979
  37. St Vincent and the Grenadines 1979
  38. Samoa 1970
  39. Seychelles 1976
  40. Sierra Leone 1961
  41. Singapore 1965
  42. Solomon Islands 1978
  43. South Africa (Union of South Africa)1931
  44. Sri Lanka (Ceylon)1948
  45. Swaziland 1968
  46. Tonga 1970
  47. Trinidad and Tobago 1962
  48. Tuvalu 1978
  49. Uganda 1962
  50. United Kingdom
  51. United Republic of Tanzania (Tanganyika, Zanzibar) 1961
  52. Vanuatu (New Hebrides)1980
  53. Zambia (Northern Rhodesia)1964

Myanmar (then Burma) chose not to join (not allowed) and Ireland withdrew in 1949 (allowed). Commonwealth membership is confined to sovereign countries. Therefore British Dependent Territories: Anguilla, Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, British Indian Ocean Territory and St. Helena which may have taken part in Commonwealth functions are not considered members and should not be counted. This approved list of countries immediately supersedes any previous lists.

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