Section Abbreviations, most states ONLY have one section so the STATE abbreviation is used,
others like California have many sections, plus a few like "Pacific" and "maritime" or "MDC" for Maryland -DC
you need these for some arrl contests,  print them , try to memorize them  ,
if you are using logging software,  chances are the software WILL NOT  log incorrect abbreviations. Then your stuck. If you don't know
best thing is to ask the station your contacting what the abbreviation is ..


listed just below are states/provinces  with more than one section  and some of the more obscure sections, you might not know !
Further down the page , every section is listed.

Most of these are self evident..  except for California and the Ontario section   

Eastern  Massachusetts EMA
Western Massachusetts WMA
Southern New Jersey SNJ
Northern New Jersey NNJ
Eastern Pennsylvania EPA
Western Pennsylvania WPA
Eastern Washington EWA
Western Washington WWA

Eastern New York ENY
New York City - Long Island NLI
Northern New York NNY
Western New York WNY
Northern Florida NFL
Southern Florida SFL
West  Central Florida WCF
North Texas NTX
South Texas STX
West Texas WTX
Ontario North ONN
Ontario East ONE
Ontario South ONS
Greater Toronto Area GTA

Heres California and some that might be a bit confusing at first .
East Bay EB
Los Angeles LAX
Orange ORG
Santa Barbara SB
Santa Clara Valley SCV
San Diego SDG
San Francisco SF
San Joaquin Valley SJV
Sacramento Valley SV
Maryland-DC MDC
Puerto Rico PR
Virgin Islands VI
Maritime MAR
Pacific PAC
   


Heres a complete list of sections ,  USA, Canada and Mexico
 

Call Sign Area 1   Call Sign Area 2    Call Sign Area 3   Call Sign Area 4
Connecticut CT   Eastern New York ENY   Delaware DE   Alabama AL
East Massachusetts EMA   New York City - Long Island NLI   Eastern Pennsylvania EPA   Georgia GA
Maine ME   Northern New Jersey NNJ   Maryland-DC MDC   Kentucky KY
New Hampshire NH   Northern New York NNY   Western Pennsylvania WPA   North Carolina NC
Rhode Island RI   Southern New Jersey SNJ     Northern Florida NFL
Vermont VT   Western New York WNY   South Carolina SC
West Massachusetts WMA   Virgin Islands  KP2, NP2 VI   Southern Florida SFL
      West  Central Florida WCF
  Tennessee TN
  Virginia VA
  Puerto Rico  KP4 , NP4 etc PR

 

Call Area 5 Call Area 6 Call area 7 Call area 8
Arkansas AR  
East Bay EB
Los Angeles LAX
Orange ORG
Santa Barbara SB
Santa Clara Valley SCV
San Diego SDG
San Francisco SF
San Joaquin Valley SJV
Sacramento Valley SV
Pacific PAC
 
Arizona AZ  
Eastern Washington EWA  
Idaho ID  
Montana MT  
Nevada NV  
Oregon OR  
Utah UT  
Western Washington WWA  
Wyoming WY  
Alaska AK  
Michigan MI
Louisiana LA     Ohio OH
Mississippi MS     West Virginia WV
New Mexico NM      
Oklahoma OK    
North Texas NTX    
South Texas STX    
West Texas WTX    
   
 

 

Call Area 9 Call Area  ZERO     
Illinois IL   Colorado CO      
Indiana IN   Iowa IA      
Wisconsin WI   Kansas KS      
  Minnesota MN      
Missouri MO      
Nebraska NE      
North Dakota ND      
South Dakota SD      


 

Canadian Area Call Sign
 
 
Maritime MAR
Newfoundland/Labrador NL
Quebec QC
Ontario North ONN
Ontario South ONS
Ontario East ONE
Greater Toronto Area GTA
Manitoba MB
Saskatchewan SK
Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
Northern Territories
(includes the Northwest, Yukon
and Nunavut Territories)
NT
 
Mexican States, for now only used in the
10 meter contest . 
Mexican States Map LINK
Aguascalientes AGS
Baja California BAC
Baja California Sur BCS
Campeche CAM
Chiapas CHI
Chihuahua CHH
Ciudad de Mexico CMX
Coahuila COA
Colima COL
Durango DGO
Estado de Mexico EMX
Guanajuato GTO
Guerrero GRO
Hidalgo HGO
Jalisco JAL
Michoacan MIC
Morelos MOR
Nayarit NAY
Nuevo Leon NLE
Oaxaca OAX
Puebla PUE
Queretaro QRO
Quintana Roo QUI
San Luis Potosi SPL
Sinaloa SIN
Sonroa SON
Tabasco TAB
Tamaulipas TAM
Tlaxcala TLX
Veracruz VER
Yucatan YUC
Zacatecas ZAC