Today I made a QSO on the 15m band with Z30U (Alec) from the Republic of Macedonia. The truth is that I did not know where that strange prefix was from when I made the qso.
Macedonia, officially the Republic of Macedonia, is a country located in the Vardar Macedonia region in the central Balkan peninsula in Southeastern Europe. It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991. It became a member of the United Nations in 1993, but as a result of a dispute with Greece over its name, it was agreed that it would be provisionally referred to within the United Nations as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, sometimes abbreviated as FYROM, until the dispute with Greece is settled.
Macedonia is a landlocked country that is geographically clearly defined by a central valley formed by the Vardar river and framed along its borders by mountain ranges. The terrain is mostly rugged, located between the Šar Mountains and Osogovo, which frame the valley of the Vardar river. Three large lakes — Lake Ohrid, Lake Prespa and Dojran Lake — lie on the southern borders, bisected by the frontiers with Albania and Greece. Ohrid is considered to be one of the oldest lakes and biotopes in the world. The region is seismically active and has been the site of destructive earthquakes in the past, most recently in 1963 when Skopje was heavily damaged by a major earthquake, killing over 1,000.